Knowing why and how our bodies change during the aging process gives us an opportunity to
prevent or delay the onset of age-related discomfort.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a treatment
for many common and debilitating symptoms that are often overlooked.
As we get older, many of us blame it on age when we fatigue easily or put on weight that’s hard to get off. Some of us suffer from insomnia, irritable bowels, dry skin and hair loss. And then there’s the drop in our libido, as if, as we get older, we’re just not that interested in sex anymore. We can get moody or even depressed, or experience memory loss and poor concentration.
Many times, hormonal imbalance is the root cause of these many symptoms. Such imbalance can occur due to natural changes, including menopause in women and a drop in testosterone in men. In addition, environmental and dietary toxins can accelerate hormone imbalance and difficult symptoms. But a diminished quality of life isn’t a foregone conclusion. If your hormones are imbalanced, hormone therapy may be able to effectively treat it.
Common hormones that can be replaced are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These are used to treat men and women whose hormones are low or out of balance. These forms of hormones are custom made by a compounding pharmacy based on your individual needs. They go through safety and purity testing and can be compounded in a variety of different doses in the form of topical cream, spray and pellets to be inserted under the skin.
Certain hormonal imbalance symptoms are common in women, particularly as they approaching or a in menopause. Some common effects of low hormones include:
· Hot flashes
· Night sweats
· Vaginal dryness
· Loss of interest in sex
· Pain during sex
· Problems sleeping
· Loss of energy
· Loss of muscle mass
· Weight gain
· Foggy thinking
· Mood changes
· Memory loss
The goal is to replace the hormones that have been lost with the hormone therapy. As a result, hormone levels will increase and symptoms will improve. Your Restorasis clinician can discuss with you the variety of options available and guide your therapy based on your individual needs and preferences.