This has become one of the more hot topics in recent research and anti-aging medicine. Hormone optimization therapy has many obvious benefits including relieving hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue and sleep disturbances in menopausal women but actually extends much further than this.
While women’s hormones fluctuate readily it is important to note that it is their balance that maintains health not just their levels. Hormones involved in this network include Estrogen, Progesterone, DHEA, Pregnenolone and Testosterone and this may effect women of any age.
This balance is typically responsible for the sense of well being, muscle and bone density, cardiovascular protection and even concentration and healthy brain aging to prevent cognitive issues. Studies are revealing estrogen deficiency plays a critical role in migraines, neurologic conditions, including Alzheimers. While this concern is often of women upwards of 50 years of age, many women today are seeing this earlier as a result of stress, poor diet and lifestyle and genetics. Women who are on oral contraception ‘the pill’ or implantable devices may too experience imbalance as a result that can last. Additionally, those with early hysterectomy and other procedures like tubal ligations may effect the way they body makes hormones. It is very important that these levels are in fact tested if such a medical history or symptoms exist. By addressing this issue early a great deal of benefit will come to both how you feel and what goes on beneath the surface. Hormone replacement therapy may be indicated if a woman has drastically low levels but there are ways in young women especially we may attempt to boost their own production, naturally. This technique involves medical nutrition, supplementation, and support of the sex hormone pathways which is a much less invasive approach, often more favorable. We approach each unique patient individually so they are satisfied and excited about their health journey as we aid in helping them achieve ideal health.