Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Hormone levels decline as we age; bioidentical hormone therapy replenishes the hormones that your body needs to function optimally. The molecule of the bioidentical hormone is identical in structure to the hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, dhea and thyroid ) naturally found in the body. We at the wellness center of springfield, use bioidentical hormones instead of synthetic hormones. We will assess your individual needs and help you bring your hormone levels into an optimal, more youthful range.
Where do bioidentical hormones come from?
These biologically identical hormones are extracted from plants and made in the lab. The end result is a hormone molecule identical to the molecule that is made in the human body. Some experts refer to these hormones as "natural", where we at the wellness center of springfield believe the term "natural" can be misleading, because the only thing natural about these hormones is the fact that they are made in a compounding pharmacy lab to be identical to our own natural human hormones.
Who needs Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
Women suffering from early menopause symptoms looking to put an end to hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, mood swings, weight gain, and low libido will experience improved symptoms when we replace their declining hormones with bioidentical hormones. We design individualized programs specifically for each woman suffering from early menopause symptoms, menopause, perimenopause, and severe PMS.
Men experiencing the male menopause or andropause who want to improve lost libido, fatigue, stress, low energy, loss of muscle mass, and increased body fat will also enjoy success with bhrt. For men, andropause happens gradually and when diagnosed, the symptoms are successfully treated using bioidentical hormones.
What is estrogen?
Estrogen is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands in women and in the testes, adrenal glands and pituitary gland in men. There are three types of estrogen in a woman's body: Estrogen, Estradiol, and Estriol. In women, estrogen is responsible for the growth and development of sexual characteristics. Estrogen stimulates growth of the uterine lining in the first part of the menstrual cycle, helps to regulate cholesterol metabolism and bone growth. In addition, estrogen also boosts libido and sexual desire.
What kind of pharmacy can fill a prescription for Bioidentical Hormones?
Prescriptions are filled at a special type of pharmacy called a compounding pharmacy. These pharmacies can provide you with any drug from pharmaceutical companies. But compounding pharmacies are able to do more. The compounding pharmacists use pure pharmaceutical grade hormones and prepare it in the dose and form that we prescribe for your individual needs. Your program is customized and personalized based on your symptoms and lab levels. In order to assure an adequate dose and response to treatment, your hormone levels are monitored and adjusted to maintain optimal levels.
In summary, bioidentical hormones are identical in structure to the hormones that your body makes. Synthetic hormones are similar to but not exactly the same as the hormones produced in your body. Synthetic hormones act differently, produce different effects and have different side effects than the safer, more effective Bioidentical hormones.
What is progesterone?
Progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovaries and is used in the body to balance estrogen. Progesterone serves as a precursor to DHEA, estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol. Progesterone and estrogen are the main hormones responsible for the menstrual cycle. Estrogen is dominant in the first half and progesterone in the second half of the menstrual cycle. Progesterone also helps the body to use fat for energy, enhances thyroid hormone action, and improves sexual drive. It is also a natural antidepressant, natural tranquilizer, and a natural diuretic.
What is thyroid hormone?
Thyroid hormone is produced in the thyroid gland. It regulates temperature, metabolism and brain function. It increases fat breakdown resulting in weight loss and lower cholesterol. This helps protect against cardiovascular disease. Thyroid hormone improves brain cell metabolism and prevents cognitive impairment. It also functions to support the skin, hair and nails. Thyroid hormone affects every cell in the human body.
Thyroid hormone is produced as T-4 in the thyroid gland. In your body T-4 is converted to the active form of thyroid hormone called T-3. As we age, the production of T-4 diminishes; the conversion to T-3 becomes less effective, and the receptor cells may become less sensitive to thyroid hormone. This will results in an overall decline in thyroid hormone function that will adversely affect every organ in the body.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is the principle hormone in a group of hormones called androgens. Testosterone is notorious for its role in sexual function but it also helps build muscle mass, maintain bone density and decrease abdominal fat. Testosterone has many other functions in the human body that affect many other health factors. The testes in males produce testosterone. It is now well known that testosterone levels decrease with age beginning in the 30’s.