Bio-Identical Hormone replacement therapy

Signs and Symptoms of Hormone imbalance

Hormone therapy involves optimizing hormones that are no longer produced properly in the body. Many of the symptoms experienced are all that we contribute to aging and occur in many women after the age of 35. Female menopause affects all women, typically in the 40s or the 50s. Symptoms often occur abruptly and lead to dramatic drops in estrogen, testosterone and progesterone levels in the body. Low hormone levels overall can seriously affect one’s mental and physical health. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle loss
  • Hot flashes
  • Gynecomastia
  • Night sweats
  • Low libido
  • Hair loss
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Urinary issues
  • Memory Loss

Ultimately, hormonal imbalances can be the root of many chronic health problems. It can even increase the risk of serious diseases. Tucson Wellness MD has developed a hormone replacement therapy for women that have a proven track record of supporting optimal health as well as a healthy long-term hormonal balance

Hormone Replacement Program

  • Personalized replacement therapy programs with matching solutions according to symptoms
  • Thorough analysis of lab results, medical, family and personal history
  • Comprehensive hormone level testing
  • Nutritional guidance and support
  • Quality hormones and pharmacy-grade supplements

Hormone Replacement Therapy in Tucson

Why Normal hormone levels matter
Hormone levels are connected to many circulatory issues and risks. A report by Harvard Medical School showed that bio identical hormone replacement therapy can aid the widening of coronary arteries. This is of great help to women with angina or other issues that are related to the heart. It can also reduce the chances of stroke and heart attack. It is necessary for us to encourage our body to rebalance itself naturally whenever we have some hormonal imbalance or deficiency.
This can be achieved by the elimination of stress (this can be done by consistency in prayer/meditation, daily exercise, regular massage, simplifying our lives, etc.), providing our body with the needed nutrients through vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, etc., detoxifying the liver (which is the main filter and helper when hormonal levels exceeds some limits), supporting glandular health (glands like the adrenals, thyroid, ovaries, etc.) with herbs at Tucson Wellness MD.

Hormonal shortages can sometimes be replenished by plant-derived bio identical hormones. These bio identical hormones unlike their synthetic counterparts cannot be distinguished from the body’s own hormones chemically. We have professionals who have worked with bio identical hormones for 20 years. Formulations of bio identical hormones meet the unique individual needs of our clients through custom-blending at a compounding pharmacy. Our medical staff at Tucson Wellness MD works in several compounding pharmacies locally and some all over the country. It is ideal to balance hormones based on a foundation of healthy body and is nourished perfectly and when main glands and organs are working as they should. This is where a naturopathic physician has great advantage. As a matter of fine tuning, the knowledge of body chemistry, healthy diet, power of natural supplementation, and stress reduction which can assure optimal health and hormone balance.

Natural bio identical hormones that area compounded are great substitutes to average hormone replacement and can be used in any dose, strength, makeup or delivery system that works best for each patient’s exclusive needs.

How do we decide our patient’s unique needs? We do so by combining the art of science and medicine Also, by testing hormonal levels Through a detailed interview and physical examination. Our medical team at Tucson Wellness MD combines the greatest natural approaches with the greatest advanced alternative therapies for our clients to achieve complete balance of hormones. You should be expecting vibrant health, symptom free and vibrant health and a smooth return to feeling like yourself. Each patient has his or her own exclusives and this requires a lot of experience, asking the right questions, and knowing how to make modifications for the best possible outcome which is making you feel excellent again.

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Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
How fast a patient sees results of the treatment is one of the highest benefits of hormone replacement therapy. There are so many symptoms of low hormone levels which are seen to cease after a few therapy sessions. Almost all our women patients report almost immediate results. This treatment helps their emotional life and also aid mental focus. At Tucson Wellness MD, we make use of hormones that mirror the same structure of the ones found in the body for our hormone replacement therapy. We are also aware that every patient has a unique difference and so, we create modified treatment plan for each of our patient by extensively evaluating of our client’s body needs. Improvement of your sleep, sex drive, immune system, skin and overall appearance, and cognitive function are our focus at Tucson.
Hormonal degeneration in women is seen to cause perimenopause and menopause. The stage before menopause that lasts from 4 to 6 years and at this time, the ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone. Because of this, some women can experience decreased sex drive, irregular periods, decreased motivation, migraines, fatigue, increased PMS, amenorrhea, infertility or dysmenorrhea.

If a woman doesn’t see her period for more than twelve months, menopause starts and during menopause, the adrenal glands now take over the production of estrogen and progesterone because of the seizure in production of these hormones by the ovaries. Some people also have their adrenal glands burned out due to excessive caffeine, stress and this leads to a major hormonal deficit. This deficiency of hormone can cause vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, osteoporosis, weight gain, hot flashes, insomnia, nervousness, anger, depression or flabby muscles.
  • Weight loss
  • Higher libido
  • Healthier emotions
  • Vibrant skin
  • Healthier heart function
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Increase in sense of wellness
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased sexual function
  • Decrease in hot flashes or night sweats
  • Thicker hair
  • Lustrous nails
  • Increase in muscle mass
  • Better workout performances

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All About Hormone Therapy
As we all know, the period in a woman’s life when she naturally stops having menstrual cycles is called menopause. It is the end of what is considered the reproductive years. In America, the average age of menopause for women is 51 years old. Before this period, many women enter a period known as premenopause which is a period that changes in the level of estrogens (a hormone that is responsible for controlling the menstrual cycle). In women, the levels of estrogen and progesterone change during childbearing. These hormones are made by the ovaries and are responsible for maintaining menstrual cycle. Estrogen helps prepare the endometrium, the uterine line by making them grow and thicken for possible pregnancy. When an egg is released during this period and doesn’t get fertilized, the level of these two hormones decrease and the uterus sheds it lining. This occurs monthly.
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Additional Information on Hormone Therapy for Women

Signs & Symptoms of Perimenopause

Signs & Symptoms of Perimenopause?

The signs and symptoms women experience may vary depending on the levels of estrogen in the body. A common sign of perimenopause is cycle changes. Cycles may become longer or shorter, periods skipped or lighter or heavier periods. While some changes in the cycle are normal, it is important to discuss them with your doctor. Always immediately contact your doctor if you have bleeding after sex, between periods, bleeding that lasts for more days than usual, spotting or any bleeding after the process of menopause at all.

While a hysterectomy ends menstrual periods, it doesn’t cause menopause. The ovaries must be removed in order to go through that process (surgery is known as an oophorectomy). This causes immediate signs and symptoms of menopause if is done before a woman has received this time of her life.

Hot Flashes

This is one of the common symptoms of this time. It is a sudden feeling of heat that spreads across the face and body. The skin reddens and some break into a sweat. They can last a few seconds to several minutes. They aren’t harmful, but can be uncomfortable. Some women have them at night that may wake them up.

Bone Changes/Osteoporosis

During the first 4-8 years after menopause, women lose bone quickly. This rapid loss is because of the decreased levels of estrogen in the body. If too much bone is lost, it can increase a woman’s risk of osteoporosis. This can lead to bone breaks.

Vaginal or Urinary Tract Changes

When estrogen levels decrease in the body, changes can take place within the vagina. Ultimately the vaginal line gets dryer, thinner and last elastic. This dryness may cause pain during intercourse. Vaginal infections also become more common. The urinary tract changes with age too. The urethra can become inflamed, irritated and dry. Some women may feel the need to urinate more often and have a higher risk of urinary tract infections after menopause too.

Hormone Therapy Types

This therapy can help to relieve the symptoms of either perimenopause or menopause. This can mean taking estrogen or progestin for those who haven’t had a hysterectomy and still have a uterus. It is a form of progesterone. Taking progestin will help to reduce the risk of cancer within the uterus.

Local Therapy

The first type is local therapy, which is commonly used in women who have vaginal dryness only. This is done with a vaginal ring, cream or tablet. These forms release small amounts of estrogen into the tissue of the vagina, which helps to restore the elasticity and thickness of it while helping with irritation and dryness overall.

Systemic Therapy

With this type of therapy, hormones are releases into the bloodstream and travel to where they are needed. This form uses estrogen in pills, gels, sprays, skin patches and more. If progestin is prescribed to the patient, it will be given separately or combined with estrogen in order to be taken. For estrogen-only therapy, it will be taken daily or every few days. For women in combined therapy, they will use cyclic or continuous therapy methods. With cyclic, estrogen is taken daily and progestin every few days. Continuous therapy is when both estrogen and progestin are taken daily.

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What to Know About Hormone Therapy

Know More about the Therapy

Hormone therapy has countless benefits, but also has risks. Side effects can and do occur in some women. In terms of benefits, systemic and local therapy relieves vagina dryness, some hot flashes and night sweats and can help to prevent bone fractures. Combined estrogen and progestin therapy may also reduce the risk of colon cancer.

In terms of risks, estrogen therapy can cause the uterine lining to grow, which increases the risk of uterine cancer. However by adding progestin, it reduces one’s risk. Combined hormone therapy has shown a small increased risk of heart attack whether because of age or other medical conditions. It also has shown a small increased risk of breast cancer.

In terms of side effects, combined hormone therapy can cause vaginal spotting or heavier bleeding then a menstrual period. Fluid retention and breast soreness are two other common side effects too.

While hormone therapy can relieve some symptoms, it is important to weigh out the options with your doctor. It should be limited to treating these symptoms of perimenopause and menopause at the lowest dose for the shortest period of time as possible. Continued use should be reevaluated annually.
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Quick Guide to Hormone Replacement Therapy

Guide to Hormone Therapy

The treatment where hormones are delivered to the body in a bid to preventing certain health conditions or symptoms of menopause or perimenopause in women is known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Hormones used for this therapy are manmade or synthetic hormones but they act like natural hormones seen in the human body when inside of the body. Hormone replacement therapies are often prescribed by physicians because it really guards against certain ailments such as cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and can treat menopause. Many believe that the risks associated with hormone replacement therapy in women are more than its advantages. While this might be true, it is dependent on the patient and their individual health. This is why it is advised that you have a discourse with your doctor on a personal basis.
A series of studies conducted by The Women’s Health Initiative in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health revealed a lot. The researchers gathered health information from women who had gone through menopause. They tried to find out whether or not hormone replacement therapy can affect a woman’s chances of developing osteoporosis, heart diseases, breast or colorectal cancers after going through menopause. Two groups of women were studied; the first group was made up of women who had their ovaries removed and took estrogen or a placebo pill and the second group were postmenopausal but hadn’t had surgery (took a combination of HRT or a placebo). They got to know that the risks outweighed the advantages when it came to hormone replacement therapy. They discovered that the long-term use (of 5 years and above) increased a woman’s chances of having heart attacks, stroke, blood clots and breast cancer. This increase in risks equals to about 8 extra events per 10,000 women yearly. It is advised that you visit your physician if you want to make any changes to your individual therapy plan if you are already taking hormone replacement therapy. This would ensure that they consider the risks and symptoms that are particular to you and decide whether or not it should be changed. Hormone replacement therapy does not in any way offer protection against colorectal cancer and the risk of developing osteoporosis. Some other therapies can be used instead of hormone replacement therapy. These alternatives can be the use of vaginal estrogen creams, antidepressants, herbal supplements, soy products, etc.

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Questions to Ask Your Health Care Provider

Good Starting point

  • What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?
  • What are common side effects?
  • What are the risks associated with it?
  • Are hormones right for me? Why or why not?
  • How long should I use this therapy type?
  • What is the lowest dose I can take that will work for me?
  • Are there any non-hormone medicines that I can take?

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Menopause 101

Tucson Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

Not only does hormone replacement therapy have numerous benefits, it also has risks. These risks are seen in some women and when the benefits are weighed, it is seen that both systemic and local therapies get rid of some hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and can prevent bone fractures. A combined therapy of both estrogen and progestin might also decrease the chances of someone having colon cancer.

The risks associated with hormone therapy include growth of the uterine lining, and this increases the chances of uterine cancer. This chance can be greatly reduced by adding progestin to the therapy. This combination in its own has shown a very small increase in the chances of heart attack and breast cancer either because of age or other health conditions.
This combined hormone therapy can also lead to vaginal spotting or heavier bleeding than usual during menopause, breast soreness and fluid retention.

Hormone balancing consultation

Do you feel somehow and have been wondering if the felt symptoms are linked to perimenopause or menopause?

Common symptoms of perimenopause

  • Memory pauses
  • Loss of hair
  • Loss of libido
  • Feeling irritated
  • Insomnia
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Dryness of the vagina
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced motivation

A large number of women experience perimenopausal symptoms earlier in life (in their mid-thirties). These hormonal changes can be caused by so many factors like autoimmune condition, environmental toxins, poor diets, long-lasting stress, etc. Hormonal balance can be achieved through stress management and exercise, vitamins, dietary composition, herbs, hormone supplementations when needed, etc.

Our health team at Tucson Wellness MD will examine your hormone levels as indicated, your individual history, etc. and create a plan to support your body’s ability to regulate itself. They will make use of integrative approach with powerful nutrition, use of herbs and other plant-based supplements, mind-body exercises and various relaxation techniques to help restore hormonal balance in your body. They can also add hormone supplementation when needed and the ultimate goal of the team is to get you back in balance and make you feel great once again.
It is important for you to weigh other options available with your physician first before opting for hormone therapy. The usage should be limited to treating symptoms of perimenopause and menopause at the least dose for the shortest period of time as possible. The continuous use should be reexamined annually.