A myriad of reasons exist why hormones change but what is not disputed is that as we age, Testosterone decreases and as women approach menopause, estradiol and progesterone decrease. A deficiency in these hormones can lead many signs and symptoms including:
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) refers to hormones taken after menopause begins and is meant to replace the missing hormones no longer being produced. Hormone optimization, on the other hand, refers to taking hormones to optimize levels leading to improved well-being. For instance, the suggested normal range for male testosterone ranges from 300 – 1100 ng/dl. Consequently, the average physician may advise a male with a testosterone level of 301 ng/dl that he is within normal limits and no testosterone is needed. How do you think that person feels with testosterone level of 1100 ng/dl vs 301 ng/dl? Completely different! Hence, hormone optimization is intended to aim for physiologic levels that provide the best chance for feeling your best.
As middle-age creeps up on you, you are likely to experience typical symptoms that come with hormonal fluctuations. It is common to experience weight gain, fatigue and mood swings. Strength tends to weaken. You may lose your libido. If you are a woman, night sweats and hot flashes are common. If you are struggling with these symptoms that are related to a drop in reproductive hormones, our doctor may suggest bioidentical hormone optimization therapy.
Determining if you are a candidate or not begins with obtaining your medical history and obtaining a panel of labs to assess current hormone levels and evaluate other important elements in wellness.