A hormone imbalance can affect every aspect of your physical and emotional health, from your metabolism to your mood. At Health North Family Medicine, LLC, a Family Practice in Anchorage and Soldotna, Alaska, providers offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for people experiencing uncomfortable hormone imbalance symptoms. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones that are chemically identical to the ones your body already produces. To learn more, call Health North Family Medicine, LLC, or schedule an appointment online today.
Bioidentical hormone replacement is a therapy that uses naturally occurring hormones, typically from soy or yams, to restore balance to hormone levels. Also called BHRT, bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones your body already produces. They’re also customizable, formulated specifically for your unique needs.
Many men and women experience hormone imbalances after age 40, but some are much younger. The most popular uses for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are:
Menopause marks a time in a woman’s life when menstruation and fertility cease. Without a period, your estrogen levels may plummet. That can lead to many uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes and mood swings. A hormone imbalance from menopause can also lead to physical changes, such as weight gain and dry skin.
Much like women, men can also go through hormonal changes as they age. Andropause occurs when a man’s testosterone levels decline. Low testosterone levels may cause physical, emotional, and cognitive changes for men, including low libido and muscle loss.
The signs of a hormone imbalance may seem subtle at first but tend to worsen over time. Common symptoms of hormone imbalances in men and women include:
Loss of bone density is another telltale sign of a hormone imbalance. Without healthy bones, you may be vulnerable to osteoporosis, a condition that increases your risk of fractures. Osteoporosis is especially common in women but can also affect men.
Bioidentical hormones are available in many forms, including patches, gels, creams, and implantable pellets. Your provider at Health North Family Medicine, LLC, can recommend the appropriate form for you after a comprehensive health assessment, which includes a physical exam, medical history review, and blood work.
Most people begin to notice improvements in their symptoms within 2-3 weeks of using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. However, it can take up to two months to achieve your desired results.
To learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, call Health North Family Medicine, LLC, or schedule an appointment online today.