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Women Living Their Best Life

Restore Your Balance with Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy for Women

Women typically start experiencing hormonal changes around the age of 35. These symptoms may continue to worsen as a woman ages. From loss of interest in sex and vaginal dryness, to decreased concentration, poor energy levels, hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia; we are all impacted differently. Women no longer need to suffer from these debilitating symptoms.

Bio-identical hormone therapy for women refers to hormones that are structurally and chemically identical to our endogenous (or natural) hormones.

The Goal of Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy (BHT)

Hormone optimization / hormone therapy for Women in Cincinnati can help with many of the symptoms of hormonal decline but also can reduce and sometimes even help reverse many diseases associated with aging. There is a lot of published data showing how some hormones reduce the risks of: cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, cataracts, improves immune function and lowers cholesterol.

Benefits

Testosterone Benefits
  • Contributes to muscle mass, strength

  • Decreases fat

  • Increases exercise tolerance

  • Enhances sense of well-being

  • Increases libido

  • Supports a healthy cardiovascular system

  • Lowers cholesterol

  • Reduces blood sugar

  • Increases bone density

 
Estrogen Benefits
  • Protects against heart disease and stroke

  • Increases bone density

  • Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease

  • Protects against vaginal atrophy (vaginal dryness)

  • Helps with urinary incontinence

  • Treats hot flashes and night sweats

 
Progesterone Benefits
  • Prevents Estrogen dominance

  • Promotes breast health (along with Testosterone)

  • Protects against uterine cancer, breast cancer, fibrocystic disease

  • Helps women relax and sleep better

HORMONE OPTIMIZATION

Step 1: The Consultation

Your initial consultation with one of our providers for Hormone Optimization Therapy for Women in Shelby will begin with a thorough look into your past medical and surgical history, family history, and current medications, with specific attention paid to the symptoms you are struggling with.

Step 2: Tests

Next, we will obtain several blood tests to look at your sex steroid hormone levels, other hormones which can contribute to endocrine disruption, and serum markers to get a better picture of your overall health, including a complete blood count, and vitamin D level. Additional testing is available on request.

Step 3: Follow Up

We will see you back in the office in 1 to 2 weeks, review your test results and initiate therapy if appropriate. We will discuss FDA approved (traditional HRT) and bioidentical compounded hormone therapy and the pros and cons of each. Diet, exercise, lifestyle modifications and optimal supplementation are all discussed as an important part of this therapy.

Step 4: Results

Most women start to notice improvement in symptoms approximately 3 weeks after starting hormone therapy with an improvement in libido/vasomotor symptoms at that time. Overall sense of wellbeing, mood and effects on quality of life occur at 3-4 weeks after initiation of therapy. Improvements in lipids, CRP (marker of inflammation) and visceral fat usually occur after 6-12 months of therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? HRT is a treatment that involves taking hormones to supplement the body's natural hormone levels. It is often used to help alleviate symptoms of menopause and other hormone imbalances.

What are the benefits of HRT? HRT can help alleviate symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. It can also help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, improve skin elasticity, and increase libido.

What types of hormones are used in HRT? HRT can involve the use of estrogen, progesterone, or a combination of both. There are various forms of hormone therapy, including pills, patches, gels, creams, and injections.

Are there any risks associated with HRT? Like any medical treatment, there are risks associated with HRT. Some of the potential risks include an increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and blood clots. We will do a full physical assessment to make sure you are the right candidate for HRT.

How long does it take for HRT to start working? The time it takes for HRT to start working varies depending on the individual and the type of therapy. Some women may notice an improvement in symptoms within a few days, while others may take several weeks.

 

Can men benefit from HRT? Yes, men can benefit from HRT. It can help alleviate symptoms of low testosterone, such as low libido, fatigue, and muscle loss. It can also help improve bone density and overall energy levels.

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