Intro to Bioidentical Hormones

Ladies, have you been dealing with hot flashes, weight gain, increase in belly fat, mood swings, night sweats, fatigue, or low libido?  And Gents, have you been noticing some hair or muscle loss, heart palpitations, insomnia, depression, anxiety, or low libido?  If you have answered yes to the above you may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance.

Bioidentical hormones are physiologically identical to the hormones our own bodies produce, meaning BHRT simulates our own hormone delivery method by consistently circulating hormones in our blood.

Synthetic hormones have known risks and complications, whereas BHRT has many benefits, such as:

  • Bioidentical hormones are metabolized in our body the same way as our naturally produced hormones.
  • Bioidentical hormone doses can be tailored to each individual’s needs.
  • Bioidentical hormones have been shown to be safe, but should always be used under the care of a trained physician. A doctor specializing in BHRT can determine whether the symptoms you’re experiencing are hormone related and, if so, develop a treatment plan specifically designed for you.

We know that hormones play a significant role in how our bodies behave and how we feel, our goal is to provide advanced BHRT therapies to help you to reclaim your life.  We begin with a detailed blood test to identify your current hormone levels, and personally review your results with you to tailor a custom treatment plan.

For more information and to schedule your consultation, call us today at 201-225-2525.  We look forward to helping you live your best life.

Osteoporosis and Hormone Replacement Therapy

Osteoporosis is a bone disease occurring when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both.  Literally meaning “Porous Bone,” when viewed under a microscope, an osteoporotic bone seems to have much larger and more frequent “pores” than healthy bone.  As bones become less dense, they weaken and are more likely to break.  If you have a high risk for osteoporosis and are approaching or have already reached menopause, testosterone hormone replacement therapy is a good treatment and preventative option to consider.

HRT has traditionally been seen as the standard method of preventing osteoporotic breaks among postmenopausal women.  While we see benefits from HRT in bone density shortly after menopause, testosterone therapy should be taken long-term to have any lasting impact on bone density and health.  This will help enhance acceptability and continuation, ensuring bone protection and menopausal symptom control.

Hormone replacement therapy is effective in preventing osteoporotic fractures in women without an established disease.  Treatment of osteoporosis will reduce the risk of fracture, and it is essential to maintain bone structure as early as possible.

For more information on HRT and Bone Density or to schedule a consultation, call us today at (201)225-2525.

Hormone Imbalance and Metabolism

With warmer weather approaching, everyone is looking forward to getting outside for hiking, biking, jogging, and other outdoor activities.   If your hormones are out of balance, you may find that you don’t have the motivation or energy to exercise in order to regulate your weight.  And with a slower metabolism, you are a prime candidate to have an increase in belly fat.

There are several hormones that can inhibit a healthy metabolism, such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.  Low testosterone can cause fat storage and, along with low estrogen, can increase sugar cravings.  Progesterone helps our bodies turn to sleep well and have energy.  An imbalance here can lead to overeating.

Women who use HRT typically experience fewer problems with weight gain and body fat redistribution.  Through Hormone Replacement Therapy, you may be able to rebalance your hormones and get your weight loss back on track.  In addition, our weight loss products are made of vitamins, amino acids, and lipotropic agents to give you energy, increase your metabolism, and help with fat breakdown.

Call us at 201-225-2525 to schedule a consultation and see how we can help get you back to a healthier you.

Why Do Women Need Testosterone?

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When most people think of vital hormones for women, estrogen and progesterone are quick to pop up, but what about testosterone? Unbeknownst to many people, testosterone is principally produced by a woman’s ovaries and secondary by adrenal glands to aid in the development of bone strength, lean muscle mass, libido, and energy levels. Just like estrogen and progesterone, it’s vital to a woman’s well-being that her testosterone levels are properly maintained.

 

According to various studies conducted by Dr. Nancy Lebowitz and Dr. Rebecca Glasser, testosterone levels in women can be attributed to the following:

 

  • Strong evidence that testosterone not only safely treats the symptoms of breast cancer but can also prevent and limit the course of the disease
  • Protects the brain and nervous system and is beneficial in treating Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, traumatic spinal cord injuries, seizures, MS, and PTSD
  • Improves sleep, modifies depression, irritability and anxiety, increases energy, mental activity, memory, focus and, alleviates migraine pain
  • Part of testosterone is converted into estrogen through a process called aromatization that helps with cardiovascular health and menopause symptoms

 

How is Testosterone administered?

 

At Advanced Hormone Solutions, we specialize in the plant-based SottoPelle protocol for administering Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. This method includes seamlessly inserting pellets into a small incision just beneath the upper layer of skin and covered with a simple dressing. The pellet implants are absorbed directly in to the bloodstream, slowly and consistently, on a 24 hour 365-day basis. Pellets are the preferred method of testosterone replacement therapy because other forms (synthetic) runs the risk of causing clotting issues and liver damage and can be inconsistently absorbed.

 

To learn more about why testosterone is vital for a woman’s health or to see if you are a candidate, please visit our consultation page and we will get back to you as soon as possible: http://advancedhormonesolutions.com/consultation-form/.

 

American Heart Month & BHRT

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February is most notably marked as the month of love thanks to Valentine’s Day, but it’s also American Heart Month. According to the CDC, “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.” The good news is with early intervention heart disease can often be prevented or reversed with the help of a balanced diet, exercise, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

 

As we’ve mentioned previously, hormones play a vital role in one’s heart health. According to the American Heart Association, an overall increase in heart attacks among women is seen about 10 years after menopause. The rationale behind this is that women lose the hormone Estradiol post-menopause that runs abundant prior to menopause. Estradiol is an important component to cardiovascular health because of its cholesterol regulating properties as well as supporting artery dilatation and pliability.

 

Hormone Replacement Therapy is a great way to prevent heart disease, but only if “natural” bioidentical hormones versus synthetic hormones are used. Another important component is the method with which these hormones are delivered. The best method is via Pellet therapy, whereby hormones (both Estradiol and Testosterone) are delivered directly to the blood stream. The combination of bioidentical hormones and our superior delivery method provides the same heart-protective benefits a woman experiences prior to the onset of menopause. Hormone replacement therapy has been found to have the biggest impact for women in their 40’s who elect to start our therapy prior to entering menopause.

 

To learn more about hormone replacement therapy or to start your journey in to “wellness” call us today at 201-225-2525.

Hormone Replacement Therapy and Menopause

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Menopause is a rite of passage for most women as they leave their reproductive years behind and look to the future. Unfortunately, like most hormonal and reproductive changes, menopause is not always a joyful process but instead can be emotionally, physically, and mentally taxing. Advanced Hormone Solutions aims to assist women in this transition as peacefully as possible through the use of natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

When a woman goes through menopause, she essentially loses the capability to produce estradiol, testosterone, and progesterone, thus causing the endocrine system to become imbalanced. By using hormone replacement therapy, we are able to replace these hormonal losses and bring the body back into a happy equilibrium. All of these hormones work together, therefore it is vital that all three be replaced in order to achieve hormonal balance.

Progesterone is one of the most vital hormones in a woman’s body as it is used to protect a woman’s uterus in the presence of estradiol. This hormone can increase deep sleep, promote bone formation, and increase bone density. When taking natural progesterone in addition to estradiol and testosterone, women are able to combat the negative effects of estrogen dominance, moderate androgens, and regulate the body’s salt and water tolerances, therefore decreasing bloating and other dehydration.

Not all progesterone is created equal. When using progesterone, it is vital to use natural progesterone that, according to a scientific article published in 2005, does not increase the risk of breast cancer and can, in fact, have a protective effect. Alternatively, research has shown using synthetic progesterone in conjunction with hormone therapy can increase the risk of breast cancer.

For more information on hormone replacement therapy or to find out how Advanced Hormone Solutions can help ease your menopause symptoms today, call us at 201-225-2525.

Happy December!

Happy December! It’s officially the kick off to the happiest time of year with weekends booked for spreading cheer, holiday shopping, and sharing not so healthy meals with friends and family. While all of the merriment can definitely be exciting, it can also take on a life of its own. From planning the perfect holiday meal, to scratching names off that holiday gift list and navigating family politics, parts of the holiday shuffle can be stressful. This month, let Advanced Hormone Solutions help ease your worries so you can focus on the joy of the season and enter the New Year in peace!

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Late nights, indulging on seasonal treats, and staying awake to online shop can disrupt stable hormonal balances in the body. Hormones such as cortisol are released when your diet and sleep are altered, increasing your stress levels and wreaking havoc in your body. If the holiday rush is starting to take a toll on you, we can help.

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At Advanced Hormone Solutions, we specialize in Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. First, we run a blood test to identify areas of hormonal imbalances. Once we have our data in hand, we’ll work with you to stabilize your hormones using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. This therapy can be as easy as applying creams, injections, gels, pills and SottoPelle® pellets. Pretty soon you’ll feel the stress melt away and be left happily ringing in the New Year!

To schedule your consultation today give us a call at 201-225-2525.

Having trouble sleeping? Hormone imbalance could be to blame.

Do you feel like you count down the seconds until bedtime all day long, only to finally lay your head on the pillow and stare at the clock? Are you awakened mid-sleep drenched in cold sweat? Are you tossing and turning from being too hot and then too cold? If you said yes to any of these questions, it might be time to talk about hormones, the hidden culprits behind sleep issues.

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What causes a hormone imbalance?
When your body is functioning at optimal health, hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid are all working together. When hormones start veering off the normal course, things like sleep disturbances, mood swings, hot flashes, and weight gain tend to occur. These hormones can easily get out of sync due to many reasons out of your control, including menopause, perimenopause, and hypothyroidism. While these issues might be a fact of life, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer and never have a full night of sleep again.

What can I do to fix the imbalance?
If you feel like you’ve tried everything to no avail it might be time to consider hormone replacement therapy. Similarly to taking a multivitamin when you have a vitamin deficiency, Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is able to supplement deficient hormone levels and replenish what your body needs in order to restore your natural chemistry. These hormones (Testosterone and Estradiol) can be administered in the form of tiny pellets placed under the upper layer of your skin.

If you’re experiencing trouble sleeping and are ready to make a change, give us a call today to schedule your consultation and start looking forward to bedtime instead of dreading it!

Touching Patient Testimonial

This testimonial is especially touching because this patient maintains a positive attitude despite any and all hardships. We are so inspired by him and always appreciate how his happy disposition lights up the office when he comes in for appointments.
“I am so thankful to have found “Advanced Hormone Solutions” and Dr. Matos-Cloke.  I am 34 years old, and I have suffered from hypogonadism (low testosterone) since I was in my mid 20’s.  Furthermore, in 2010, I was hit by a car as a pedestrian, and my pituitary gland was damaged. That resulted in my body producing almost no testosterone. Throughout the years, I have seen at least 10 different doctors including general practitioners, specialists, surgeons, and endocrinologists.  None of them had corrected my issue.  Many drugs were prescribed to me such as: Androgel, which burned my chest and did nothing for my testosterone levels, compounded creams which did nothing for my levels, and HCG.  None of these drugs helped me, including injectable testosterone.  Some doctors even suggested that I needed nothing at all, which I knew was incorrect.In addition, while on Testosterone therapy, I was almost never given any medication to offset the side effects.  My testosterone levels were declining and my estrogen was rising.  I was then given Progesterone (usually prescribed for women), which I feel caused more harm than good.  Human Growth Hormone was also prescribed to me, which I do not feel I ever needed, because there was no problem with the natural growth and development of my body.  My jaw bone on the bottom left grew out of the gum tissue and into my mouth, requiring oral surgery. At 34 years of age, I now have a wisdom tooth growing in, which my dentist said was extremely unusual.  He did say that it could be attributed to the medications I have been on in the past.

When I found “Advanced Hormone Solutions”, I had very little hope.  I always told myself that even if my problems were never fixed, I would never give up trying to fix them.  Regarding my body, it was the best decision I ever made.  Approximately 3 weeks after my initial insertion, I started noticing several things.  I felt like I woke up to the world.  I was thinking about sex more often.  My workouts improved.  I started noticing that I was seeing muscular benefits from my workouts.  People were telling me that something was different, that I looked better, and that I seemed more muscular.  In the past, I lifted weights religiously, only to fight day after day to maintain my current body weight and hopefully not drop any pounds.  I am also more assertive and I get my work done more efficiently, all while feeling more positive about things. I am also much calmer, and I do not feel as anxious and as on-edge these days.

In the past, I was most often prescribed Testosterone injections.  The problem with the injections is that you are forcing your body to take in a certain amount of testosterone at one time.  Your body may need more or less.  In addition, when you inject a large amount of testosterone (once a week or once every 2 weeks), your levels peak and then they dip.  So, your mood improves for a few days and then you are back to feeling lousy.  The testosterone injections caused such severe acne on my chest that I still have the scars, and that resulted in me being put on acne medication.  Most recently, before I met Dr. Matos-Cloke, I was instructed to inject myself with a low dose of testosterone 5 days a week, Monday through Friday.  Intramuscular injections 5 days a week are no fun.  I injected my left shoulder, right shoulder, left glute, right glute and then on the 5th day I would pick the least sore spot.  My shoulders were purple from the bruises and I was limping around since the injections in the butt cheeks required long, thick needles to hit the muscle.
Years went by with no results and I turned to psychiatrists for help.  All of them diagnosed me with depression, although I clearly told them that I was not depressed.  I told them that I like life, and I like doing what I do, but I just cannot get things done and function like I used to.  My dreary mood was all because of my low testosterone levels, but the psychiatrists never understood that.    They told me that I did not need to feel depressed to have “depression” and I was put on medications. Psychiatric medications are notorious for destroying one’s libido, so that just added to the problem.

Now that I am on the SotoPelle therapy, my life has changed tremendously.  I am so much happier, so much more content, and my workouts produce results.  I also am more interested in sex, and I have a better libido.  I feel like I have become significantly more mentally balanced, and my energy level and focus has increased.  I regularly get the vitamin shot, and the next day I feel revived and ready to start my day with a vengeance.  I have also noticed some physical changes, such as waking up with morning erections.  That has not happened to me so frequently for a very long time.

I am so unbelievably grateful to have found this place of healing that has helped me restart my life.  I know that many doctors are unfamiliar with this therapy, and some will not agree with it.  The bottom line is that I know my body, and I knew for many years that the previous testosterone therapy was not working.  After the SotoPelle therapy, I know that I feel better now.  I know what works for me and what does not.  Nothing else has helped me.  SotoPelle has been the glimmer of light at the end of the dark tunnel that saved me.  My most recent last lab results were perfect.  That has not happened in ages.  SotoPelle has taken me from a testosterone level of 18 (yes, eighteen) to a level of around 1000.

Thank you, Dr. Matos-Cloke, and thank you to all of your staff.  Your office provides a comfortable and confidential atmosphere and every single person on your team is a top-notch, motivated team player.  Your receptionist always greets me with a bright smile, your nurse is always there with a kind heart and motivating words, and your office manager takes the time to ask how I am feeling.  And Dr. Matos-Cloke, you definitely know your stuff, and you have touched many lives and helped many people.”

Yours truly,

Andrew K.
Bergenfield, NJ

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