HOW TO CHECK WOMEN’S HORMONE LEVELS
Hormone imbalance before, during, and after reaching menopause is often the culprit of mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and low libido.
Other annoying symptoms include: fatigue, hair loss, depression, memory lapses, weight gain, dizziness, incontinence, and headaches.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) could provide you with relief.
If you’re confused about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) you’re not alone.
Our medical providers have years of experience treating women with thyroid disorders and hormone imbalances. This means that you can be assured that they will listen to you, understand what you’ve been going through, and have the cumulative experience to help you.
Just like conventional hormone therapy, bio-identical hormones do have risks and are not right for everyone.
Women who have had breast cancer or endometrial cancer, strokes, or blood clots would not want to take bio-identical hormones.
Hormone replacement is not a one-size fits all solution. Talk to your doctor about whether the risks of any kind of hormonal menopause treatment outweigh the benefits for you.
Call 480-448-2411 for an appointment to customize a hormone replacement therapy plan that’s right for you.
Tell Me More About HRT and BHRT:
- The three major hormones made by the ovaries are estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone.
- Bio-identical hormones are biochemically the same as those made by the ovaries during a woman’s reproductive years. However they aren’t for every woman. Much of the time diet and lifestyle changes can relieve menopausal symptoms.
- BHRT treatments include creams, lotions, injections, gels, or tablets that have the goal of raising hormone levels back up to a more youthful state.
- The individual ingredients used by compounding pharmacies to make BHRT are generally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the actual compounding product is not.
- Although there have been concerns raised about HRT and the potential risks to various aspects of women’s health, more recently published findings show that although not entirely risk free, it remains the most effective solution for the relief of menopausal symptoms and is also effective for the prevention of osteoporosis. It may in certain age groups provide protection against heart disease.
- Prescription pharmaceuticals for HRT (such as the conventional hormone preparations) are FDA-regulated and guaranteed to be the same strength each time.
- Compounded bio-identical hormones are sometimes marketed as “all natural” and safer than HRT. But according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), there have been no large long-term clinical trials studying their safety and effectiveness. ACOG believes that compounded bio-identical hormones should be considered to carry the same risks as FDA-approved drugs.