Conditions Treated With Bioidentical Hormones
Esther Konigsberg, M.D. is a Toronto and Burlington Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy BHRT Doctor that designs personalized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs to men and women suffering from the consequences of hormonal imbalances or decline. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to reduce many of the symptoms that are the result of hormonal imbalances. Many of these conditions and their related symptoms can occur at any age and may be due to numerous causes. Some of these causes can include aging, poor nutritional intake, environmental factors, stress, and a lack of exercise.
Some of the conditions that can be helped with bioidentical hormones include:
Andropause is a phase that occurs in middle-aged men that is brought on due to testosterone deficiencies, and it has also been referred to as a male menopause. By the age of 30, testosterone begins to decline at a rate of 10% each decade, and when men reach their mid 40’s or 50’s, testosterone takes a steep drop. While this decline is not as sudden as what occurs for women during menopause, it still causes a series of life changing symptoms, which can include insomnia, night sweats, low libido, erectile dysfunction, anxiety, depression, irritability, weight gain, muscle atrophy, and decreased workout performances.
During perimenopause, the body is preparing to stop the menstrual cycle, and during this time, the ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone. This period can last from 4-6 years, and it usually begins in a woman’s mid to late thirties or forties. Symptoms may include dysmenorrhea, irregular periods, water retention, acne, bloating, migraines, fatigue, low libido, and mood swings.
After 12 months of no menstrual period, a woman has completed the transition into menopause. During menopause, the ovaries no longer produce significant amounts of estrogen and progesterone, and the hormone production responsibility shifts to the adrenal glands. If a woman has not fatigued her adrenal glands with stress and has regularly exercised and kept a healthy diet for the last 40 or 50 years, then the adrenal glands are equipped to handle hormone production. However, this is usually not the case, and women experience a series of unpleasant menopausal symptoms, which can include hot flashes, night sweats, low libido, vaginal dryness, mood swings, dry skin, weight gain, increased anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Hyperthyroid occurs when the thyroid hormone is produced in excessive amounts. Most treatments for hyperthyroid involve completely stopping the thyroid gland from producing hormones, which causes a deficiency of thyroid hormone. In hyperthyroid, a person may experience weight loss, thinning hair and skin, spontaneous sweat, anxiety, panic, irritability, and nervousness.
The thyroid gland controls many aspects of metabolism, and it helps to synthesize fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. When the thyroid hormone is lacking, it brings on the condition known as Hypothyroid, and symptoms may include sudden weight gain, anxiety, sensitivity to cold, dry skin, thinning hair, and heavy periods.
Adrenal Fatigue usually comes on when a person has experienced too much stress for a long period of time, which causes the adrenal glands to constantly release cortisol. Cortisol helps the body to counteract the inflammatory effects of stress, and without it, a person could die of the reactions caused from stress. For this reason, the body may begin to convert its store of sex hormones in the adrenal glands into cortisol to meet the body’s needs. This can cause an imbalance of sex hormones, and when this occurs, a person may experience symptoms that include fatigue, no motivation, insomnia, hair loss, body aches, headaches, and nervousness.
Chronic Fatigue syndrome can be due to hormonal imbalances related to the kidneys and the adrenal glands. The kidneys produce hormones, and when they are not producing enough hormones due to stress, a person can experience ongoing fatigue, which is the main symptom in chronic fatigue. Some of the other symptoms of chronic fatigue can include poor concentration, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, a chronic sore throat, and muscle aches.
Weight Loss Resistance
When hormones are imbalanced, no matter how hard men or women try to eat right, exercise, and make healthy lifestyle choices, it can seem impossible to lose weight. Usually, estrogen and progesterone imbalances are to blame for weight gain and the inability to lose weight. However, when hormones are balanced, it can be easier to lose weight.
To learn more about the conditions that can be treated using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, contact Toronto and Burlington Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor, Esther Konigsberg, M.D. today to schedule a consultation!