In this video, I explain the difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones, a very important distinction for women considering treatments for symptoms of menopause.
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Topics: Bioidentical Hormones
Human metabolism is complex and involves optimal balance of several endocrine hormones. Put simply, abnormal changes in your hormones can greatly affect energy consumption, metabolism and energy expenditure, leading to weight gain or obesity.
We all agree that testosterone is the ‘manliest’ hormone responsible for several metabolic and sexual functions in males. For example, based on several studies and clinical data, it can be safely assumed that adequate testosterone levels are responsible for puberty-related changes in adolescent males in addition to primary and secondary sexual maturation. Likewise, low testosterone levels in the male population are associated with several hazardous effects (physical, emotional, metabolic as well as vasomotor).
Fatigue is one of the primary complaints leading women to seek solutions to restore their quality of life. The intensity, severity and scope of low energy levels vary from case to case; but based on a recent study, approximately 50 -75% menopausal females report moderate discomfort in performing their day-to-day activities because of low motivation and poor energy levels.
Hormones are small but very smart chemical messengers that are capable of influencing physical, emotional, sexual and reproductive aspects of our lives. Mild changes in the secretion of these hormones can produce a wide array of disturbances if poorly managed over a long period of time. This is because most hormones follow a “feedback-regulation system” in which changes in the production of one hormone may impact the synthetic functions of other endocrine hormones and neurotransmitters.
Like other cells in the body, skin and hair follicles require adequate levels of hormones to remain healthy. Testosterone and thyroid deficiency (or thyroid excess) can cause hair to become finer, losing body, wave and shine. Hair becomes dry and brittle, breaking easily. With bioidentical hormone therapy, the skin and scalp become healthier within days to weeks and new hair growth is noticeable within a month.
Menopause is overwhelming for a lot of females; mainly because many women tend to notice even the trivial symptoms that were previously ignored or overlooked. However, in this regard, it is very important to investigate and differentiate the troubling symptoms from ordinary ones.
Loss of libido is one of the symptoms that are not only troubling for the menopausal women but can also adversely affect the life of their male partners. According to latest estimates, more than 20 to 40% females report significant changes in their sex drive during menopause.
Menopause is the complete and irreversible shift in the dynamics of female reproductive cycle. The severity of symptoms may vary from female to female; depending on the overall physical health, age at menopause, co-existing health issues and environmental/ genetic factors. Classic symptoms of menopause are:
Mood swing are clinically defined as "extreme and unexplained fluctuations in the mood that interferes with the physical, social and professional aspects of a person’s life". In other words, individuals who are experiencing these symptoms tend to overreact or respond irrationally to a given stimuli.
Mood swings are very common in menopause; mainly because reproductive hormones like estrogen are known to influence mood and emotional behavior with the help of neurotransmitters and chemical regulation. However, once estrogen secretion decreases significantly (such as in menopausal women), the chemical imbalance causes changes in mood that may range from occasional outbursts of anger and irritability to extreme sadness and depression.
Topics: Hormone Therapy