Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Neal Rouzier, M.D. of Preventive Medicine Centers is in the business of offering hope. In his many years of providing Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) in the Palm Springs area, men and women have come to him in complete despair. Nothing they have tried has helped to alleviate their symptoms of fatigue, irritability, weight gain, low sex drive, and dozens of other issues related to changing hormone levels. This can and often does lead to feelings of hopelessness and depression.
By the time people come to Palm Springs Bioidentical Hormones Expert, Neal Rouzier, M.D., they are ready to try something new. They are frustrated with general practice doctors treating their symptoms and not solving the root problems. Even worse are the primary care physicians, friends, and family members who say that it’s all a normal part of aging and all anyone can do is just deal with it. If all of this sounds familiar to you, the first thing to realize is that you don’t just have to put up with these symptoms taking over your life. Neal Rouzier, M.D. has helped many people permanently feel better through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and he can do the same for you.
How Hormones Get Unbalanced
One of the persistent myths that patients of Neal Rouzier, M.D. believe is that only women experience hormonal changes as they age. While all women go through menopause, a large percentage of men also deal with symptoms brought on by the hormonal changes that come with aging. That is because a man’s testicles naturally produce less testosterone as he gets older. The decrease starts as early as age 30, with the most noticeable symptoms starting in the mid 40s to early 50s. Coincidentally, this is the same age range that women are typically bothered the most by symptoms of menopause.
While normal aging is the most common reason for hormonal imbalance, it is not the only one. Stress, an unhealthy diet, certain illnesses, inadequate sleep, and poor lifestyle choices are also contributing factors. If you suspect that unbalanced hormones are causing your symptoms, it is important to schedule an evaluation with Neal Rouzier, M.D. as soon as possible. The reason for the imbalance is not as important as determining the proper way to treat it.
Common Indications of Hormonal Imbalance
The first time patients visit Neal Rouzier, M.D., the most frequent thing they complain about is sluggishness. Getting through a normal day at work is enough of a struggle, never mind household chores, intimacy with their partner, or anything else that requires energy. Both genders struggle to lose stubborn body fat and may experience problems with mood swings, sleep disturbances and sexual dysfunction. Both men and women sum up their problems with hormonal imbalance well when they say that they just don’t feel like themselves.
Types of Bioidentical Hormones
Neal Rouzier, M.D. may choose to use one or several types of bioidentical hormones based on your symptoms and your initial response to the therapy. The most common types of bioidentical hormones used in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:
Secreted by the ovaries, without progesterone the body cannot begin to produce the other essential hormones it requires such as: Estrogen, Testosterone, DHEA and Cortisol. Produced naturally from Cholesterol it is then changed into Pregnenolone, which further aids in the production of other vital hormones. Progesterone not only protects against uterine and breast cancers, but it can also help stave-off other serious diseases and conditions such as: Osteoporosis, fibrocystic disease and ovarian cysts. A major component for strong brain functioning, proper regulation of blood sugar levels and the production of thyroid hormones, Progesterone has also been proven to decrease pre-and-post menopausal symptoms in many women, as well as premenstrual symptoms (PMS) such as severe mood swings, migraine headaches, bloating, and fatigue. It also contributes to sustaining a healthy libido. And, as with many other hormones, Progesterone production begins to cease at Menopause which is why the replenishment of this hormone to achieve balance within the body by way of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is such an effective and life-affirming treatment to employ. When Progesterone levels are low, symptoms may include heavy bleeding and cramping during menstruation. When Progesterone levels are too high, patients can experience chronic fatigue, and an overall lethargy that sleep cannot seem to counter.
Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone that aids in cellular repair of the central nervous system and is the most potent memory enhancer of all the hormones, it is first synthesized by the cholesterol in the body and then created by the adrenal glands. Pregnenolone, along with the hormone DHEA, is responsible for creating testosterone and all other hormones in your body. Made from the supporting tissues in the brain, Pregnenolone activates neuroreceptors that alternately stimulate and calm the brain. An unbalanced level of Pregnenolone contributes to depression, irritability, fatigue, poor communication, difficulty with concentration and memory, and stress. Mood disturbances are also common when Pregnenolone levels are low. Replenishment of Pregnenolone can not only prevent cardiovascular disease, as well as certain types of cancers, but it can also help patients feel youthful and energetic, improving their overall sense of well-being. When Pregnenolone levels are too high, symptoms can include severe insomnia, an irregular heartbeat, and irritability, just to name a few.
Melatonin is a hormone that, as we age, our bodies naturally begin to produce less and less of. Secreted by the pineal gland, Melatonin is a circadian rhythm hormone – a hormone that effects the patterns of sleep and serves to increase the deepest stages of sleep which, in turn, strengthens the immune system, energizes the body, and helps improve mood. It is during some of the deeper stages of sleep that our cells begin to restore and repair themselves. In fact, it is during these deeper stages of sleep that the body produces natural killer T-cells or CD4 cells. With a powerful antioxidant effect, Melatonin has tremendous disease prevention qualities, including the prevention of cancer. A deficiency in Melatonin results in a lowered quality of sleep, irritability, hypersensitivity, poor body temperature regulation, and premature aging. The consequences of being dominant in Melatonin present as drowsiness, and reduced core body temperature. High levels of concentration have also been shown to have a negative effect on the reproductive system.
One of the most important hormones for energy and well-being, Testosterone is the primary hormone in a group of male hormones called Androgens, and although primarily considered to be a male hormone, Testosterone is also present in smaller amounts in women. Secreted by the adrenal glands, testes and ovaries, Testosterone contributes to strength, endurance, lean muscle mass, increased bone density, lower cholesterol, greater capacity to heal, increased tolerance to exercise, and can even improve skin tone as it helps to increase collagen production and elasticity in the skin. It can also enhance sexual performance and increase libido as it plays a significant role in sexuality and reproductive health. Testosterone also prolongs the quality of life by lowering the risk of age-related diseases. Typically, men begin experiencing a one percent decrease in Testosterone production every year after the age of 30. When Testosterone levels are too low, both men and women can experience unnecessary weight gain, hair loss, chronic fatigue, depression, irritability, as well as a lowered sex drive. When Testosterone levels are too high, symptoms can include: acne (primarily on back and shoulders), reduced fertility, Alopecia, enlarged prostate and even testicle shrinkage.
Estrogen is secreted by the ovaries, which cease production at Menopause. It protects against heart disease, stroke, Osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Estrogen guards against vaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence, and Menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes. A deficiency in this hormone can result in early Menopause, forgetfulness, insomnia, sagging breast skin, incontinence, increased facial skin wrinkles, chronic fatigue, depression/anxiety, mood swings, lowered libido and even painful intercourse. An Estrogen dominance is often presented by bloating, breast tenderness, irregular menstrual cycles, lowered libido, migraines, mood swings, and weight gain.
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DHEA is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, and the precursor to other essential sex hormones. DHEA causes a shift in the anabolic or protein building state. It can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease by stimulating the breakdown of fat, while also strengthening the immune system, restoring libido, improving mood, and lowering cholesterol and overall body fat. Latest research has shown DHEA to be an anti-stress hormone, which can help reverse the negative effects of stress on the immune system. When there is an imbalance in the DHEA hormone, it affects the production of other hormones such as Estrogen and Testosterone just to name a few. Patients suffering from a DHEA deficiency will often complain of a lowered immune system, chronic fatigue, aching of the joints, and phantom pains, lowered libido, chronic fatigue, depression/anxiety, and loss of muscle mass. A dominance in DHEA presents with any one of the following symptoms: unplanned weight loss, loss of appetite, muscle atrophy/weakness, chronic fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, muscle weakness and skin hyperpigmentation.
How Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Can Help You Get Back to You
When women stop producing estrogen and men slow down their production of testosterone, it seems obvious that restoring the balance they once had can make them feel better. However, most mainstream doctors fail to see the connection. They are trained to diagnose and treat disease. Since hormone imbalance is not an illness, they are at a loss for what to do. Neal Rouzier, M.D., on the other hand, introduces hormones into your body that are identical in cell structure and purpose to what it previously manufactured on its own. Within one month of starting treatment, you may notice improvement in some or all of these areas:
- Balanced moods: You no longer experience feelings of hostility, anxiety, or depression that you can’t explain. Your emotions are on a much more even keel.
- Increased sex drive: Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy increases the libido of both genders to what it was before they started suffering the effects of hormone loss.
- More regular sleep patterns: Hormone imbalance affects the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that regulates sleep. Restoring that balance helps decrease insomnia and gets you back to a more predictable pattern of sleep.
- Fat loss and improved muscle mass: Low levels of estrogen makes it hard to lose body fat while low testosterone levels have a negative effect on muscle tone. Replacing these hormones helps to eliminate both problems.
There are also numerous benefits specific to each gender.