Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used to treat the following conditions or symptoms:
A gradual process that happens when a woman’s ovaries make less estrogen and progesterone and her lifetime supply of eggs is depleted. A woman is considered to have reached menopause when she hasn’t menstruated for 12 months. Natural menopause typically occurs between ages 45-53. Common symptoms of menopause Include: Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling, irritability, mood swings, sudden tears, trouble sleeping through the night, loss of libido, crashing fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
The period of transition to natural menopause during which the body undergoes physiologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production; Symptoms of perimenopause can include irregular menstrual periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, bloating, breast tenderness, and mood swings. Perimenopause can last several years until the woman finally becomes menopausal with the cessation of both ovarian function and menstrual bleeding.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Many women struggle with severe emotional and physical symptoms 1-2 weeks prior to the menstrual cycle. These symptoms are often a result of low progesterone production. Symptoms may include severe bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, fatigue, irritability, and insomnia.
Andropause is the period of a man’s life, occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55, marked by a drop in testosterone hormone levels secreted by the testicles. The body changes occur and may be accompanied by symptoms such as changes in attitudes and moods, weight gain, fatigue, a loss of energy, loss of sex drive, lowered physical agility and low muscle mass. It is a phenomenon similar to female menopause.
An imbalance of your thyroid hormone can affect every metabolic function in your body. Your thyroid gland is your body’s regulator. Thyroid hormone modulates carbohydrates, protein, fat metabolism, vitamin uses, digestion, muscle and nerve action, blood flow, hormone excretion, oxygen utilization, and sexual function. Thyroid disorders generally involve over-activity or under-activity of the thyroid gland. Hypothyoidism occurs when the thyroid gland is underactive, causing insufficient production of thyroid hormones. Hyperthyroidism occurs when there is over activity of the thyroid gland, causing excess production of thyroid hormones. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as autoimmune thyroiditis, or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disease. With Hashimoto’s, antibodies react against proteins in the thyroid gland, causing gradual destruction of the gland itself, making the gland unable to produce the thyroid hormones the body needs. Symptoms of Hashimoto’s vary per patient. At Rocky Mountain Comprehensive Health, we consider the patient’s history and symptoms as well as thyroid lab results in determining the best treatment approaches for thyroid disorders.
Weight Loss Resistance
Our overall body composition is greatly dependent on having balanced hormones, a healthy digestive tract, a balanced diet and an awareness of food allergies. Both men and women over the age of 40 have a higher risk of developing imbalances between their insulin, cortisol, and blood sugar levels, resulting in insulin resistance and weight gain. Low testosterone levels in men and low progesterone and testosterone levels in women, along with hidden thyroid problems can exacerbate a person’s ability to lose weight. At Rocky Mountain Comprehensive Health, we perform a thorough medical history and laboratory testing to assess all potential hormone imbalances, and evaluate all potential mitigating factors inhibiting weight loss to develop a comprehensive and effective treatment program.
Fatigue can be present in a variety of ways and take many forms. Fatigue resulting from adrenal imbalances is sometimes referred to as “adrenal fatigue” or adrenal insufficiency. This condition occurs when the adrenal glands are secretingt the wrong levels of stress hormones — either too low or too high — in relation to the amount that’s needed. This mismatch often results in troubling symptoms including overwhelming fatigue, inability to cope with stress, sleep disturbances, lightheadedness, recurrent infections, fuzzy thinking, low libido, marked irritability, and anxiety. At Rocky Mountain Comprehensive Health, our Integrative medicine approach acknowledges adrenal health exists on a continuum. When adrenal imbalance is suspected, blood and saliva testing are performed to check the values of the hormones secreted by the adrenal glands, specifically DHEA and cortisol. Both traditional and alternative treatments may be recommended to help create lasting health and balance.