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- I don’t like taking medication and if I do take anything I only want to take things that are natural, what are my options?
- I don’t feel like myself, but how do I know that hormones are my solution?
- I feel like I am tired all of the time, lost my edge, have a low libido and have lost interest in things, can hormones help?
- I still have my period, do I have to wait until it stops to receive hormone support?
- Is there something that is slowing down my metabolism and increasing my weight?
- Will HIHS/BHRT ’s help with my hair loss? Mood? Hot flashes? Appearance as my skin seems dry, sagging and less elastic?
- Being a man, can hormones help if I notice I have started to develop “man boobs”?
- How soon should I be able to tell a difference after I start taking HIHS/BHRT?
- Will I get my period again once I start taking HIHS/BHRT?
YOUR HEALTH, BALANCE AND VITALITY!
Is there a certain time that I should consider beginning hormone therapy? Ie during peri-menopause, menopause or after menopause?
In general , your body’s hormones begin to decline in your late 20’s and hormone imbalances can be common in your mid-30s. Men and women often start replacing hormones between the age of 35 and 40 when symptoms become bothersome. Hormone replacement therapy can occur at any stage.
Most people should have their hormones assessed on a regular basis after the age of 20 to help in optimizing health, getting a baseline for your hormone levels and the assistance in the prevention of cancer. For example, tracking your estrogen level relative to progesterone level for females and for men testosterone and DHT levels.
If you and your hormone doctor feel that hormone therapy is right for you, the latest research shows the earlier you begin hormone support , the more benefits for prevention of dementia , reduced mortality, and reduced heart attacks are seen when followed over a 10 year duration. (1)(2)
ADD INFO ON STUDY EARLY ESTROGEN ETC
(1)The timing hypothesis: the earlier you start estrogen the greater the reduced risk for dementia ( Modified from Roccer et al., Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 2014)
(2)BMJ Danish Study,
I don’t like taking medication and if I do take anything I only want to take things that are natural, what are my options?
Balancing hormones is a combination of ensuring the organs that produce your hormones such as your ovaries, testes, adrenal gland, and thyroid are well supported as well as the actual hormones themselves. It is also important to support the organs that are associated with hormone production, such as the liver which is responsible for conjugating and recirculating your hormones and your digestive system which determines how many of your nutrients you absorb to support hormone optimization. This can all be achieved through phases of support which include:
Phase I: Lifestyle & Diet: This phase includes lifestyle, diet, nutrition including foods that promote nutrients for hormones, supplements and other natural supportive techniques.
Phase II: Phyto-Hormones: This is the use of phyto-hormones, which are the use of plants that have a hormonal action. These may include black cohosh, dong quai, wild yam and chaste tree.
Phase III Hormone Support: At Revivelife™ we focus all our care around naturally based options including Human Identical Hormone Support ( HIHS) or Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement ( BHRT).
I don’t feel like myself, but how do I know that hormones are my solution?
Our team will help you carefully weigh your concerns, with what research shows hormone therapy can support. This will give you a good idea if hormone support is the right solution for you. The Revivelife™ Hormone Optimization Program ( HOP) is also designed to be customizable depending on what your unique needs are.
I don’t feel like myself anymore, I feel like I am tired all of the time, lost my edge, have a low libido and have lost interest in things, can hormones help?
These are common hormone imbalance symptoms, that many have found hormone therapy has helped. Optimal energy, mood and a healthy libido are all signs of good health. Commonly patients with these symptoms including lowered sex drive need estrogen, testosterone and /or DHEA. Chronic stress causing fatigue can also contribute to a low libido.
Will hormone therapy help with stress?
Healthy stress can be a positive part of life, but when it gets to be in excess for extended periods of time, it can make demands on our hormonal system. Under times of stress the body produces more of the stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands which sit on top of your kidney’s. High levels of cortisol initially are important during times of stress to give you the energy to deal with what is urgent, however over time high cortisol levels can cause the body to wear down and lead into adrenal fatigue. Chronic stress is linked to thyroid imbalance, high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia, blood clots and atherosclerosis. Stress has also been found to worsen pre-existing symptoms, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), erectile dysfunction, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). While stress reduction techniques may be helpful in on the short term, the long term effects of chronic stress usually require proper nutrition, and supplements. It is common that long term adrenal gland weakness will promote other hormone imbalances. There are excellent approaches to assist building the adrenal gland back up. Balancing your hormones will also assist in this process helping to promote more energy, less irritability, better response to stress, sleep and an overall feeling of wellness.
I still have my period, do I have to wait until it stops to receive hormone support?
You can begin hormone optimization anytime in your life, including if you still have your period, including if you have PMS, endometriosis, fertility concerns and or have difficult periods. Many women have found that it helps to regulate their periods and helps them generally feel better overall.
Is there something that is slowing down my metabolism and increasing my weight?
Hormones are chemical messengers that cause many changes in the body. These changes, as we age can affect metabolism and tip the scales higher ( or lower, in some cases). Our adrenal glands can be hyper-stimulated with excess stress and produce excess cortisol leading to increase belly weight. The adrenal glands can also become fatigued after years of being hyper-stimulated and then the thyroid which is the adrenal glands back up organ steps in to force us to slow down as a protective mechanism to support adrenal gland recovery. This leads to increase weight all over. As testosterone dips we reduce the ability to maintain our muscle mass, a process called sarcopenia. Because lean muscle mass has the highest calorie burning potential, with each decade we require less calories. If we eat the way we did when we were 20, then it’s easy to do the math and see how the weight gets put on. That second serving or extra snack adds up very quickly. Just 100 calories extra a day will yield an extra pound every 35 days, leading to that extra 10-15 pounds over the year. Add the years up and voila! Estrogen and progesterone imbalance lead to more weight being deposited in the hips and thighs.
In addition changes in hormone levels are also dependent on the lifestyle we lead and can affect our mood and energy levels. For example a decline in testosterone, progesterone or estrogen may make us less assertive and committed to exercise leading to a further increase in weight. Optimal weight changes does require more work when our hormones are unbalanced.
By resetting phase I ( Diet & Nutrition), phase II (phyto-hormones if needed) and phase III ( hormone support) your metabolism and weight can be shifted in the right direction. ______________________________________________________________________________
Will HIHS/BHRT help with my hair loss? hot flashes? moods? Appearance as my skin seems dry, sagging and less elastic?
Yes, both research and those who have used hormone support have found it helpful for hair loss, hot flashes, your mood and your skin.
Being a man, can hormones help if I notice I have started to develop “man boobs”?
“Man boobs” or gynecomastia in aging men often occurs as testosterone reduces, causes a relative increase in estrogen ( which also increases with increased body fat) to testosterone. Other causes maybe related to alcohol abuse, marijuana overuse, thyroid disorders, certain medications ( ie some antibiotics, some chemotherapy, some ulcer medication or anxiety medications ( SSRIs)). If the cause is related to a testosterone deficiency, the addition of testosterone to your hormone support program can be helpful.
How soon should I be able to tell a difference after I start taking HIHS/BHRT?
It generally takes two to six months to achieve hormonal balance, keeping in mind that some people take longer and other people begin to feel better quite quickly ie within a few weeks. As each person is unique, adjustments will be made until you reach your state of hormonal balance.
Will I get my period again once I start taking HIHS/BHRT?
It is possible that you may get your period back when using hormone support, especially if you have just recently found that your period has stopped. You and your hormone doctor can decide what is right for you and adjust your hormone levels accordingly which may include not having a period.
I am on the birth control pill, is this also considered hormone therapy?
Yes, birth control pills are a type of hormone therapy but are different from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Birth control pill hormones are synthetic and are not provided in a natural rhythm as the body’s own hormones. Synthetic hormones have a different chemical structure than the hormones made in your body and are not broken down the same way which makes the more potent because of uncontrolled reactions. For optimal hormone balancing it is recommended to come off the birth control pill for 2 weeks to establish your natural hormone baseline. If this is not possible your hormone doctor will discuss other options with you.
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