Finding Your Balance
Active in cells througout the body, hormones govern key facets of your health such as moods, memory, energy, sleep, libido, and fertility. They not only regulate your immune system and response to stress, but help maintain bone and muscle mass too. Factors such as stress, diet, exercise, and environmental toxins impact your overall hormone wellness. This is particularly true at mid-life, when reproductive functions diminish and significant hormone production is taken over by the adrenal glands.
Symptoms resulting from hormonal shifts in yout body can be felt strongly, leading you to feel physically or mentally out of balance. Hormone Replacement Therapy helps tremendously.
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are manufactured hormones that, on a chemical and molecular level, are identical to the hormones found naturally in men and women's bodies. Thanks to this matching structure, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is easier on the body and causes fewer side-effects than its artificial counterparts. At our compounding pharmacy, we work frequently with bioidentical sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) as well as many other types of hormones, including DHEA and pregnenolone.
When Should You Consider Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
At many different times in our lives (and for any number of reasons) hormone levels in men and women's bodies can become imbalanced. When your hormone levels are off balance, you can experience any number of undesirable symptoms:
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles
- Weight Changes
- Low Stress Tolerance
- Vaginal Dryness
- Yeast Infections
Unfortunately, this barely scratches the surface of side effects than can result from having imbalanced hormones. Equally unfortunate, many of the traditional hormone replacement therapies cause so many side effects that they may be more trouble than they are worth.
The Importance of Testing
When hormone levels begin dropping in menopause (and andropause), a deficiency of one hormone can actually appear as a relative excess of another, resulting in symptoms of hormone imblanace.
Comprehensive baseline testing gives you and your healthcare provider an in-depth picture of your hormone levels. Testing reveals your individual level of hormone production and pinpoints imbalances. At the Lime in the Coconut, we offer this testing so the guesswork is taken out of treatment. It also makes it possible for us to tailor a bio-identical hormone replacement plan specifically for you.