Delay & Defer the Symptoms of Aging Through Therapy
As we age, our bodies change. We can’t do as much. We are not as fast or as strong as we used to be. Our appearance also changes. What we have done in life, been exposed to, eaten, or have not eaten affects everything that genetics has brought to the table.
The current social milieu encourages putting off aging and reducing its symptoms and changes. Hormone therapy has been around for a long time. Many women have apparently “stopped the clock” through the use of hormones. This situation was drastically affected by the reports from the Women’s Health Initiative. The relationship between menopausal hormone therapies and the incidence of breast cancer brought the state of affairs to a screeching halt.
The emergence of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Brownwood Texas has come to the fore front. The term bioidentical has been used in many different ways. It is always good to ask what is meant by bioidentical. The answers will surprise you. You should also ask, “how do you measure hormone levels, what is different about what you do, and why.” Also ask about scientific trials and comparisons. It is reported that the hormone molecule used is exactly like your own. However, what is usually meant is that the replacement hormone comes from a plant. Two current methods of bioidentical approaches involve measuring buccal samples (inside the mouth) at different times of the day and then adjusting replacement treatment to compensate for abnormal findings. The other involves usually blood tests and then compounding a product into pellets which are then inserted under the skin for several months. In this group natural, bioidentical usually means a plant based hormone and bioidentical is based upon protocol.
Dr. Butka has taken a more middle of the road approach to hormone replacement in Brownwood, TX as we have seen complications and side effects from all the above methods such as acne and facial hair growth.
Our philosophy is to evaluate YOU as a person. You at your stage in life and recommend an approach tailored to you. We also provide close follow up and make any necessary adjustments to your regimen as might be required.
Replacing deficient levels can go a long way to making you feel more energetic, and balanced in your senior or middle ages years.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy uses the female hormones estrogen and progesterone to treat the common symptoms of menopause and aging. During menopause, hormone levels fall, causing uncomfortable symptoms like vaginal dryness, hot flashes and sometimes osteoporosis. HRT replaces hormones the body no longer makes. It is the most effective treatment for menopause symptoms, and is recommended depending on each woman’s individual risk factors.
What are the different types of hormone therapies available?
Systemic hormone therapy. Systemic estrogen in pill, skin patch, gel, cream or spray form is the most effective treatment for relief of hot flashes and night sweats. Estrogen can also ease vaginal dryness, itching, burning and discomfort during intercourse.
Low-dose vaginal products. Low-dose vaginal preparations of estrogen such as creams, tablets or a vaginal ring can effectively treat vaginal symptoms and some urinary symptoms, while minimizing absorption into the body. However, low-dose vaginal preparations do not help with hot flashes, night sweats or protection against osteoporosis.
What are bio-identical hormones?
As a treatment alternative, bio-identical hormones are all natural and are plant derived. They have the same chemical structure as the ones made in the body which means they are extremely safe and effective when properly prescribed. They also have many benefits for overall health. Once bio-identical hormones are introduced into the body, many symptoms such as night sweats, irritability, depression, anxiety, hot flashes, decreased libido and weight gain generally ease and patients begin to feel a renewed sense of well-being.
Are there risks involved with hormone therapy?
The risks of hormone therapy vary depending on whether estrogen is given alone or with a progestin, and depending on the current age and age at menopause of the woman, the dose and type of estrogen, and other health risks such as heart and cardiovascular disease, cancer risks and family medical history.
Hormone therapy, particularly estrogen combined with a progestin, can make the breasts look more dense on mammograms, making breast cancer more difficult to detect. Also, especially when taken for more than a few years, hormone therapy increases the risk of breast cancer.
These risks should be seriously considered in deciding whether hormone therapy might be an option for you.
What are common side effects of hormone therapy?
HRT does come with side effects. Call your doctor if you experience bloating, breast swelling or tenderness, headaches, mood changes, nausea or vaginal bleeding.
Accordingly, avoid HRT if you have or have had blood clots, breast, uterine or endometrial cancer, heart disease, liver disease, heart attack, stroke or if you think you may be pregnant.
The inter-relationship of hormone deficiencies and health is multi-faceted. Diet, nutrition, and exercise may also be recommended as a compliment to HRT. In combination, these therapies allow for the alleviation of or elimination of symptoms as well as continued optimal health.
Call our offices to schedule a consultation appointment to learn more about HRT: (325) 641-1927.
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