Hormones for Women

Aging is a process. It’s a process of getting grayer, getting fatter, getting more tired, and for women … feeling less feminine as wrinkles develop, bones weaken, hair grows in unwanted places, and sex becomes a distant memory.

All these changes occur because the body’s hormones are always in the process of diminishing.

The body’s production of hormones naturally decreases with age. Decreased hormone production – not birthdays – is what causes so many to look, act and feel “old” long before they actually are.

What are these things called hormones?

Hormones are chemical messengers produced in endocrine glands, such as the ovaries, the thyroid, the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal. They control most major functions in the body, from simple needs like hunger to complex systems like reproduction, as well as controlling emotions and mood. Each hormone has a particular job, but at the same time they interact with each other. When all hormones are at their optimal levels this interrelationship creates a delicately and precisely balanced system. An over-production or under-production of one hormone may adversely affect the function of one or more other hormones.

Unbalance can occur for many reasons, such as illness, or poor nutrition, but the most common cause of hormones becoming unbalanced is aging. There’s not much you can do about getting older, but there is something you can do about re-balancing out-of-whack hormones so that you’ll feel younger. That’s the purpose of Bio-identical Hormone Therapy.

Bio-identical Hormone Therapy is a two-step process:

  1. The unbalanced hormone(s) must first be identified. This is done through a Comprehensive Blood Panel Test, which includes a consultation with our Hormone Specialist about your test results and options available for correcting any deficiencies or imbalances.
  2. Bio-identical hormones are used to correct the problem. As the name implies, bio-identical hormones are exact chemical replicas of the hormones your body makes (or used to make) naturally. The bio-identical testosterone used in hormone therapy thus is identical to your own testosterone. Synthetic replicas should be avoided at all costs, as should any doctor who recommends them to you.

How do you know when it’s time to consider hormone therapy?

Your body is the best gauge of “when.” It starts producing unwelcome changes that really annoy you, such as:

The best way to find out if these changes are related to hormone levels is to take LivingYoung’s Comprehensive Blood Panel Test. Some of the symptoms above could be attributed to other causes such as micronutrient deficiencies  or more serious health issues, but if you have many or all the above symptoms, chances are they are hormonal in origin. The Comprehensive Blood Panel Test will definitively either place the blame on hormone levels or rule them out completely.

Hormones included in our women’s hormone therapy program include:

  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • HGH / Sermorelin
  • Testosterone
  • Thyroid Hormone
  • Pregnenolone

Estrogen

Estrogen defines the essence of feminine energy and sensuality. It’s what makes a woman feel like a woman. It is the hormone that shapes the uniqueness of your mind, emotions and body. It is estrogen that ignites the physical transformation from childhood to womanhood. During the menstrual cycle, it generates the proper womb environment for implantation and nourishment of the embryo.

Estrogen makes you feel sensual. It brings glow to the skin, moisture to the eyes, fullness to the breasts and clarity to the mind. It uplifts and stabilizes your mood and influences your brain and your bones. There are more than 300 tissue systems throughout the body where estrogen plays a major role.

Estrogen is formed in the ovaries and is a combination of three compounds: estrone, estriol and estradiol. Because of this unique three-in-one structure, this hormone is often referred to as The Estrogens.

For much of a woman’s life, estrogen fluctuates up and down. This occurs during the monthly cycle and also within the general framework of a lifetime. As we age and estrogen production declines, its deficiency causes those changes we often associate with aging.

The surprising news is that these symptoms improve very quickly, often within an hour after giving the body The Estrogen it’s missing. Each of these has a distinct role.

Estradiol (E2)
Estradiol is the most active estrogen produced by the ovaries and it is also the one we lose completely at menopause. In addition to contributing to a healthy metabolic rate, Estradiol also improves insulin response, enhances mood, energy, and sex drive, sharpens concentration, focus and memory, as well as provides for optimal bone density and normal blood pressure.

As Estradiol declines during midlife, it contributes to a decrease in serotonin production. Loss of serotonin causes depression, increased irritability, increased anxiety, increased pain sensitivity, eating disorders, increased obsessive-compulsive thinking, and an increased disruption of normal sleep rhythms. Each of these effects can make your metabolism more sluggish, so the cumulative result of losing your optimal Estradiol is that it is now harder for you to lose excess weight.

Another side of the same coin… Studies show that Estradiol has a direct effect on muscle strength. When our Estradiol decreases, we lose muscle. Remember, muscles burn more calories than other tissues. If we lose muscle mass, we are losing our most effective fat-burning machinery, which slows our metabolism even more.

Estrone (E1)
Estrone is made in the ovary and fat tissue before and after menopause. As Estradiol declines at menopause (or after hysterectomy or tubal ligation), the balance shifts toward more Estrone. Higher Estrone levels slow down your metabolism, resulting in, you guessed it, weight gain. Even more important, higher levels of Estrone are linked to breast cancers. As you go into menopause and Estrone levels increase, so does the risk of breast cancer.

Estriol (E3)
Estriol is produced by the placenta during pregnancy and is not normally present in measurable amounts in nonpregnant women. Estriol comprises about 80% of estrogens during prime reproductive years. Estriol is the most protective estrogen for breast cancer.

HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is produced in the pituitary gland, the body’s “master” gland. It affects nearly every cell in the body where it stimulates the release of several hundred growth factors. It is necessary as an aid to help other hormones penetrate into the cells and react more efficiently.

If there were a “fountain of youth,” it would be comprised of HGH for it provides the body with all the physical and mental qualities we associate with youthfulness: strength, creativity, sound sleep, friendliness, mental focus and so many more.

So fundamental is HGH to proper physiological functioning, that its decline in the body correlates directly to the aging process. Like many other hormones, HGH peaks in the early twenties and then starts on its downward slide. By the time you are 50, you have half the amount you had as a 20-something and if you reach 90, you’ve have about 10% of the amount you started with.

When you lose HGH, you lose those great physical and mental qualities of youthfulness.  They are often replaced by cynicism, negativity, the loss of enthusiasm and the inability to share, compromise or innovate, as well as flabby abdomens and weak muscles. No wonder the stereotype of “cranky old women” lives on. It’s caused by a physical fact of life … loss of HGH.

Many of the symptoms associated with aging can be successfully alleviated by re-balancing this one hormone in particular.

Based on much experience with HGH therapies, our physician is extremely confident prescribing Sermorelin as a means to increase HGH production. Sermorelin stimulates the pituitary to produce more Human Growth Hormone. In the majority of cases, Sermorelin is all that’s needed to reap the rewards of balanced HGH. However, there are some resistant cases where even Sermorelin cannot coax the pituitary into secreting adequate levels of HGH. In these instances, Human Growth Hormone is prescribed.

The benefits of HGH Hormone Therapy are far-reaching. A correctly balanced HGH therapy program will improve both how you feel and how you look:

• Energy: increased energy and emotional stability

• Skin: increased elasticity, texture and tightness; rebuilt collagen

• Bone: improved bone strength

• Sexual Power: increased sexual potency and frequency

• Muscle: increased muscle strength and mass

• Fat: decreased fat tissue, especially abdominal fat

• Memory: improved mental functioning and strength

• Heart: improved cardiovascular strength and lower blood pressure

• Kidney: improved kidney function

• Immune System: improved immunity and healing

• Hair: improved hair texture; resolution of graying hair

• Cholesterol: elevates HDL and lowers LDL

• Vision: improves nearsightedness and farsightedness

The beauty of HGH therapy with Sermorelin is that it is very customizable enabling us to prescribe the exact dosage that will give you the results you desire.

Progesterone is often called the “great hormonal harmonizer” due to its role in balancing estrogen levels in the body. When estrogen levels rise, you need to have progesterone there to offset it, to serve as an “estrogen shock absorber.”

Its main function is to prepare the uterus for the reception and development of the fertilized egg. It plays a major role in a woman’s ability to conceive and sustain pregnancy. Females have little progesterone until they begin ovulating. By the time women are in their early 30s, progesterone production begins to decrease, and by menopause, all women are progesterone deficient. At this age, women have only a minute amount of progesterone, a level insufficient to carry out the hormone’s widespread physiological tasks. One of those critical tasks is to generate new bone tissue. The loss of this function is a major contributing factor to osteoporosis.

The overall reduction of progesterone is earlier, more rapid and more persistent than the decline of estrogen, creating hormonal imbalance. This imbalance is a root cause of many female problems, such as endometriosis, fibroids, polyps, adenomyosis, irregular periods, heavy bleeding and out-of-control cycles.

Keeping the balance
It is our belief that women on estrogen therapy should also take natural progesterone to maintain the important balance and harmonizing effects progesterone offers.

Here’s what progesterone can do for you:

• It protects the breasts and uterus, and possibly, the ovaries, from cancer
• It acts as a natural diuretic
• It produces a calming, anti-anxiety effect
• It decreases PMS and menstrual flow
• It enhances your body’s defenses
• It improves the breakdown of fat into energy
• It cuts the craving for carbohydrates and sweets
• It reduces breast tenderness and pain
• It contributes to the formation of new bone tissue
• It increases HDL, the body’s good cholesterol

Natural progesterone replacement offers benefits for all stages of a woman’s life: young women, women in peri-menopause as well as menopausal women.

Many women are surprised to learn they produce testosterone. Female ovaries do in fact produce small quantities of this “manly” hormone, but in a woman, a little goes a long way.

Testosterone is responsible for:

• Stamina

• Healthy and strong muscles

• Lean body mass and less body fat

• A feeling of security, positivity and stability

• Increased libido and orgasmic power

• Protection against plaque in the blood vessels

• Improved balance and hand-to-eye coordination

Who can benefit from Testosterone supplementation?

The benefits from supplementation are many, at any age.

In teenage girls and young women, testosterone can help develop more stamina, stronger muscles, and feelings of strength and security. It also reduces fat and anxiety.

For women in peri-menopause (35+), there is a substantial decline in testosterone. This is when women start looking in the mirror and noticing the skin isn’t as tight as it used to be. Declining testosterone causes the muscles beneath the skin to lose their firmness, strength and size. Some of the emotional and sexual signs of declining testosterone become apparent. Testosterone supplementation at this stage reverses many of these negative symptoms.

For menopausal women, testosterone plays an interesting role. Even though the body’s production of testosterone falls with age, the relative rate of estrogen loss is much steeper than testosterone. Many times this phenomenon leads to testosterone excess which is exhibited by hair growth on the face, and loss of hair on body and head. (This is a complex chemical reaction, and beyond the scope of this article.) Nevertheless, menopausal women have much to gain from testosterone. Better balance and hand-to-eye coordination is one important benefit, which may reduce the incidence of falls and subsequent fractures.

The thyroid principally secretes thryoxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) which are produced from the iodine found in the food you eat.  These hormones are a major factor in metabolism, and affect men and women in similar ways. Many things can affect the thyroid, especially stress, hormone imbalance and nutritional deficiencies, causing it to be underactive (hypothyroidism) or overactive (hyperthyroidism). Both conditions produce undesirable symptoms, such as weight gain in an underactive thyroid and weight loss in an overactive thyroid.

When treating thyroid problems, there is a delicate delicate balance that needs to be reestablished to achieve success. Based on the results of our specialized Thyroid Test, our physician will help you understand the levels of your thyroid hormones and what needs to be done to balance them. This includes a customized plan that includes Bio-Identical hormone replacement, supplements, and fitness and nutrition guidance.

Pregnenolone, a steroid hormone produced primarily by the adrenal gland from cholesterol, is the building block for all other steroid hormones. It is converted directly into DHEA and/or progesterone. DHEA converts to testosterone and estrogens; progesterone converts to estrogens, cortisol, and aldosterone. It is this succession of conversions that makes human life possible. Without pregnenolone, there can be no human steroid hormone production.

Like many health-promoting hormones, levels of pregnenolone drop with age. At 75, our bodies typically make 60% less pregnenolone than at age 35. This is a point of great concern, considering pregnenolone’s numerous protective, health-promoting properties.

Benefits of Pregnenolone Supplementation

• Brain. Research indicates that pregnenolone can contribute to increased intellience, learning ability, alertness, memory and the feeling of well-being.  It also helps improve vision, and particularly the ability to discriminate among colors.

• Adrenal Health. Pregnenolone is considered an “anti-stress” hormone. For people who lead stressful lives, pregnenolone protects the adrenal glands and helps to maintain balance.

• Immunity. Pregnenolone has proven to help against rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition. Clients report less pain and fatigue and more strength.

No Prescription Needed
Pregnenolone is available as an over-the-counter supplement at health food stores and many drug stores. However, to get the precise dosage recommended by our physician, we recommend obtaining your pregnenolone through our compounding pharmacy for best potency and quality.

Most often, people discover for themselves that they no longer have the energy, stamina, muscle tone, or enthusiasm they once had … and they want it back. The first thing you should do if considering hormone therapy is to make a self-assessment of your current physical, mental and sexual feelings. We offer comprehensive self-tests that help you perform this self-assessment. Call our office for a free copy.

 

Then you contact us to schedule a consultation with our Hormone Therapy Specialist and discuss the results of your self-assessment. This consultation is completely free, no strings attached. Based on this conversation, our Hormone Specialist will determine if you are a good candidate for hormone therapy. If so, she will then order a Comprehensive Blood Panel Test for you.

 

The results of this test will enable us to pinpoint any hormonal imbalances or deficiencies. This is where experience with hormones really counts.  If indicated, our physician will prescribe Bio-Identical Hormones in the precise dosage you require. The blood test also provides information about any micronutrient deficiencies that may keep you from feeling your best. This alone is valuable information, saving you money and a willy-nilly approach to over-the-counter supplements.

 

Traditionally, the replenishment of unbalanced hormones through a hormone therapy program has been accomplished using pills, patches, creams or injections on a daily basis.

 

What are Hormone Pellets?

An increasingly popular choice is to have estrogen “pellets” inserted in the fatty tissue underneath the skin. Pellets contain a natural plant source of estrogen and are compounded by a pharmacist under strict federal guidelines.  These pellets, smaller than a grain of rice, most closely mimic the action of the ovaries with regard to hormone release into the bloodstream.

 

Dosing is customized for the patient’s specific needs. The beauty of using pellets is that they deliver pure, bio-identical hormones 24/7 for up to five months.

 

Implantation of the pellets is a simple and quick in-office procedure that makes rebalancing your hormones easier than ever..

 

As you can see, the Hormone Therapy program is simple. Consultation with our Hormone Specialist is free and is the first step toward finding out if your hormones are working for you … or against you! You owe it to yourself to start a conversation with us today!

 

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