Essential Health & Wellness – James R. Stevens, M.D.
Who needs Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
Aging takes a toll on the body, a decline in optimal health can occur at any age. Weight gain, hair loss, fatigue and low libido are just a few examples of the common symptoms of aging that should not be brushed off as a simple “fact of life.” Our innovative and comprehensive solutions will allow you to experience renewed energy, restore youthfulness, and live a longer, full-quality life – just as nature intended.
Are Bioidentical hormones safe?
Bioidentical hormone replacement is natural and very safe if supervised carefully. Normal levels of hormones in both women and men are associated with mental, sexual, and physiologic effects that are vital to good health and quality of life. These are the exact same compounds your body would be making naturally under optimal functioning conditions.
What kind of hormones do women and men need?
Most women need a healthy balance of estrogen, progesterone, and even testosterone. Symptoms in both men and women who lack adequate hormones may include weight gain, mood swings, lack of energy, osteoporosis, loss of muscle and skin elasticity, and changes in mental acuity. Women may complain of decreased libido, vaginal dryness, bladder irritability, and hot flashes, Men need adequate levels of testosterone for energy, to maintain muscle and bone, and to function sexually.
Do women also need testosterone?
Testosterone is not just a male hormone. It is naturally produced in small amounts by women and is necessary for bone density, healthy skin elasticity, cardiac health, energy and the development of lean muscle mass. Testosterone can help stabilize mood and can improve memory. Testosterone is an important hormone for libido in both women and men. Women’s testosterone levels should be approximately one tenth of the levels found in men.
What about other hormones?
It is important to identify other hormonal imbalances such as pituitary, thyroid or adrenal stress related hormones to optimize a person’s well-being. Hormones can influence each other and the same hormone can have different effects on different parts of the body. A simple blood test can help sort out the situation and lays the foundation for a replacement plan that makes good medical sense and gets results.
How are hormones replaced?
Hormones can be replaced with biologically identical agents that can be given as a compounded daily cream, a shot or as a slow release system consisting of injected pellets placed under the skin every few months.
Is the “pellet” therapy the most convenient method?
Patients will report that pellets inserted under the skin maintain the highest steady state levels with maximum convenience. The pellets are placed under the skin in a brief office procedure associated with minimal discomfort.
How long does it take to get results?
Treatment often makes a dramatic difference very early on in a person’s sense of well-being. The effects of the hormonal regeneration program are optimized when combined with good nutrition, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle.