Hormone Therapy for Women
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Hormones are special chemicals made by parts of the body called glands. They are messengers that tell other parts of the body how and when to work. Hormones control almost all tasks in the body. These include sex and brain function, growth and the breakdown of food. When hormones are out of balance, symptoms can occur.
Our bio-identical hormone therapy in Lee's Summit, MO may help improve symptoms of hormone imbalance such as hot flashes, fatigue, weight gain, mood changes, and more.
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There are a variety of reasons that a woman may experience hormone issues. The important thing to know is that there is a solution! Hormone Therapy has been helping women regain hormone balance and restore their overall health and wellbeing for decades.
The team of experts at Illume Med Spa & Wellness in Lee's Summit , MO has helped hundreds of women replenish depleted hormones, relieve menopause symptoms, and provide hem with an improved quality of life! If you're ready to try bioidentical hormones in Kansas City, schedule a complimentary consultation to get started today.
How Hormone Replacement Therapy Works
If you’re unsure what HRT is, you’re probably not the only one. Put simply, they are hormones that are designed to supplement the body’s existing hormones such as:
Remaining healthy as we age depends on many things, including lifestyle and genetics. It also means monitoring any deficiencies that may arise. In the same way that we supplement vitamins and minerals, to help optimize your Hormone Replacement Therapy and to restore internal hormone balance.
Hormone replacement therapy can come in many forms, including pills, patches, creams, gels, shots and implanted pellets. First, your medical provider will request lab testing to find out more about your current hormone levels and to check for any imbalances. If an imbalance or deficiency is present, your provider will help you select a treatment option that is right for you.
Common Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
If your hormones aren’t balanced properly, you may experience the following signs or symptoms:
Loss of Libido
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Increased Body Fat
Decreased Muscle Mass
Loss of Breast Fullness
Decreased Sex Drive
Depression & Irritability
Frequently Asked Questions About
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
How common are bioidentical hormones?
The use of the compounded type is very common in the U.S. in women in menopause. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) reports that about 1.4 million women are using this treatment. NAMS notes that that is 40% of all prescriptions for hormone therapy in women who are in menopause.
How are bioidentical hormones given?
There are many ways to get bioidentical hormones. These include pills, patches, creams, gels, shots and implanted pellets. Your doctor will decide which method is best for you. You may try more than one way before you find one that works well for you.
Are bioidentical hormones safe?
The bioidentical hormones that have been approved by the FDA have been tested for safety. They have passed the FDA’s very strict standards and have been shown to be safe for people to use.
What are the side effects of bioidentical hormones?
Side effect may occur during your first treatment, and until your body adjusts to the increase in hormone levels. Side effects may include: weight gain, tiredness, acne, increased facial hair, headaches, breast tenderness, spotting, cramping, and bloating.
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
There is a wide range of benefits associated with HRT. The role hormones play in regulating the body can’t be understated. They are responsible for ensuring the function of so many essential systems, such as:
• Weight gain/loss
• Growth rate
• Sex drive
• Energy levels
• General mood
• Sleep patterns
• Blood pressure
After years of treating women (and men) with this method, we’ve witnessed firsthand the life-changing impact HRT therapy has had on hundreds of our patients—whether it helped reverse serious osteoporosis, aided a Parkinson’s patient to make strides in mobility, or simply helped revive a marriage. Many say they’ve been given back what they thought they’d lost forever—their quality of life.
What Exactly are Hormones?
Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, either secreted into the bloodstream or used locally, that affect the functioning of other cells. A hormone affects only specific cells called target cells that have unique receptors for that hormone. Think of it as a lock and key. Cells which do not have the specific receptor for a certain hormone cannot be influenced directly by that hormone. Some cells go even further, and regulate their own internal production of a needed hormone. For example, estrogen is made inside the cells that utilize estrogen (brain, bone, heart, etc.) from testosterone. The most common hormones that are balanced through hormone replacement therapy are the following:
Testosterone is vital to the health and well-being of BOTH men and women. It goes without saying that women require substantially less testosterone than men. In women, testosterone is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands.
Testosterone is the force behind a woman’s sex drive and boosts the body’s ability to build muscle, lose weight and increase energy levels.
Testosterone contributes to muscle mass, strength and endurance, decreased fat, increased exercise tolerance, and enhancement of sense of well-being and psychological health. Testosterone protects against cardiovascular disease and reduces blood sugar. It leads to improved lean muscle mass, increased bone density, a decrease in cholesterol, improved skin tone, improved healing capacity, increased libido, and enhanced sexual performance.
It improves the quality of life for both men and women by decreasing the diseases of aging. Cells that require estrogen use testosterone to manufacture estrogen inside the cell by a chemical conversion that uses an enzyme called aromatase.
Estrogen refers to a group of similar
hormones produced in the body. Like testosterone, estrogen is a required hormone for the health of
BOTH men and women. The main three are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). Estrogens are believed to be protective against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and memory disorders. It also protects against vaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence, and prevents symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and poor temperature regulation (e.g. “hot flashes”). It
can improve balance by the “visual somatosensory” system in the central nervous system.
Estrogen deficiency is linked to: urogenital atrophy, incontinence, increased skin wrinkles of the face,
fatigue, depression, mood swings and decreased libido. However, the vast majority of women we treat
need only testosterone as their body, like those of men, makes all the intracellular estrogen it needs from testosterone, thus avoiding
the serious problems that can occur with high circulating estrogen levels in the blood.
While estrogen supplementation is rarely necessary, it is important that any estrogen prescribed be a bio-identical estrogen and not a non-human estrogen. The non-bio-identical synthetic estrogens bind
nearly 20 times stronger to your cells’ receptors and have been proven to be harmful.
Progesterone is primarily produced
in the ovaries just prior to and after ovulation. It is also produced in large quantities by the placenta during pregnancy and in small quantities by the adrenal glands. If you are on bio-identical estrogen,
you should probably be on this hormone as well.
Studies suggest it protects against uterine and breast cancers, fibrocystic disease and ovarian
Unfortunately, most U.S. women are prescribed a synthetic horse-derived progestin (Provera) which can cause side effects such as bloating, headaches, fatigue, weight gain, and heart disease. Bio-identical progesterone is much safer.
Progesterone plays an important role during a woman’s reproductive years, but as a woman gets older, most women produce less and less of it. With the decrease of both progesterone and testosterone
levels, many women don’t feel like their old selves and begin to experience the symptoms above.
Is Hormone Therapy Right for Me?
Hormone Therapy can reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with a hormone imbalance and menopause. They can give you more energy, increase your sex drive, reduce unpleasant symptoms, and help you maintain a healthy body weight.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for hormone treatment, we will review your symptoms and medical history. A complete physical examination and a full blood test to evaluate hormone levels. Our team will review the risks, benefits, and the different types of hormone therapy available to you.
About Illumé Med Spa
Illumé Med Spa is the preeminent medical spa and wellness center in Lee's Summit, MO, focused on enhancing your beauty and overall health. We’ve invested in your lifelong beauty by offering innovative treatments and state-of-the-art lasers administered by our team of highly trained professionals. Using cutting edge technology, we provide everyone who walks into our facility with a customized treatment plan that results in everlasting beauty.
Ready to Learn More About Female HRT?
If you feel like you may be experiencing menopause or a hormonal imbalance, reach out to the professionals at Illume Med Spa & Wellness in Lee's Summit, MO! Our team has years of experience diagnosing and treating menopause in women and we are happy to answer any questions you may have! Fill out the form today to book a complimentary consultation today!