What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are prescription hormones that are molecularly IDENTICAL to the hormones naturally produced by your own body.
At Vibrant Health Naturopathic Medical Center, we ONLY use natural bio-identical hormones. We also believe that BALANCED hormones will lower risk of developing various hormone-related cancers and slow the degenerative aging process.
It is only logical to believe that what is identical and familiar to the human body would be safer and better tolerated than that which is chemical and foreign to the body.
Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
The use of bio-identical hormone therapy is now a highly sought out treatment by men & women who are seeking symptomatic relief and to slow some of the degeneration involved with the aging process. It can also be helpful for younger woman who suffer from PMS, PMDD, severe mood swings, and other gynecological problems related to an underlying hormone imbalance.
Menopause Symptom Relief
Many women suffer from menopausal symptoms because they are frightened of synthetic hormone replacement due to knowledge of the risks involved. In 2002 the National Institute of Health determined that conventional synthetic hormone replacement could increase a women’s risk of breast cancer, coronary events, stroke, and blood clots. The study did not use any bio-identical hormones.
Custom Compounded Bioidentical Hormones
Dr. Schertell and Dr.Mauss formulate custom compounded bioidentical hormone preparations for her patients, based on their individual needs. Saliva, urine, and/or blood testing are performed to determine the strength and dosage for the patient. Many patients report an improvement in symptoms within 1 week!
Most women experience a 30% drop in estrogen by age 50, then a sharp drop with menopause. Additionally, there is a trend of 75% loss of progesterone from age 35 to 50, followed by an additional loss of 50% by age 75. Properly controlled bio-identical hormones may slow down or delay the negative aging effects of hormonal decline. Replenishing and rebalancing hormones can rejuvenate and restore a sense of youthfulness.
Symptoms of Estrogen Deficiency:
Difficulty falling asleep, forgetfulness, mood changes, hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, reduced stamina, dry vagina or painful intercourse, loss of skin radiance, upper lip wrinkles, sagging breasts, weight gain, body stiffness or joint pain, headaches, bloated feeling.
Symptoms of Progesterone Deficiency:
PMS, breast tenderness before menstruation, heavy bleeding, large dark clots with menstruation, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, memory loss, weight gain, vaginal dryness, reduced libido, fibroids, or endometriosis in some cases.
Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency:
Low libido, decreased muscle tone and strength, increased body fat, and decreased bone density. Hair loss, low motivation, decreased self-confidence, moodiness, and decreased energy are also possible.