Women’s Health

About Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical hormones are more appealing to the masses when dealing with menopause or andropause because they are derived naturally, and our bodies can metabolize them properly. Bioidentical hormones are derived from naturally occurring sources, Sterols obtained from certain types of naturally occurring plants (soybeans, yams) and are designed to replicate the same chemical structure as the hormones that are produced naturally by our bodies. Because the ingredients are naturally derived, it is impossible for a manufacturer to obtain a patent on these substances. Based on our hormone levels, ageVital Pharmacy can individually tailor bioidentical hormones specifically designed to match our individual hormonal needs unlike synthetic hormones, which use a one-size-fits-all approach for symptom relief. With natural bioidentical hormones, women and men can find relief from symptoms of hormonal balance without the risks that come along with synthetic or animal derived hormones. The four types of hormones typically prescribed for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are estrogens, progesterone, androgens and thyroid.

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Common Syptoms of Hormone Imbalance

Hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping and weight gain are the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance as a woman ages. Perimenopause weight gain is oftentimes misdiagnosed and is one of the first signs of hormonal imbalance. Symptoms and conditions commonly associated with estrogen deficiency include: Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Sleep Disturbances, Murky Thinking, Vaginal Dryness, Incontinence, Thinning Skin, Osteoporosis.

Low Androgen is usually brought about through the natural aging process and can cause: Osteoporosis, Loss of Muscle Mass, Erectile Dysfunction, Thinning Skin, Vaginal Dryness, Low Libido, Incontinence and Fatigue. High levels of Androgen can sometime be found in premenopausal women due to a metabolic disorder.

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Estrogens is a group of related hormones each with a unique profile of activity. The three principal estrogens in humans are estriol (E3), estradiol (E2), and estrone (E1). They are often prescribed in combination to re-establish a normal physiologic balance. Since bioidentical hormones are identical to those that the body produces for itself, we feel it makes more sense to use these types rather than hormones from horses, or synthetic versions which are not identical in chemical structure to what your body produces. Therefore improving your total health and wellbeing as opposed to having a longer list of side effects then benefits. Estriol (E3), Estradiol (E2), and Estrone (E1) and are most commonly prescribed as a single estrogen, Biest or Triest to re-establish normal levels in physiologic levels. estrone (E1), estradiol (E2) and estriol (E3). Of these three, estradiol is the most potent. Estrogens play an important function in protecting bones, sustaining a healthy cardiovascular system, regulating reproductive systems, and preserving brain function.

Symptoms & conditions commonly associated with excess estrogen (estrogen dominance) include: Decreased Sex Drive, Abnormal Menstrual Cycle and Bloating Estrogens have been shown to be clinically effective in: Relieving menopausal symptoms, including vaginal thinning and dryness, Increasing HDL “good” cholesterol and decrease LDL “bad” cholesterol, Decreasing blood pressure and reduce plaque formation on the arterial walls, Reducing the risk of colorectal cancer, Improving mood, energy levels, and sleep patterns, Reducing the risk of developing or the severity of type 2 diabetes, Improving memory or cognitive function and Reducing bone loss

Progesterone

Progesterone is produced in the ovaries. Women with regular cycles generally make adequate progesterone. Sustaining health during pregnancy, maintaining regular menstrual cycles, breast development, and preserving brain function are all roles that progesterone plays an important part in.

Lower levels of progesterone are typically found in postmenopausal women, women who have had their ovaries removed, or women who use synthetic progestins. Signs and symptoms include those found with estrogen dominance (listed on previous slide). Higher than normal levels of progesterone are a typical and the signs and symptoms can be quite benign.

Thyroid

The thyroid hormones levothyroxine (T4) and liothyronine (T3) are primarily responsible for the regulation of metabolism. T3 is the active thyroid molecule, meaning that it is the form that exerts Its effects on the body’s cells. However, the body also produces T4 and converts it to T3 in the blood vessels.

Hypothyroidism is by far the most common thyroid disorder in the adult population and is more common in older women. Hypothyroidism is your thyroid not working actively enough and producing less thyroid hormones than your body needs. It can make you gain weight, feel fatigued, and have difficulty dealing with cold temperatures

Every woman is bio-chemically unique.

Goals of Hormone Replacement Therapy:

Alleviate the symptoms caused by the natural decrease in production of hormones by the body
Offer the protective benefits which were originally provided by naturally occurring hormones
Re-establish a hormonal balance.

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