Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement for Women

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If you're persistently tired. If you've gained weight. If you've lost sexual desire or ability. If you can't sleep. If your mood is negative. If you feel "old" ...

Your problems might easily be substantially alleviated by rebalancing your hormones. This delicate balance can be accomplished naturally without the dangers associated with chemically-derived hormone replacement therapy. Typical synthetic or steroidal hormone prescriptions can cause as many ill side effects as they suppress. What is your best choice?

Bio-identical Hormones are alternatives to synthetic drugs with potentially dangerous side effects. Bio-Identical Hormones are individually dosed to meet your specific requirements for a natural balance.

Hormone replacement therapy is equally suited to correct imbalanced and deficient hormone levels for both women and men. Those in a marriage or partnership will benefit from understanding possible hormonal issues in their mate.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement for Women: The Need and the Solution

woman having hot flashFact: 50 to 90% of women suffer postmenopausal hot flashes that can last for 3 years or longer.

Many women will experience episodic awakenings during sleep – from 3 to 30 times a night! Night sweats cause some women to repeatedly change night clothing and bedding - often in the middle of the night.

One of the most disturbing aspects for couples is a woman's loss of sexual desire due to hormone imbalance and loss.

Possible Menopause Symptoms

Lack of Estrogen

Hot Flashes
Night Sweats
Memory Loss
Hair Loss
Dry Skin
Low Energy
Mood Swings
Sleep Disorders
Lack of Menstruation
Vaginal Dryness
Painful Intercourse
Yeast Infections

Lack of Progesterone

Swollen Breasts
Fuzzy Thinking
Low Libido
Emotional swings
Food Cravings
Weight Gain
Painful Breasts
Painful Joints

Lack of Testosterone

Loss of Muscle
Loss of Pubic Hair
Muscle Weakness
Muscle and Joint Pain
Lack of Self-Esteem
Lack of Muscle Strength
Lack or Sexual Desire

Possible Long Term Consequences

Cysts, Cancer of the Breasts
Cardiovascular Disease
Cysts, Cancer of the Ovary
Premature Aging
Cancer of the Uterus

Key Hormones for Women

The key female hormones are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. Although considered your “minor hormones” (the major ones being insulin, adrenalin and cortisol just to name a few), when an imbalance of any or all of them is present it can wreak major havoc on your life (as you may already know).

Here are just some of the benefits these youthful hormones provide:

Progesterone: First hormone to decline. Plays a major role in the female reproductive cycle and is also known as the "feel good hormone" because of its mood-enhancing and anti-depressant effects.

DHEA: Levels begin to drop in your thirties. DHEA is a precursor to testosterone, which means that the body metabolizes (or converts) DHEA to testosterone.

  • Regulates other hormones
  • Protects against heart disease
  • Enhances immunity
  • Acts as a glucose stabilizer
  • Stress reducer
  • Stabilizes weight

Testosterone: Produced by your ovaries and adrenal glands. Levels usually decline beginning in the 50's. Responsible for sexual desire

  • Enhances libido
  • Decreases heart disease risk
  • Increases lean body mass
  • Prevents osteoporosis
  • Lowers total cholesterol and LDL
  • Decreases insulin resistance

Estrogen: Found in the body as estradiol, estrone and estriol. Together with progesterone, it plays an important role in the female reproductive cycle and organ health.

Cortisol: Normalizes blood glucose levels, blood pressure, electrolytes. Acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Growth Hormones: Decreases body fat and increases lean muscle mass, reverses osteoporosis, helps with retention of intellect in aging, improves skin texture for a more youthful appearance.

Growth Hormone Benefits

  • Decrease in body fat
  • Improved skin texture
  • Osteoporosis reversal
  • Increase in lean muscle mass
  • Fewer skin wrinkles
  • Faster healing
  • Increased immune response
  • Improved well being
  • Retention of intellect with age
  • Improved moods Improved sex drive
  • Better exercise toleranc
  • Improved mineral balance

Growth hormone is administered with subcutaneous Saizen. Treatment programs requires 6 day per week microinjections. Most patients feel better within 3 months with average treatment length of 6 months.

Synthetic Hormones vs. Bio Identical Hormones

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) should be in the form of Biologically Identical Hormones, and not products like PremPro and Premarin that are totally foreign to the human female. Bio Identical Hormones match exactly the estrogens and progesterone made by the ovary, and therefore fit exactly on the cell receptors as nature intended. These hormones are extracted from various plants and have been available by prescription for many years.

Synthetic hormones may quickly suppress symptoms but will inhibit natural production of hormones. Increased side effects are often seen because synthetic hormones may be far too potent in standardized dosages.

Drug companies are well aware of the potential dangers of synthetic hormones in the human body. The following is an actual notice from a major drug company that produces synthetic hormone replacement:

"Hormone therapy may increase your chance of heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, blood clots, or dementia, and should be taken at the lowest effective dose for the shortest time based on your goals and risks. If you have a uterus, estrogens increase the risk of uterine cancer."

Where Do Synthetic Hormones Come From?

Synthetic hormones are not bio-identical to human hormones. For example, Premarin, derived from pregnant mares' urine, contains hormones found only in horses and is therefore not natural to the human body. The FDA recognizes bio identical hormones as natural plant substances and thus they are unpatentable.

Where Do Natural Hormone Replacements Come From?

Natural hormones are derived from wild yams and soy then converted by a chemist to hormones which are identical (bio-identical) in every way to those made by the human body. These naturally occurring substances cannot be patented and therefore are not produced by drug manufacturers. **They are not like their weaker, less effective counterparts you might see at some health food stores.**

Effective bio identical hormone replacements are only prescribed by a doctor. Only a special compounding pharmacy can make natural Bio-Identical Hormones. They are not available over the internet, through mail order or from health food or drug stores.

The Natural Balance Program™

pills in bottleUnderstand that your hormone profile is as unique as your very own fingerprints. With a three-step diagnostic procedure and then a custom treatment program, your specific hormone replacement "recipe" will help return your body to its natural properly functioning levels.

A brief description of the hormone restoration program is as follows:

Step #1: The Hormonal Health Evaluation:

This first step includes a one-on-one Hormonal Health Evaluation to discuss your symptoms as well as past treatments and outcomes.

Step #2: Your Comprehensive Examination and Hormone Work-Up:

If, after the initial hormone evaluation, it is determined that you have signs of a hormonal imbalance and that the program can help you, the next step will be to perform a comprehensive physical examination to identify any underlying health problems such as cardiovascular or thyroid disease. Additionally, blood or saliva testing will be ordered to further evaluate your overall health and hormone levels so that an appropriate treatment program can be developed.

Step #3: Hormone Restoration Therapy:

Once your hormone levels have been evaluated, if an imbalance is found, a customized hormone restoration program unique to your needs will be designed to help return your hormones to a more balanced level.

This program includes:

  • Specifically formulated Bio-Identical Hormones to help replenish your lost hormones
  • Nutritional and dietary suggestions including vitamin and mineral supplementation
  • Lifestyle modifications including stress management strategies
  • Exercise recommendations

Periodic monitoring of your hormonal levels will be carried out to keep track of your needs that are likely to change over time.

Illnesses masquerading as hormone imbalance must be ruled out to protect your health. A medical evaluation is always recommended before seeking any type of hormonal replacement - even over-the-counter supplements that claim to be helpful.

Call today at 888-333-2515 to arrange an initial consultation and evaluation with Dr. John Sedgh.