Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormones are chemical messengers secreted by different glands or tissues to help coordinate the body’s physiology, or the normal functioning of the organs, tissues and cells. A variety of health issues can result when hormones are out of balance, including, but not limited to, cancer, PMS (premenstrual syndrome), aches and pains, accelerated aging, osteoporosis and neurological problems. What must be in balance are cortisol (stress hormone), estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, the thyroid and parathyroid hormones, and the pituitary gland — the master hormone gland that controls the other hormones.
Proper hormonal balance (amount, ratio and timing of each hormone) is essential for a high level of health. Any number of stressors can throw off the balance and result in disease. Stressors include, but are not limited to, toxicity, emotional stress, pregnancy, menopause, infections, structural issues, vitamin and mineral imbalances and electrical energy imbalances.
Two additional glands must be in balance with each other so that each can compensate for the other if one is functionally deficient. These are the thyroid gland, which is located in the neck and controls our metabolism, and the adrenal glands, which are found on top of the kidneys.
Prime candidates for hormone therapy includes woman undergoing uncomfortable levels of life or health stress, or those who are not functioning as well as they could be (i.e., low libido or chronic fatigue). It is important to normalize hormone levels as they determine so much of our physical and mental health.
Hormone balancing is a large part of our women’s wellness program, as hormones play a vital part in every woman’s health and well-being. Women of all ages experience hormone imbalances, but symptoms often become evident from the late 20s to the early 40s. Symptoms may include difficulty losing weight or rapid weight gain, depression, insomnia, hot flashes and low libido.
Bioidentical hormone replacement can be an effective medical treatment for menopause. Dr. Robin Ridinger, MD will work with you to determine the extent of your imbalance and help design a course of treatment to help bring your body back into balance.
Blood, urine and saliva are usually tested to determine which hormone level is abnormal and to what degree. When the level of a hormone is higher or lower than it should be, action can be taken to normalize that level and restore balance with the other hormones. This is critically important with the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, as so much of who we are and how healthy we are depends on these hormones being in balance.
Once levels and ratios have been determined, normalization of the levels and balance occurs by first removing causes of the imbalance (e.g., stress, toxicity, dietary deficiency) and then by substituting natural hormones (as opposed to synthetic hormones from other species) where the patient is deficient. Hormone substitution can be administered orally (by mouth) or transdermally (through absorption across the skin).
Monitoring results through further lab tests or through symptomatology is also part of natural hormone therapy.