Dr. Miskell’s staff of nurse practitioners and physician assistants have been trained in the use of bio-identical hormones, which are non-synthetic hormones that are biologically identical to those produced by the human body. Dr. Miskell and her team have helped thousands of women. Depending on your age and specific hormonal deficiencies, a customized hormone replacement plan could literally change your life — and your waistline! Ask your doctor to test your thyroid, adrenal glands and reproductive hormone levels. With that information, your healthcare provider can come up with an individualized plan so you get the hormones that you need to improve your health and help you lose weight. Middle age spread is common, but it does not have to be your default. With medical supervision as you develop new habits along with appropriate hormone therapy you can maintain a healthy weight now and into the next decades.*
Symptoms of Hormone Deficiency
As women age hormone levels decrease (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) and they experience many physical and emotional changes outside their control. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, then BHRT for women may be right for you!*
• Mood Swings
• Weight Gain
• Low Libido
• Brain Fog
• Hot Flashes
• Night Sweats
• Vaginal Dryness
• Mental Fatigue
A drop in hormone levels in your body causes most of these symptoms. But many women experience several of these symptoms (including insomnia, mood swings and decreased sex drive) well before menopause – and sometimes as early as age 35.*
What Is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
As women approach menopause, their female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) begin to diminish. This can cause various symptoms that are associated with this change in a woman’s life, including heart palpitations, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood changes, vaginal dryness, weight gain and more. Hormone replacement therapy is a combination of medications that can relieve these symptoms.*
Benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
If you are suffering from a lower quality of life from your menopausal symptoms, BHRT can make you feel much better. It can suppress some of the symptoms of menopause and can raise your libido and make sex more comfortable.*
Certain women can benefit from BHRT more than others. These individuals include:
• Those who went into menopause before the age of 40
• Those who have had their ovaries removed before the age of 45
• Some women who have lost bone mass
For those at risk of complications of menopause, particularly early menopause, BHRT can reduce the risks of:
• Coronary heart disease
• Parkinson’s disease
• Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)
• Early death from different causes
Risks of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
All medications, natural or synthetic, carry risks that must be considered before you take them. BHRT is no exception; it carries risks that should be weighed against the potential benefits. Some of these risks might include:*
• Breast cancer
• Blood clots
• Heart attack
There are different types of BHRT, so while one type might be too risky for you to take, particularly if you have a family or personal history of the aforementioned health conditions, it’s possible that another type would be safe. Your healthcare provider is the one who can answer these questions.*
There are different delivery methods of BHRT, which include:
• Oral Medications-Can be compounded capsules or treatments that dissolve in your mouth such as troches or RDTs (rapid dissolve tablets).
• Topical Creams-Can be compounded to include all types of hormones and are applied on the skin to absorb transdermally.
• Pellet Implants-These are implanted in the hip area every few months. Offers time-released hormone therapy without having to remember a prescription.
• Injections-Extremely customizable according to your labs. Given in the hip area once monthly.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: Benefits vs. Risks
Whenever your doctor prescribes a medication or a procedure, he or she first determines whether the benefits outweigh the risks. Hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is no exception. For some women, BHRT will carry risks that outweigh the potential benefits, and for others, the benefits will clearly outweigh the risks. While it’s important to educate yourself about any procedure or medication you are considering, remember that your doctor will largely influence your decision.*
Start Living Ageless For Life!
At Focus Total Health, we conduct comprehensive and individualized testing to develop a custom-built BHRT regimen, depending on each client’s needs. This means that you will not receive too little or too much of any hormone; your regimen will be as safe and effective as possible, since it will be created just for you!*
Please call 210.305.5075 today to schedule a consultation at one of our locations: Boerne, New Braunfels, Austin, or San Antonio.
*Individual results may vary