HORMONES

Bio-Identical Hormones

A Breakthrough in Achieving Hormonal Balance

Hormones are very powerful.  When they are in balance, life is good.  We feel energetic, happy, sexy, and alive.  We sleep well and are energized in the morning. Our weight loss efforts from good nutrition and fitness programs actually work. We lose weight and keep it off. On the other hand, when hormones are out of balance, multiple symptoms can arise. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing hormonal imbalance:

  • Hot flushes/night sweats

  • food cravings

  • weight gain/inability to lose weight

  • foggy thinking

  • decreased libido

  • hair loss

  • vaginal dryness

  • breast tenderness

  • depression

  • arthritis/joint pains

  • migraines/headaches

  • insomnia/sleep disturbances

  • poor concentration

  • fatigue

  • inability to build/maintain muscle

  • irritability/mood swings

  • PMS

  • anxiety

  • bloating

  • impaired immune system/frequent infections

The traditional way of treating these symptoms is with antidepressants or synthetic hormones called Conventional Hormone Therapy (CHT). examples of CHT include medications such as Premarin™, Provera™ (medroxyprogesterone acetate), Evista™, Activella™, all oral contraceptives, levonorgestrel and norethindrone. Women have had less than favorable results or even adverse outcomes with these synthetic hormones.

The Women’s Health Initiative is a study that looked at over 8,000 women who used Premarin™ or Prempro™. This study found that women on these medications had an increased risk of breast cancer, blood clots, heart attacks and strokes. These chemicals can act as toxins, as their chemical makeup cannot be metabolized in the human body correctly. Premarin™ is derived from pregnant mare urine. It has many estrogens in it that are not naturally found in a woman. Some of the estrogens in Premarin™, such as equilin, are very powerful and the levels need to be monitored. However, there are not any blood or saliva tests that monitor levels of horse estrogens (or progesterone substitutes such as Provera™).

At The Johnson Center, we only use bioidentical estrogens, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA, when indicated. Bioidentical hormones are an exact replica of the hormones that are produced in your body. Bioidentical hormones mimic human hormones on all biologic pathways/receptors. They fit into the corresponding receptor perfectly. The other difference between CHR and BHRT is that BHRT treatment regimens are custom tailored to the individual based on results blood testing, medical history, physical exam and symptoms. CHT is a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

Hormone Replacement is not just for the Elderly

A large study showed that living a Western lifestyle is a huge stress on our body. Stress will cause a reduction in our hormones. That is why we are seeing so many young women and girls with PCOs, an increasing number of women in their 30's and 40's (1 in 4) taking a prescription antidepressant and/or anti-anxiety medication. an increasing number of women going into menopause in their young forties, an increasing number of infertility in both men and women, and an increasing number of overall declining health in men and women

Our Hormones are Necessary of Health

As we age our ovaries or testes stop producing the necessary amount of hormones necessary for fertility.  But our adrenals should continue to produce enough  estrogen, progesterone and testosterone to keep us healthy. Unfortunately because our adrenals are having to pump out significant amounts of cortisol due to the multitude of stresses in our lives, they can’t produce our sex hormones. And without our sex hormones, our health, energy and vitality will suffer.

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