Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for a Better Life
Hormones are chemical messengers that help all of our organs, tissues, and cells communicate within the body, which is why Hormone Replacement Therapy can be a powerful tool to boost to your health and heal your adrenals. Activities of hormones include food metabolism, maintaining body temperature, cardiovascular health, healthy hair, skin and sleep patterns as well as regulating mood and cognitive functioning. Hormones keep the whole body in balance and are crucial to the health and vitality of both men and women.
After the age of 25, our hormones begin to decline gradually and around the age of 35 most men and women have a deficiency in their primary hormone levels, and start to experience a range of symptoms. Symptoms commonly associated with hormone imbalance are:
Loss of skin elasticity leading to wrinkles
Loss of libido
Loss of motivation
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, also known as BHRT, uses naturally occurring bio-identical hormones to bring hormone levels back to optimal levels relieving symptoms and restoring the quality of life we enjoyed in our younger years.
The Beverly Hills Rejuvenation approach to BHRT is to achieve hormone balance through proper testing and treatment using the lowest dose treatment needed at the appropriate frequency to relieve symptoms without side effects. We believe our techniques and methods are unique as they create “Hormone Optimization” that is effective at healing your adrenals, and is safe long term.
Bio-Identical Vs. Synthetic Hormones
As we age, women move into the menopause stage and men into andropause. These two conditions result in symptoms such as erratic sleep patterns, deterioration of functions of sexual organs, increased irritability, unpredictable mood swings, muscle wasting, and abnormal weight fluctuations. All these symptoms are an indication of hormonal imbalance and this can be treated through types of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
1. Synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapies
Synthetic hormones created by pharmaceutical companies aid in restoring depleted hormones. The most common synthetic hormones used for HRT include testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and insulin.
Synthetic Hormones are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies from both man-made and animal sources. For example, synthetic estrogen is often produced from the urine of a pregnant horse and contains 40 + different estrogens. The human body contains three estrogens. Synthetic hormones are not a match to human hormones and are less effective with a high side effect profile. Synthetic hormones are prepackaged and cannot be individualized.
Synthetic hormones have been in use for several decades. Research shows they come with a host of risk factors. These include drug dependency, treating symptoms without treating underlying causes, and increase risks for adverse medical conditions such as cancer.
2. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Scientist have determined that natural approaches to hormone treatment alleviate risks associated with synthetic hormone replacement treatments. Bio-identical hormones are extracted from plants and matched to an individual’s endocrine system.
Bio-identical hormones treat symptoms and the underlying causes of hormonal imbalance in both men and women. The benefits include:
Improved muscle mass
Improved cognition and memory retention
Reduced risk factors to cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes
Decreased risks for depression and bipolar by stabilizing moods.
Over the last ten years of treating patients with hormone deficiencies, we’ve come to develop basic guidelines for treating our patients:
Prescribe hormones only when there’s a proven deficiency shown by proper testing and medical evaluation.
Prescribe the smallest dose possible to restore healthy hormone levels without side effects.
Only prescribe Bio-Identical hormones – never synthetic.
Bio-identical hormones have been available for over 50 years and are a natural and safe option for hormone replacement . Bio-identical hormones are processed using Wild Yam and Soybean plants. These hormones match the same chemical structure found in human hormones. Creating the same response as hormones found naturally in the body which means an effective treatment with low side effect profile. Bio-Identical hormones are individualized and made specifically for each patient.
Do I Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The basics for optimal health and longevity are proper diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation and Bio-Identical hormone replacement therapy. Addressing these areas of health can slow down the aging process by stopping cellular degeneration and allowing regeneration of tissue and healing. Physical and mental decline are not requirements of aging. It is possible to stop much of this undesirable aspect of aging as well as the symptoms and diseases associated with aging. BHRT is a customizable science which has been shown to not only prolong life but prolong the quality of one’s life.
If you’re over the age of 35 and currently sitting on the fence, ignoring the symptoms and changes in your body, you could be unnecessarily suffering from the effects of a hormone deficiency or imbalance. Beverly Hills Rejuvenation specializes in total hormone replacement therapy regimens as well as diet and nutritional supplementation to heal your adrenals and achieve maximum benefits of health and vitality. After a complete health evaluation including a comprehensive exam, blood work up and body composition analysis, a treatment protocol will be created specifically for you and regularly monitored for optimal hormone levels and results
Hormones Levels Can Have a Major Impact on Weight Control
Most of us don’t realize the vast reach of hormones within the body, and how they can affect the body’s ability to maintain a healthy weight. Insulin is a metabolic hormone that most people are familiar with. However estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, human growth hormone (HGH) and more all play a direct role in how the body is able to process food and convert it effectively into energy and bodily tissues. When these levels fall out of their optimal zones, it can be nearly impossible to lose excess weight.
The physicians at BHRC can test your hormone levels simply and easily, then help you to get them back in line so that you can have an easier time getting the body you deserve.
HRT Patches Making Hormonal Balance Easier And Safer
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medication can be administered in a variety of ways. Oral pills, using patches, vaginal gels, pessaries, and injections are the most common. HRT patches are almost as widely used as oral pills.
Are HRT Patches Better Than Pills?
Studies show HRT patches have milder side effects compared to pills. They are easier to apply since you only apply once or twice a week. They are more convenient since you don’t have to remember and follow dosages. You stick to the skin and get on with your business.
Where Should You Wear HRT Patches?
HRT patches can be worn almost anywhere on the skin. However, for optimal effect and safe use, they are mostly worn around the belly, buttocks, and hips.
How Often Should You Change Your Patches?
How regularly you change your HRT patches depends on the type of HRT, the brand of patch, type of adhesive, and your hormonal levels. Frequent changes are about twice a week though most patients wear one patch for a week or two.
What Are The Side Effects Of HRT Patches?
HRT patches have minimal side effects. Plus, the side effects are milder compared to pills. Some of the reported side effects include:
Increased risk of blood clots
What Are The New Approaches To HRT?
Scientists are coming up with more convenient and safer methods of HRT drug administration. The aim is to reduce risk factors and provide more stable solutions that are easier on the pocket. Some new methods include:
Long term single tablets
New vaginal gels and pessaries.
Are HRT Patches Safer and Easier To Use?
Indeed they are. They are more convenient compared to pills. Easier to self-apply compared to injections. And can be discreetly tucked away inside clothing. They release the hormones slowly into the bloodstream. The dosage bypasses the liver, reducing risks of liver disease.
What Causes Hot Flashes? How Do I Treat and Prevent Them?
Over two-thirds of women experience at least one instance of hot flashes during their early stages of menopause. What causes hot flashes? Are they treatable and preventable?
What Are Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes are characterized by a sensation of rapid increase in body temperature. The sensation is commonly accompanied with excessive sweating and an increased heart rate.
What Causes Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes are triggered by changes in the circulatory system and the endocrine system. The reduction of hormones produced in our bodies and hormonal imbalance results in reactions that bring on symptoms of menopause and aging.
How Do I Prevent Hot Flashes?
The best mode of prevention is making healthy lifestyle choices. Your diet, exercise, and use of caffeine can have a direct impact on your chances of suffering hot flashes.
How Do I Treat Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes can be treated with non-prescription drugs, prescription drugs, and hormone replacement therapy. Diet and herbal options may also work to eliminate or ease the symptoms.
Discover What Causes Hot Flashes And Prevention Methods
The causes of hot flashes include dietary problems, cardiovascular problems, hormonal imbalance, and circulatory problems. To avoid these, make healthy lifestyle choices. Wholesome balanced diets, smoking cessation, reducing alcohol intake, and regular exercise will work to promote a healthier body and prevent and treat hot flashes.
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Hormone Replacement Therapy: Balance Your Hormones for a Better Life
Whether you are just beginning to experience symptoms of hormone decline or have been experiencing hormonal changes for a long time, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) may be the answer for you.
Bio- Identical hormone replacement therapy is highly individualized. The medical professionals at Beverly Hills Rejuvenation specialize in BHRT and are trained to properly test, evaluate and prescribe treatment specific to each patient needs. Symptoms of hormone imbalance can overlap, and the risk of no treatment or improper treatment is great without a medical professional with real expertise in BHRT. Done right, BHRT can give you back health, vitality and that skip in your step you once had.
Preparations of BHRT may include the following hormones:
Bio-identical Estrogen—The balance of estrogen is closely tied to presence of progesterone in the body, as the two work hand in hand. Too much estrogen without enough progesterone is called “estrogen dominance” and can cause headaches, bloating, weight gain, breast tenderness and may be linked with breast and uterine cancer. Other estrogen imbalances, as caused by post-menopause, can produce decreased sexual function and libido, as well as osteoporosis, hot flashes, weight gain and behavior changes ranging from depression to irritability to mood swings.
Bio-identical Progesterone—Progesterone is a hormone involved in the female menstrual cycle and pregnancy, and therefore affects both pre- and post-menopausal women. Progesterone also plays a role in skin elasticity and bone strength and is important to the regulation of ovulation and menstruation. Low levels in younger women are associated with infertility and menstrual irregularities. Post-menopausal women with low progesterone levels will experience severe hot flashes, arthritis, mood swings and depression. BHRT can be an effective way to counter these symptoms.
Bio-identical Testosterone (for men and women)—Testosterone is a steroid hormone found in both males and females which declines naturally with age in both sexes. Testosterone contributes to the growth of muscle mass, strength, and bone density, as well as playing a major role in the development of reproductive tissues. Testosterone deficiency in males is characterized by diminished libido, erectile dysfunction, hair loss and depression. In women, deficiency of testosterone is characterized by absence of menstruation, decreased libido, hair loss and hot flashes. Testosterone hormone optimization therapy can return your body’s testosterone to its balanced levels.
Bio-identical Human Growth Hormone (HGH)—HGH is a hormone that stimulates growth, cell regeneration and reproduction in humans. Growth hormone deficiency is caused by issues in the pituitary gland, and has different effects at different ages. Low levels of HGH in adults is common, and can manifest as lean body mass, poor bone density, and other psychological symptoms like memory loss and depression. Luckily, our hormone replacement program is an effective method to reverse these changes.
Bio-identical Thyroid—The thyroid hormone controls metabolism and energy and can have dangerous effects when levels are low. Deficiency of the thyroid hormone, also called hypothyroidism, can cause extreme weight gain, hair loss, constipation, fatigue, and trouble with memory. Low thyroid issues can also cause slowed speech, carpal tunnel syndrome, and goiters. As monitoring hormones is a delicate balancing act, too much thyroid hormone can be just as dangerous, causing extreme weight loss and bulging eyes. Hormone Therapy can help balance out the levels of your thyroid hormone allowing you to get back to feeling like yourself again.
Bio-identical Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)—DHEA is a hormone created by the adrenal glands and is a precursor to all major sex hormones. It is common for DHEA production to significantly drop off as we age, and women typically have lower levels of DHEA than men. Though DHEA supplements are offered over-the-counter in the US, as DHEA is a strong steroid hormone, we suggest coming in to assess your DHEA levels and pursue treatment under professional supervision. Symptoms of decreased levels of DHEA are extreme fatigue, low libido, decreased muscle mass, depression and aching joints. If you have begun to experience these symptoms, BHRT may be right for you.
Bio-identical Melatonin—Melatonin is a hormone that plays a large role in the sleep cycle, as the catalyst for melatonin secretion is decreased exposure to light. Low levels of melatonin can cause anxiety and are tied to diabetes. Signs of a melatonin deficiency are insomnia, depression, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, and sensitivity to stress.
Bio-identical Pregnenolone—Pregnenolone is a hormone tasked with controlling the sex and adrenal hormones of the body. Not only does pregnenolone control other hormones, it also improves the transmission of communication between brain cells. Those with low pregnenolone suffer from low energy, low to extreme moodiness, and short term memory failure. Depression and cluster headaches are also signs of low pregnenolone.