Hormone Used with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Santa Cruz Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor Christopher Hermanson, M.D. at Evolved Medical in Santa Cruz, California offers Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to men and women suffering from hormonal imbalances. Our bodies naturally produce fewer hormones as we get older, which is a fact that goes unnoticed by some and turns the lives of others into sheer misery. Both men and women experience the effects of unbalanced hormones. In addition, people may experience problems unique to their gender. For men, this may include erectile dysfunction and loss of body hair, while women may experience hot flashes and unstable moods. The ingredients used in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy cannot be patented because they are created for each patient individually based on their presenting symptoms and genetic makeup.

Some of the hormones that can be replaced using Bioidentical Hormone Therapy include:

Cortisol

Although the technical name for this hormone is cortisol, some doctors and lay people refer to it as the stress hormone. Your adrenal glands produce and secrete cortisol in response to stress, also known as the fight or flight response. Because many people today live highly stressful lives, they may have unbalanced levels of cortisol present in their bodies. Left unchecked, this can lead to Type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and weight gain. Balancing cortisol levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help men and women to prevent the symptoms and diseases related to low levels of cortisol.

Estrogen

The term estrogen actually describes the functioning of estradiol, estriol, and estrone. Estrogen is primarily a female hormone produced in the ovaries, fat tissue, or adrenal glands. Men also create small amounts of estrogen in their testes. As girls go through puberty, the proper levels of estrogen help to ensure breast development and a healthy uterine lining for future menstruation and pregnancy. Balancing estrogen levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can prevent symptoms of menopause that include hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, vaginal dryness, and low libido.

Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

Healthy levels of HGH contribute to bone density and strength, increased muscle mass, and a strong immune system. Balancing levels of HCG in the body has been shown to improve sleep patterns, increase energy, and jump-start weight loss in addition to improving the other symptoms associated with it. Although initially used exclusively in children who failed to reach the expected height for their age due to disorders of the pituitary gland, the use of HGH has expanded to include treatment for other types of hormonal imbalance, which can improve energy, sex drive, and vitality.

Progesterone

Without progesterone, your body cannot produce the other hormones it needs. This includes estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol. Your body produces progesterone naturally from cholesterol and then turns it into pregnenolone, which in turn helps to produce the other hormones. It is integral for strong brain functioning, regulating blood sugar, having a healthy libido, and regulating the production of thyroid hormones.

Testosterone

This primarily male hormone is also present in smaller amounts in women. Both genders experience the effects of too little testosterone, including weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, depression, and low sex drive. Restoring testosterone levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement therapy can help men and women to have increased energy, muscle tone, and libido.

Pregnenolone

This hormone controls the function of many others, including estrogen and progesterone. During the natural course of aging, you may lose up to 60 percent of the pregnenolone your body needs to sustain energy. It is also responsible for memory and alertness. An unbalanced level of pregnenolone contributes to depression, fatigue, and stress. Balancing pregnenolone with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help women and men to balance their moods and protect their nervous system.

Thyroid Hormone

The thyroid is a tiny gland in your neck that controls all of the functions of your adrenal system. When your body produces too much or too little thyroid hormone, you may experience weight gain, depression, fatigue, cold sensations, hot flashes, and many other unpleasant symptoms. Balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce the symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

Depending on your presenting symptoms, Santa Cruz Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor Christopher Hermanson, M.D. may order a blood, saliva, or urine test to determine your current hormone levels. With this knowledge, Dr. Hermanson, then decides which Bioidentical Hormones you require for maximum symptom relief. To learn more about the Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs at Evolved Medical, contact Christopher Hermanson, M.D. in Santa Cruz, California today to schedule a free consultation!