Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Burnaby Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Maria Fabbro, N.D. uses Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to reduce and improve the conditions associated with hormonal decline. Hormones are chemical messengers that travel throughout the body coordinating complex processes including digestion, growth, energy supply, and reproduction. They can influence the function of the immune system, and even alter behavior. They also help to regulate appetite, mood, and libido. Unfortunately, when hormonal imbalances occur, it can lead to a chain reaction of health problems. Restoring the hormonal balance within the body can improve the body’s overall function and restore health.
Bioidentical Hormones are designed to chemically and biologically match the hormones in the human body. Instead of using synthetic or animal hormones, which do not exist naturally in humans, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy uses hormones that are an exact chemical match to the hormones already found in your body. For over 80 years, Bioidentical Hormones have been used successfully, and these hormones are used today to treat many medical conditions.
A few of the conditions that may be treated successfully with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy include:
Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause results in the decline of ovarian function in women. This reduces the body’s reserves of progesterone and estrogen, which are both essential for many areas of mental, sexual, and physical health. Some of the common symptoms women experience during menopause include mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, depression, night sweats, sexual dysfunction, anxiety and joint and muscle pain. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to supplement the body with progesterone and estrogen, helping to reduce the symptoms of menopause and reducing the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Premenstrual Syndrome, Hormonal Headaches, and Mood Swings
Throughout the menstrual cycle, estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate, and as hormone levels fluctuate, women can suffer an array of symptoms.
Symptoms can include headaches or migraines, joint or muscle pain, mood swings and irritability, abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, constipation, a depressed mood, acne flare-ups and fatigue.
In extreme cases, bioidentical hormonal supplements may prove helpful, reducing some of the symptoms that women deal with during hormonal fluctuations.
Sexual dysfunction can occur in both men and women, and issues with sexual function or performance often stem from a decline in hormone production that can come with aging. Low libido, vaginal dryness and erectile dysfunction can all be symptoms of low or imbalanced hormones. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to reduce problems with sexual dysfunction in both men and women.
Weight Loss Resistance
For many patients who are having a difficult time losing weight, estrogen or progesterone imbalances are often the culprit. Carrying weight around your abdomen is bad for your health and is a key indicator of a hormonal imbalance. If you have struggled to lose weight and keep it off your hormones are most likely partly responsible and may sabotage your efforts to lose weight. Your hormones control every aspect of weight loss including your metabolism, where you store your fat, your appetite and even your cravings. The balancing of hormones is essential for weight loss, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be used to help balance a patient’s hormones, making it easier to achieve a healthy weight.
Adrenal fatigue is produced when your adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress. The adrenal glands mobilize your body’s responses to every kind of stress (whether it’s physical, emotional, or psychological) through hormones that regulate energy production and storage, immune function, heart rate, muscle tone, and other processes that enable you to cope with the stress. If the adrenal glands are not producing sufficient amounts of these hormones, individuals may experience multiple symptoms, such as low blood pressure, nausea, muscle pain, dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may help to alleviate some of the symptoms that occur due to adrenal insufficiency.
The thyroid is responsible for releasing hormones that control the efficiency and speed of the body’s metabolism. Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. Hypothyroidism, which is often referred to as an underactive thyroid, often causes low blood pressure, cold sensitivity, weight gain, and lethargy. Although the effects can be unpleasant or uncomfortable, most thyroid problems can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated. Bioidentical Hormones may be used to treat thyroid problems, particularly hypothyroidism, effectively. This treatment may also prove helpful in patients who have been aggressively treated for hyperthyroidism.
Insulin resistance (IR) is a physiological condition. Insulin is a hormone that works to balance blood sugar in the body, attaching to cells and helping cells use sugar in the blood for important metabolic processes within the body. . This can cause high blood sugar, brain fogginess, inability to focus, sleepiness (especially after meals), intestinal bloating, weight gain, increased hunger, inability to focus and even depression. As the body produces insulin, those with IR are unable to use the insulin effectively. Cells fail to respond to the normal actions of the hormone insulin. Individuals with pre-diabetes or diabetes often suffer from insulin resistance or a decline in insulin production. For many diabetics BHRT can be used to supplement the body with insulin to manage and treat this condition.
Bone loss increases after menopause due to lower levels of estrogen. Osteoporosis becomes more common with age. About 15% of people in their 50s and 70% of those over 80 are affected. Although it is more common in women than in men, in the developed world 2% to 8% of males are affected and 9% to 38% of women are affected. Estrogen deficiency if the most common cause of osteoporosis. When the body has a quick decline in estrogen bone loss is accelerated, especially in post-menopausal women. This can cause an increase in bone fractures, a stooped posture and back pain. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be effective in slowing the progression of bone loss.
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may also prove helpful for patients suffering from fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain. For patients experiencing chronic pain, the pain often results in depression, and depression has the ability to increase the amount of pain experienced by patients. Eliminating hormone imbalances may help to stop this cycle, reducing fatigue, pain, and depression in patients.The knowledge relating to hormonal disturbances in fibromyalgia patients simplifies the diagnostic process. Though current research cannot confirm with certainty that a hormonal imbalance causes fibromyalgia, hormone blood tests can be used as a fibromyalgia diagnostic marker in specific situations.
Defined as a form of muscular and soft tissue rheumatism, fibromyalgia is a complex medical condition included in the classification of musculoskeletal pain syndrome (MSPS). Causing chronic non-inflammatory widespread pain throughout the body, this disorder is accompanied by a series of symptoms, ranging from painful tender points, sleep problems, headaches, fatigue, cognitive difficulties, and even depression.
If you’re experiencing one of these medical problems, talk to Maria Fabbro, N.D. of Burnaby, BC and the Vancouver greater metro area, to learn more about how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can treat your specific condition.
To learn more about the conditions that can be treated with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, contact Burnaby BC Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Maria Fabbro, N.D. today to schedule a consultation!