Women

Healthy and Vital

Hormone Function

Hormones are responsible for maintaining the function and vitality of all the cells in your body. As an analogy; they are the fuel that allows the cells engines to fire. As a women ages and starts to enter menopause, the amount of fuel available and the octane of the fuel decreases. The engine still fires but it may knock and sputter and doesn’t generate the same horsepower. During the process of menopause, the cells of the body lose hormone stimulation. This can lead to degeneration of cells and organs as well as decreased cellular performance and function.

Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical means that the hormone molecule in the medicine has the same molecular structure to the hormone that is produced in the human body. They are made from natural plant sources such as yams and soy and are compunded by prescription only. Over the counter cream molecules though made from plant sources, are barely recognized by human hormone receptors. When a medicine is biologically identical, it interacts in the body in the same manner as the patient’s natural hormones.

Menopause

Menopause occurs when a women has stopped having her menstrual cycle for over one year. Prior to this, a woman may go through perimenopause for several years where hormone levels decline. Numerous menopause symptoms of this decreased hormone production can occur including:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Decreased Sex Drive
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular Periods
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Painful Intercourse
  • Urinary Leakage and Urgency
  • Mood Swings
  • Weight Gain

A blood test of your hormone levels may be indicative of perimenopause and BHRT or Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be beneficial for alleviating your symptoms, increasing your energy, restoring your sex drive, and enabling you to lose excessive body fat. Come into Neogenics today to help identify and correct menopause symptoms.

Safety

Many people are confused about hormone supplement safety due to the WHI (Women’s Health Initiative) study that was stopped in 2002 because of health concerns. That study used synthetic combined estrogen and progestin (such as prempro) orally. The study was stopped due to increases in heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, and blood clots.
Studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones have shown them to be advantageous. They do not increase the risk of breast cancer, in fact, they may actually lower that risk. The risks of osteoporosis, heart disease, elevated cholesterol and mental decline have been shown in studies to be decreased with bioidenticals. They are effective at alleviating and possibly preventing the unwanted symptoms and disease states associated with the hormonal deficiencies and imbalances that occur with aging.

Female Hormonal Imbalance

  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain/Food Cravings
  • Decreased Libido/Sexual Desire
  • Mood Swings/Depression
  • Irritability/Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Hot Flashes/Night Sweats
  • Vaginal Dryness/Atrophy
  • Memory Loss
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Dry Wrinkling Skin

Associated Diseases

  • Osteoporosis/Thinning Bones
  • Heart Disease/Vascular Disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High Cholesterol
  • Menopause
  • Perimenopause

Optimum Levels

Medicine has established for years what normal levels of different electrolytes, enzymes, proteins, and hormones are. These levels have been established for a prediction level that 95% of the population will fall into. This means from newborns to octagenarians. So for example, if we look at testosterone in a woman, the normal range varies from 20-80. However, we know there is an optimum level where a woman’s system functions more effectively, she feels better, more youthful, more vital. Many physicians are content having their patients fall at the bottom of the normal range. However, if optimum levels are attained, the patient will feel better and the degenerative effects of the aging process may be decreased or reversed. This is the crux of attaining optimum levels.

What We Do

Hormones work in a balance. If one is deficient, it may affect other hormone levels as the body attempts to offset this impairment. Our goal is to correct, adjust and restore all of your hormones to optimum levels. We do this by listening to you, gaining an understanding of your symptoms, performing a physical evaluation focused on anti-aging, and assessing state-of-the-art, longevity based, laboratory data. We then implement a plan designed to optimize your systems. This may mean prescribing compounded bioidentical hormones, formulating or adjusting your vitamin needs, teaching you nutritional options to enhance your health, and designing a fitness program based on your lifestyle.