Why Women Need Testosterone

Did you know normally functioning ovaries produce testosterone and estrogen? Most people are familiar with testosterone as a male sex hormone but, just like estrogen, it’s responsible for more than just sexual activity. Generally speaking, hormones are chemicals that regulate the activity of cells and tissues organs in our bodies. Beyond the development of breasts and reproductive organs, estrogen ensures the function sleep, mood, memory, libido, learning and attention span. Estrogen even controls our perception of pain, bone mass, skin elasticity and blood vessel dilatation.

Women naturally product testosterone to manage libido and sexual response. It also strengths ligaments, builds muscle and bone, assists brain function, behavior, stamina and well-being. Like estrogen, testosterone regulates sleep and prevents cardiovascular problems.

Testosterone is necessary for the physical and mental health of men and women. More and more evidence suggests that the decrease of testosterone, more than the drop in estrogen, is responsible for weight gain, fatigue, loss of mental focus, bone density and muscle definition that is associated with women during middle age.

During menopause, concern is usually paid to the drop in estrogen levels. But “the change” can also causes a decrease in testosterone. It’s most plainly signaled by reduced libido but lower testosterone levels can bring a variety of adverse effects like increased risk of osteoporosis, increased menopausal symptoms (i.e. urinary incontinence and hot flashes), contracting blood vessels and lower blood flow. Female testosterone production is at its highest when a woman is in her 20s. A return to youthful levels of testosterone can mean improvements in your overall well-being and mood.

At Advanced Hormone, we offer our clients the most comprehensive assessment of their hormonal needs. Our tested method provides dosing that is individual to you and your body. We ensure that you get the right amount of testosterone and other hormones are delivered to your body in the most natural and effective way possible. To find out if you many be testosterone deficit and learn more about how hormone therapy may help you call us at 201-225-2525 or fill out our consultation form.

Why SottoPelle® Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Performs Better Than Other Pellet Methods

Since their introduction in the 1930s, hormone pellets have become known as the safest and most effective form of hormone replacement available. When administered correctly, the pellet provides steady, low dosages of hormone that mimics the activity of the human ovary and testicle. Unlike other delivery methods that supply radical quantities, pellets deliver the right amount of hormones that your body needs. Pellet therapy is almost always safe and convenient, but not all are created equal. At Advanced Hormone Solutions, we’re certified in the SottoPelle® method, offering premium quality and care in pellet development.

The SottoPelle® difference is in the unique personalization and exceptional manufacturing. Supported by years of research and evaluation, SottoPelle® pellets are customized by a proprietary algorithmic-based dosing software. Because these pellets are designed for your body’s needs, they can offer you the best treatment.

Most manufacturers will use fillers and binders that can interfere with absorption of the hormone but SottoPelle® is different. Their pellets are made of 99.9% pure hormone and only 0.1% human fatty acid that bind them. The natural binding method ensures that the pellet does not dissolve too quickly or incorrectly so the patient can achieve the right hormonal balance.

SottoPelle® uses an FDA-regulated 503B manufacturing site, featuring the most advanced manufacturing environment, equipment, training procedures and testing. An expert team of well-trained, licensed pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians help maintain the highest quality. Using the highest quality FDA regulated ingredients, the bioidentical hormones are fused into tiny cylinders. Samples are tested at independent laboratories for proper density, potency, purity, sterility, solubility, rates of disintegration and temperature tolerance.

Our individual customization along with proper testing and diagnosis means you can be sure you’re receiving the best treatment for your needs. To find out more about the SottoPelle® method or how our treatments might be able to help you call us at 201-225-2525 or fill out our consultation form.

New Year, New You

For many people the New Year is a great time to start fresh. It’s a time to start a new hobby, meet new people, or be their happiest self. As you endeavor on your journey to personal renewal, consider some of ways hormonal treatments can guide you towards achieving your resolutions.

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Although diet and exercise are a proven method to shed those holiday pounds, most people don’t consider how their hormones can influence their weight loss efforts. Weight loss resistance is a problem that can be caused by hormonal imbalances in progesterone and estrogen levels. At Advanced Hormone Solution, we offer all natural weight loss products that are proven to increase metabolism and breakdown fat.

If your New Year’s Resolution is to improve your overall physical and mental well-being, hormonal imbalances could be a concern. Hormones play a major role in how our bodies behave and emotional and mental state of mind meaning imbalances can negatively impact our lives in all areas. Issues such as hair loss, fatigue, thyroid disease, weight gain, depression or sexual dysfunction can arise. Whether you’re dealing with menopause, andropause or any other type of hormonal changes, Advanced Hormone Solutions offers treatments

Cold Weather, Hot Flashes

As contradictory as it may seem, cold weather can actually be more to blame for hot flashes than warm weather, all thanks to a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. This tiny part at the base of the brain is vital to many functions in the body, including regulating your body temperature.

When the estrogen levels in the body decrease during menopause, it can cause a glitch in the hypothalamus, making it harder to accurately measure and regulate the body’s temperature.  The hypothalamus thinks that the body is too hot or too cold and begins trying to rectify this problem to get the body to a normal temperature.

In the case of hot flashes, the hypothalamus thinks that the body is too hot and needs cooling down. It then sends more blood closer to the surface of the skin, which causes you to become red in the cheeks and feel warm in your face.

Frustrating as this may be, there are some steps that help you manage your symptoms in the colder months:

Dress in layers: Multiple layers of clothing that are easy to put on and take off will make dealing with hot flashes much easier. Dressy tank tops underneath lightweight, button-down sweaters or cardigans will allow you to easily remove the warmer garments and get that much-needed cool air against your skin quickly.

Keep a fan nearby: Small, portable fans are an easy and inexpensive way to deal with hot flashes. Tuck one under your desk at work, rather than trying to cool off the entire office.  Getting the air flowing in your own personal corner may help you survive the next hot flash without annoying your co-workers.

Dress lightly for bed: Rather than going to sleep in flannel pajamas, wear something lightweight and breathable to bed. Keep the bedroom cool and layer on smaller blankets that are easy to remove if hot flashes and night sweats kick in.

Keep holiday stress to a minimum: Colder months are also packed with shopping lists, holiday parties, and an endless list of to-dos. Stress is a common hot flash trigger so cutting your list this winter may help reduce the number of hot flashes you experience.

If you’re needing a little bit of extra help managing your hot flashes, call our office at 201-225-2525 to schedule a free consultation.  Our Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help get your internal thermostat back on track.

Beating Stress this Holiday Season

The holidays are meant to be a joyful, happy time.  Too often the season devolves into a time crunch with a seemingly endless list of tasks to complete, gifts to purchase, and unreasonable expectations.

We’ve put together a list of 5 simple, easy-to-do ways to help manage that stress this season so maybe, just maybe, you get to enjoy the festivities with your family.

1: Take a sunny day hike!

Sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin and helps relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Spend time outdoors or near a sunny window.  If you need even more, look into phototherapy, a treatment using a box that emits a full-spectrum light.

2: Take a deep breath!

Citrus fragrances have been found to boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by raising levels of norepinephrine.  Dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a handkerchief and keep in in your pocket for an all-day pick-me-up.

3:  Walk away from your worries!

Much like the sunny hike mentioned above, the rhythm of walking in any weather has a calming effect on your brain and can decrease anxiety and improve sleep.

4:  Just a little pinch!

There’s a fleshy spot between your index finger and thumb.  Applying pressure for 30 seconds can reduce stress and tension in your upper body.  Give your hand a squeeze and take a deep breathe.

5:  Dip into some honey!

Honey has a myriad of health benefits, including giving us an instant kick when we need it.  It’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties may improve immunity.  Remember, the darker the honey, the more powerful the punch.

Following the steps above can help prevent stress and depression that can accompany the holiday hustle and bustle.  With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.

World Menopause Day – October 18th

This year, the World Menopause Campaign has chosen the overall theme of “Midlife Health in the 21st Century,” which focuses on common problems in perimenopause. In the leading up to menopause (perimenopause), you may experience several signs and symptoms, including:

  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism
  • Thinning hair and dry skin
  • Loss of breast fullness

Menopause requires no medical treatment and is a natural part of aging. Instead, treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms, and preventing or managing chronic conditions that may occur with aging.  Hormone Therapy is the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes.  Your doctor may recommend estrogen to provide symptom relief, which also helps prevent bone loss.  Bioidentical Hormones are those that come from plant sources.  The hormones are chemically identical to those your body naturally produces.  Starting hormones around the time of menopause has shown benefits for many women.

Before starting on any form of treatment, talk with your doctor about your options and benefits involved with each treatment.  Review your options early, as your needs may change.

To schedule your consultation to see which treatment may be best for you, call us at 201-225-2525.  Let’s get you on the path to being your best you!

Sleep Disorders and Hormone Imbalance

Insomnia is defined as the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.  Sleep disorders like insomnia are common in menopause, but can also hit well before your period stops in the phase known as perimenopause.  Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you get better, higher-quality sleep.

Sleep is incredibly important to our bodies.  This is when the body takes time to repair, detoxify, regulate hormones, correct chemical imbalances, adjust blood sugar levels, store memories, and much more.  If we cannot regulate our hormones, we cannot get restful sleep and all the other processes of sleep begin to fail.

In order for your body to get quality sleep, you must enter Rapid Eye Movement.  This is when the body is at its most restful and restorative.  If you do not spend enough time in REM each night, you may begin to experience hormonal disruptions.

Keeping your bedroom cool, having a fan to manage possible hot flashes, managing stress, and exercising are all good tactics for fighting insomnia during perimenopause.  Sticking to a bedtime and waketime schedule can also help.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can get at the root cause of all of your symptom and help alleviate the ones that lead to insomnia in the first place.

If you are experiencing Insomnia, we can help.  Call us today at 201-225-2525 to schedule your free consultation.  We can have you on your way to a restful sleep in no time.

Causes of Early Menopause

Menopause begins when your ovaries stop producing estrogen, the hormone that regulates the reproductive cycle.  On average, women in the U.S. go into menopause around 51, according to the National Institute on Aging.  Most women will experience the onset of menopausal symptoms between 40 and 60, with early menopause (perimenopause) occurring before age 40.

Our hormonal levels are constantly shifting, and that’s normal.  As we age, the fluctuations may become more extreme, leading us to experience common symptoms of menopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, fatigue, depression, sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, foggy thinking, and a decrease in sexual desire.  Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can potentially prevent many of these common symptoms. Approaching these symptoms naturally can help you regain hormonal balance, and both the frequency and severity of symptoms will improve.

Hormone Replacement Therapy may be appropriate to address the long-term health risks associated with menopause, such as atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, breast cancer, increase in body fat, and diabetes.  Working with a knowledgeable healthcare professional specifically trained in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help you transition through menopause happier and healthier with an improved quality of life and sense of well-being.

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Contact us today at 201-225-2525 to schedule your consultation and start feeling better.

DOES MENOPAUSE AFFECT YOUR LIBIDO?

As we go through menopause, you might notice that your libido, or sex drive, is changing. Most women will often experience a decrease in their libido during menopause which is due to a decrease in your hormone levels.

Decreased hormone levels can lead to vaginal dryness and tightness which can cause pain during intercourse. Menopause symptoms can also make you less interested in sex. These symptoms include:

  • depression
  • mood swings
  • weight gain
  • hot flashes
  • anxiety
  • decrease in energy
  • sleeping problems

Menopause can negatively affect your libido in several ways. During menopause, your testosterone and estrogen levels both decrease, which make it more difficult for you to feel sexy and to get aroused.  Lower levels of estrogen lead to a drop in the blood supply to the vagina, which can then negatively affect vaginal lubrication. It can also lead to thinning of the vaginal wall, known as vaginal atrophy.  Vaginal dryness and atrophy often lead to discomfort during sex.

Other physical changes during menopause might also affect your libido. For example, many women gain weight and fat during menopause, and discomfort with your new chubby body can lead to you feeling unattractive thus leading to a decrease in your desire for sex. Hot flashes and night sweats are also common symptoms. These symptoms can leave you feeling too tired and other symptoms include mood swings, depression and irritability, which can turn you off from sex.

Our proven SottoPelle bioidentical hormone replacement therapy will restore your hormone levels back to optimum youthful levels, thus giving your body back what it does not produce any more.

 

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.

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