Focus on Menopause

Menopause is caused by a decline in hormone levels that occurs naturally as we age.  By restoring these levels, we can help relieve or mitigate the symptoms of menopause.  These symptoms can include:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Insomnia
  • Mood Swings

In addition to the above, we may also experience a decline in sexual well-being.  Female Sexual Dysfunction can lead to both personal and relationship distress.  Medical professionals are working to better the care protocols by identifying signs & symptoms for earlier intervention and determining the best courses of therapy.

BHRT has been shown to aid in reducing the troublesome symptoms of menopause.  These hormones structurally identical to the ones created in our bodies, meaning there are no side effects such that you might find with synthetic hormones.  These natural hormones can be found in our custom compounded pellets.  These pellets are then inserted under the skin and slowly released into the bloodstream, allowing your body to absorb the hormones naturally.

To schedule a consultation and have you personalized BHRT Therapy customized to your personal needs, give us a call at 201-225-2525.

Women’s Health & Fitness Day

September 25th is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, focusing on the importance of regular physical activity and routine check-ups for women, and to educate women on the facts they need to make smart health choices and take control of their health.

We’ve compiled a list of some fun, easy ways you can take control of your health this month:

  • Try a new sport or exercise – Always wanted to try spinning? DO IT!
  • Eat superfoods – Broccoli, apples, and turnips, to name a few, can help you lose weight, fight colds, and improve heart health.
  • Power nap – Sleep is very good for your heart, mind, and weight.
  • Stay hydrated – If you find it hard to get 8 full glasses of water a day, try infusing your drinks with fresh citrus for a burst of flavor.
  • Toast squash seeds – Autumn is here, and squash is everywhere. Seeds are rich in iron, fiber, and zinc.
  • Get a massage – Stress takes a toll and can lead to weight gain, hair loss, and unstable blood sugar.
  • Eat some chocolate – Yes! Dark chocolate has many health benefits so have at it, in moderation, of course…

If you do all or some of the above tips, just take time for yourself this month.  You deserve it!

Is BHRT Right For Me?

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is used to treat a myriad of conditions and symptoms. I’m sure you already know our hormone levels naturally decrease as we age, but did you know that’s not the only time we may need some replacement therapy?

• Weight Loss Resistance
Have you noticed trouble losing weight despite your best efforts? A decrease in progesterone and estrogen may be to blame. Maintaining a healthy weight is dependent on balanced hormones, healthy digestion, balanced diet, and exercise.
• Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain trauma may lead to deficiencies in certain hormones. When restored, you may experience a lessening or reversal of some deficits associated with your injury.
• Congenital Hormone Imbalances
Endocrine disorders may lead to an over- or under-production of hormones in our bodies. Some endocrine disorders include Addison’s Disease, Hypothyroidism, Hypopituitarism, and PCOS.
• Parkinson’s Disease

Hormone replacement therapy may lead to improved mobility, increased energy, increased flexibility, and a decrease in tremors.

If you believe a hormone imbalance may be to blame for how you’re feeling, give us a call at 201-225-2525 to schedule your consultation. Let us help get you back to living your best life.

Has Your Sex Drive Decreased? BHRT Can Help.

A hormonal imbalance can affect both men and women as we age. Your libido is based on many things, including physical and emotional health, experiences, lifestyle, and your current relationship. A change or issues in any of these can affect your desire for sex.

Symptoms of low sex drive may include:
• Little to no interest in any type of sexual activity
• Never or seldom fantasizing about sex
• Being concerned by your lack of sexual activity and fantasies

Hormonal changes that occur naturally as we age can play a big role. Low testosterone in men or low estrogen in women can cause a loss of interest in sexual intimacy. If this is the case, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be the answer for you.

BHRT is structurally identical to the hormones produced by our bodies, so there are little to no side effects such as those you would see with synthetic hormone treatments. Nutrition and exercise play a role as well, so it’s important to modify your diet and be active to help your treatment be as successful as possible.

If you or your partner feel you may be experiencing a low libido due to a decrease in hormones, give us a call at 201-225-2525 to schedule your consultation. Let’s get your relationship back on track.

BHRT & Men’s Health

In honor of Men’s Health Month, we’re going to focus on Hormone Replacement Therapy for men.  Most people hear “hormone therapy” and assume it’s only for women, but testosterone replacement has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes in older men.  Low levels of testosterone are associated with abnormal cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, and type2 diabetes.

Testosterone is one of the most well-known androgens, or metabolic steroids that are precursors to impactful hormones.  Andropause is a deficiency of androgens, and can cause several difficulties, including decreased body hair, reduced muscle strength, increased body fast, reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, depression, and mood swings.

In addition to testosterone, other hormones such as adrenals, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and progesterone also play important roles in men’s health and fitness.  Adrenals control several areas including sleep, blood sugar, and stress response.  DHEA is converted to testosterone and progesterone, and a deficiency can result on widespread issues.  Progesterone works with estrogen in our bodies.  When the ratio is skewed and there is less progesterone and more estrogen, men may experience decreased libido, weight gain, and gynecomastia.

If you or the man in your life may be experiencing a hormonal imbalance, contact us today at 201-255-2525 to set up a consultation.  Let this summer be the start of your best life.

Osteoporosis and BHRT

Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mineral density, compromised bone strength, and increased fracture risk. It is one of the most common bone diseases in humans. Currently, the National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that more than 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and an additional 33.6 million have osteopenia. Together, osteoporosis and osteopenia affect the majority of postmenopausal women in the United States, and 1 in 2 white women can expect to experience an osteoporotic fracture at some time in her life.

Estrogen and testosterone therapy is approved for the prevention of osteoporosis. Estrogen therapy’s protective effect against bone loss was one of the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) first reported back in 2002. For postmenopausal women who experience bone loss despite a healthy lifestyle, BHRT might offer a viable alternative to other medications for the prevention of osteoporosis.

Bioidentical hormones are derived from naturally-occurring sources and are designed to replicate the molecular structure of hormones produced naturally in your body. Before starting on BHRT, we will perform a Hormone Panel to determine your individual hormone needs.

When you’re ready to get started, give our office a call at 201-255-2525 to schedule your consultation. May is National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month. There’s never been a better time to be proactive about your bone health.

BHRT and Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing a significant impairment in your daily life.  Biological, lifestyle, and hormonal factors may be linked to depression, and a hormonal imbalance may worsen symptoms.

Our hormones play an important role in how our bodies function.  Physiologic levels are required for optimal health and well-being.  As our hormones decrease with age these levels can drop, leading to a decrease in quality of life.

Estradiol is arguably the most important hormone in a woman’s body.  Not just a sex hormone, estradiol receptor cells exist throughout the body.  It is known to support bone growth, helping to maintain healthy bones and joints.  It’s neuroprotective effects have been shown to improve blood flow in coronary arteries.  In addition, estradiol raises serotonin levels, providing relief from depression and aiding in a more restful sleep.

Testosterone is not just for men.  In women, testosterone supports motivation, boosts energy levels, improves concentration, and elevates mood.

In addition to estradiol and testosterone, we have several other hormones that dictate how we handle stress, including progesterone, thyroid, vitamin D, adrenal hormones, and more.  An imbalance in any or all of these could be exacerbating your depression symptom, making them even worse for you.

If you are struggling with depression, talk to your doctor.  If you think a hormone imbalance may be contributing to your symptoms, give us a call at 201.225.2525 for a consultation.  We may be able to help get you back to feeling like yourself again.

Menopause Related Cognitive Impairment

As women begin menopause, they may begin to experience some cognitive impairment, which may be mis-diagnosed as “mild cognitive impairment,” an early warning sign for dementia.  However, this menopause related cognitive impairment is often treatable with hormone replacement therapy.

Symptoms of menopause related cognitive impairment are very similar to a chemo related brain fog, including trouble with short-term memory, multitasking, coming up with words, and outing cogent thoughts together.  This condition happens to women in their 40s and 50s who are otherwise in the prime of life.  While estrogen begins to decline around 45, women may not become postmenopausal until age 50 or later.  It is important to consider menstrual history and hormone levels when searching for a diagnosis, as this can often be attributed to a thyroid disease or vitamin deficiency.

In a study spanning six years and including 1,903 women in midlife, menopause-related symptoms such as depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and hit flashes did not account for a decline in memory, learning, or how the brain processes information.

Menopause-related cognitive issues should not compromise your quality of life.  Be proactive in your treatment and diagnosis.  Give us a call at (201)225-2525 to schedule your consultation.  You deserve to live your best life.

Testosterone Supplements for Women

Hormone Replacement Therapy has a long and sordid history.  In the 1980s and 1990s, the most prescribed medication in the United States was an estrogen-based menopausal treatment called Premarin.  In the early 2000s, a new drug called Prempro was released, a combination of synthetic estrogen and synthetic progestin.  Unfortunately, Prempro was found to cause an increased risk of breast cancer in women taking the drug over extended periods of time.  And thus, the misinformed opinion that hormone replacement therapy is unsafe was born.  However, the study that concluded these results made zero distinction between synthetic and natural forms of hormone treatment.

Researchers at this time were assessing the use of testosterone in menopausal women with sexual disorders.  Testosterone is actually the dominant hormone in women, as all estrogen in women is synthesized from it.

Later, in 2004, Australian researchers studied the effects of adding testosterone pellets to conventional hormone replacement therapy.  Researchers in this study noted remarkably reduced occurrences of breast cancer in women who took testosterone in addition to more conventional hormone replacement therapy, or no replacement therapy at all.  The study concluded that testosterone can suppress breast cell proliferation and the presence of breast cancer.  In addition, testosterone was found to improve the common symptoms of menopause.

In a 10-year United States study, researchers reported similar results.  Testosterone on it’s own, without any other replacement therapy, improved all symptoms of menopause in women and also showed a reduction in expected breast cancer rates.

Over the last 15 years, several studies have shown testosterone replacement can safely and effectively relieve symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk for breast cancer.  Still, testosterone replacement for women continues to be misunderstood.  There are ways for health care providers to use hormone therapy to safely manage menopause and reduce several health risks associated with aging.

If you’d like more information, or think testosterone therapy may be right for you, call our office at 201.225.2525 to schedule a consultation.

Do Men Need Estrogen?

While most people think of testosterone when they think of male hormones, estrogen also plays a major role in men’s health and sexuality.  In men, estrogen is important for sperm health, combating osteoporosis, metabolism, and heart health.  Too little estrogen is just as important as too little testosterone.

According to a 2006 study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, men with low estrogen are at an increased risk for hip fracture, especially if they also have low testosterone.

Conversely, the issue for most adult men is not too little estrogen, but too much.  As men age, testosterone is increasingly converted to estrogen leading to levels above what’s considered healthy.  If estrogen levels are too high, you can be at risk for heart attack or stroke, prostate cancer, or gynecomastia.

Likely causes of high estrogen in aging men include impaired liver function, obesity, alcohol or drug abuse, or zinc deficiency.

If you think you may be experiencing unhealthy estrogen levels, call us today at 201-225-2525 for a consultation.  Let’s get you back to living your best life at every age.

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