Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Programs
Atlanta Bioidentical Hormones clinicians at Progressive Medical Center treat the whole person, not simply a low hormone lab result. They do this by listening to what symptoms patients describe, and even if the lab results are normal, the doctors will still look to rebalance the patient’s whole system. The symptoms that are commonly associated with imbalanced hormones can be corrected with utilizing Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and supplementing testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. Bioidentical Hormones are utilized to correct hormonal imbalances, most commonly in the treatment of symptoms of andropause, perimenoapuse, and menopause. However, even men and women with other symptoms, such as headaches, infertility, weight gain, or sleep disturbances may benefit from Bioidentical Hormone Treatment Therapy. The Atlanta Bioidentical Hormones specialists at Progressive Medical Center offer programs for both men and women.
Bioidentical Hormone Programs for Women’s Health
Specializing in treating the symptoms of female hormone imbalances, the Atlanta Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy experts at Progressive Medical Center have helped countless women to improve their overall quality of life. There are a variety of symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances that may vary depending on whether a woman is premenopausal, menopausal or postmenopausal. Women troubled with infertility may have hormone imbalance. A fairly common phenomenon in premenopausal women is premenstrual syndrome.
A variety of symptoms may be associated with PMS including physical discomforts such as:
- Weight gain
- Abdominal cramps
- Sleep disturbances
- Mood swings and irritability
- General unhappiness
At the start of menopause, estrogen levels decrease and women may experience symptoms such as:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Sleep disturbances
- Weight gain
- Mood changes
Declining estrogen and progesterone levels not only impact women physically but may also increase the risk of bone loss. Both estrogen and progesterone may be utilized as part of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement. When a woman has a hormone imbalance, treatment with topical hormones can resolve her symptoms sometimes instantaneously. It is important to find a knowledgeable practitioner of integrative and functional medicine to determine imbalances and receive a customized treatment plan.
Bioidentical Hormones For Men’s Health
Hormones are powerful chemicals and are constantly held in a precise balance by the body. Some men thrive with robust levels of hormones, while other men feel at their best with moderate levels of hormones. However, most men feel bad if they have very low hormone levels. Men with low testosterone may experience abdominal weight gain, poor memory, depression, fatigue, weakness, low muscle mass, bone loss and lack of sex drive. Most men begin to experience hormonal imbalances as they age, primarily due to the gradual decline of testosterone as men enter their 30s.
The decline in testosterone may cause a number of symptoms, which include:
- Muscle weakness and atrophy
- Low libido
- Metabolic syndrome
- Night time urination
- Male pattern balding
Declining testosterone levels not only impact men physically but may also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, anxiety, and depression. Testosterone replacement has been found to improve a number of conditions associated with hormonal imbalances such as insulin resistance, bone loss, and poor muscle mass. Testosterone may be utilized as a predictor of diabetes and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement with testosterone improves insulin resistance.
Testosterone replacement is also known to increase muscle tissue and improve bone density in men with declining testosterone levels. A man with low testosterone may find dramatic improvement in his health after using Bioidentical Hormone supplementation. However estrogen levels in men are also important. With too little estrogen, a man can have poor libido. Excess estrogen or problems getting rid of hormones can pose a problem for a man with prostate cancer. Progesterone levels are also measured for comprehensive men’s health care.
Throughout life hormones change. Testosterone and estrogen levels begin to decline as men age. Evaluation of hormone levels can identify hormonal imbalances and inform your doctor how to prescribe the specific Bioidentical Hormone Replacement formula needed to get you feeling better. A true understanding of male hormonal health will involve not only testosterone, but also estrogens and progesterone. In addition to sex hormones, it is also important to evaluate adrenal function, thyroid function, and bowel function. These systems are all interconnected in the body and a knowledgeable physician must take these other factors into account to fully balance a man’s hormones.
Getting Started With Bioidentical Hormone Supplementation
For safe Bioidentical Hormone supplementation, an integrative medical doctor will use your test results and symptoms to determine the minimum dosage needed to resolve your symptoms. Integrative medical doctors often institute measures to enhance the safety and efficacy of this treatment. Each patient is monitored carefully through regular follow-up hormone panels to ensure they achieve symptom relief at the lowest possible dosage. In the initial stages, hormone testing will be done every three months to monitor treatment and hormone levels. Once hormonal balance is restored, hormone levels will be monitored yearly. The doctor will assess and support the body’s ability to metabolize hormones, which is fundamental to safe and effective Bioidentical Hormone Replacement.
To learn more about obtaining a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program contact an Atlanta Bioidentical Hormones expert at Progressive Medical Center of Atlanta to schedule a consultation!