Women, Hormones, and Depression

Did you know that women are more susceptible to depression than men? This is in part due to the rising and falling hormone levels that they experience every month. This means that women must take extra care to notice the signs of depression and seek help when needed. In fact, there are two specific types of depression to watch out for: seasonal depression and postpartum depression. Therefore, during this time of year you must be extra vigilant about your mental health.

Seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a form of depression that can be triggered by the longer nights and lack of daylight in the winter. Even SAD is more prevalent in females. In fact, in adults seasonal depression is reported in four times as many women than men. Once a woman hits menopause, the rate of SAD increases. This is due in part to the decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone in a woman’s cycle, linking the hormones to depression.

Postpartum depression is another type of mental illness that affects only women. It is a temporary type of depression that some females experience after giving birth. This milestone wreaks havoc on the hormones and emotions of a woman. Therefore, it is no surprise that many women are left with some lingering effects after delivery. Postpartum depression affects approximately 15% of mothers. This is a common, yet overlooked condition that needs to be treated seriously. Postpartum depression can begin anytime before or after birth and can last for months. If left untreated, it can develop into suicidal thoughts/actions, or an extreme case of postpartum psychosis.

Again, we see how depression and mood disorders are influenced by hormones and the ever-changing levels that exist in female bodies. This means that women must pay attention to their mental health and be aware of times where they might be more susceptible to depression. While mood swings are to be expected, if you notice a long term change in yourself or another seek the help of a medical professional.

Simple Steps Toward a Healthier You

It’s easy to be overwhelmed with change, and changing parts of your routine can seem daunting.  Keep it simple.  A few small steps can make a huge difference in our overall health and well-being.

  • Eliminate clutter.  A cluttered environment can impact our brains, and ultimately our health and wellness.  Clutter is akin to emotional baggage.  And while you’re cleaning your closet, clean your cupboards, too.  Rid yourself of things that aren’t good for you.
  • Add Water. You’ve heard it before, over and over, and it’s still true.  Drink more water.  It will keep you hydrated, eliminate toxins, and get your body working more efficiently.
  • Stop Complaining. And start creating.  Set clear goals, and work toward them.  Setting achievable goals, and reaching them, gives us a boost of confidence to tackle bigger and more challenging tasks.
  • Take 10 minutes. Do something small, just for you, every single day.  Whether that’s drinking your favorite tea, reading a chapter of a book, meditating… it doesn’t matter.  Make sure you’re devoting time to yourself.
  • Stay in Motion. Exercise keeps you fit, boosts your mood, and even improves your sex drive. It’s doesn’t really matter what you’re doing as long as you stay moving.
  • Eat Your Veggies. Make sure you’re including vegetables in your daily diet.  Give your body that boost of vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy and energized.
  • Get Some Shut-Eye. Most people need eight full hours every night.  Sleep reduces stress and inflammation and allows our body to repair itself.  Unplug from your devices at least one hour before bedtime to help you get optimal rest.


It’s a new year, and a new decade.  Now is the time to create a new you.  Do the things you’ve been putting off.  Make those changes.

Holiday Season Got You Feeling Blue?

The holiday season can be hard on all of us… the hustle and bustle, financial strain, stressful travel, strained family relationships can be a lot to manage.  Fortunately, there are solutions.

We all know antidepressants can treat the symptoms of depression, and work well for most people.  Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy has also been shown to treat symptoms of depression.  Menopausal women suffering from depression may find better results with BHRT than traditional antidepressant medications as BHRT is designed and compounded for each individual need.

Menopausal symptoms such as night sweats and insomnia lead to a lack of restful sleep, and the persistent fatigue can often lead to depression.  Untreated depression can increase the risk of developing cardiac issues and even osteoporosis.

BHRT restores hormone levels to normal.  Antidepressants work by boosting serotonin.  As estrogen is a natural serotonin booster, along with promoting good sleep, BHRT can sometimes help treat depression symptoms.

If you think you may be suffering from depression, give our office a call at 201-255-2525 to discuss a possible treatment plan.  Start the New Year off with your best foot forward.

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

Eggnog and cookies and pie, oh my!  While it’s easy to indulge over the long holiday season, we’ve compiled some tips to help you keep living your best life well into the New Year.

  • Be Mindful. Who hasn’t sat down and casually grazed through a tray of their favorite food?  Try to be mindful of what you’re eating this year.  Slow down.  Savor the flavors.  Chew, swallow, and rest before reaching for another.
  • In between glasses of wine or eggnog, be sure to drink a full glass of water.  Our bodies need water to function properly, you’ll be grateful in the morning.
  • Eat for Your Immune System. Be generous with your helpings of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
  • Don’t Forget Self-Care. The holidays can be stressful!  Don’t put yourself on the back burner.  Go for a walk, meditate, read a book.  Whatever you need to do to reset your mind.
  • Reinvent Your Workout. Try to plan your workout around your holiday schedule.  If you don’t have time for one 30-minute session, how about 15-minutes in the morning and another 10 at night?

Most importantly, don’t forget to Enjoy Yourself!  The holidays can be rough, try to enjoy the extra time with friends and family.  If you’re still not feeling yourself this time of year, give us a call at 201-255-2525 to schedule a consultation.  Let us help your holidays go off without a hitch!

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.

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