Hormone Therapy for Women: a life in balance
Sometimes you can just feel when something is not quite right with your health, intimacy and your mind. You're forgetful, not interested in your partner, you're putting on a few extra pounds despite healthy habits, you have mood swings, but you aren't "sick" - so what is it? Hormone deficiencies, particularly estrogen, testosterone and thyroid, can cause low libido, fatigue, weight gain and sexual dysfunction. However, customized hormone therapy programs can treat most hormone imbalance issues. A simple blood test can determine if your major hormones are out of balance.
Why are hormones important?
Hormones are specialized molecules secreted by glands and delivered to specific areas of the body to manage cell and tissue functions. The most well-known of these hormones are testosterone and estrogen; the "male" and "female" hormones. Both estrogen and testosterone are needed in both sexes but in different amounts and have a large number of effects throughout the body. Thyroid hormones are also essential for cellular metabolic processes throughout the body. Hormonal imbalances can negatively impact your everyday life, intimate life and your long-term health. Hormone replacement therapy has been used to cope with aging for decades, but new advances have improved the safety and effectiveness to optimize hormone function. It can help women who have always suffered from unbalanced hormones feel like they want to again or for the first time.
Diagnosing Hormonal Imbalances
To determine if you have a hormonal imbalance and how it is impacting your health, your doctor will assess your overall health and give you the specialized IWI questionnaire that asks you a series of questions about your intimacy, sleep habits, moods, weight gain or loss and other indicators that can help identify a hormonal imbalance issue. They may perform blood tests to assess your levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, FSH and LH (follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone). The test can also include a thyroid test and a general blood screen. If your results are high, low, or fall in the extreme ends of normal it’s time to look at a customized program that can bring your hormones and your life back into balance.
What are Bioidenticals?
"Bio-identical" hormones are chemically identical to those produced in the body. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones that are identical to a woman or man’s natural hormones. Additionally, a complex computerized system using a large number of factors including your labs, age, specific symptoms, activity level and other factors calculate a customized dose for you.
Transdermal Hormone Replacement
Transdermal hormone preparations are the medical term for products applied topically to the skin as patches, gels or creams. In some cases, estrogen can be distributed through a vaginal ring.
Bio-Identical Pellet Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bio-identical hormone replacement pellets provides tested, consistent treatment to balance hormones. Pellet therapy can be used with testosterone and estrogen to consistently balance hormones and relieve the related physical and mental symptoms over long periods of time and keeps the levels more steady than any of form or replacement.
Hormone pellet therapy helps women:
- Improve sexual sensation and performance
- Regain energy
- Build muscle strength
- Improve mental clarity
- Lose weight more easily
- Increase mental clarity
- Feel younger and happier
- Prevent age-related illness
- Fight depression and anxiety
- Increase libido
- Improve overall quality of life
Round-the-clock Hormone Therapy for Women for Up to 5 Months
Pellet therapy uses tiny pellets inserted just under the skin to optimize hormone levels. The pellets contain all-natural, bio-identical hormones that simulate those naturally produced in the body. Your very first pellet therapy treatment will immediately deliver a customized dosage of bio-identical hormones, 24/7 for three to five months, requiring only three to four treatments per year.
Pellet delivery infuses the hormones without peaks or valleys that can cause mood swings. Treating low thyroid hormone levels can also enhance testosterone and estrogen treatments.
Find an IWI recommended women’s health provider to learn more about bio-identical hormones, testosterone and estrogen hormone therapies and to help you improve intimacy and achieve your best overall wellbeing.