Hormone Replacement Therapy in San Antonio
About Hormone Therapy
As we grow older, our youthful hormone levels diminish which is a major part of the aging process. Unlike synthetic hormones, topical bio-identical hormone replacement therapy allows for effective replacement of natural hormones while reducing the incidence of cancer, heart disease, bone loss, diabetes, diminished brain function, and loss of libido.
Our program provides all services and medications for one annual fee. All fees may be reimbursed by your HSA or insurance carrier. We provide the paperwork needed to file your claims.
Benefits Of Natural Hormone Therapy
- reduce the symptoms brought on by menopause and andropause
- better sleep
- increased libido and sexual performance
- facilitation of weight loss
- improved memory and mental function
- increased lean muscle mass and decreased body fat
- higher energy level with greater stamina
- increased skin elasticity and fewer wrinkles
- decreased effects of osteoporosis
Symptoms Of Menopause And Andropause
Menopause and Estrogen Replacement
Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility, defined as occurring 12 months after a woman’s last menstrual cycle. Menopause is a natural biological process. The physical and emotional symptoms of menopause often range in severity, most of which can be successfully treated. Hormonal changes cause the physical symptoms of menopause, however women may often experience emotional symptoms also. Menopause doesn’t mean our quality of life has ended — we still have almost half of our life to live. Menopause does not have to affect our femininity or sexuality. Many women may find it liberating to stop worrying about periods. Even though menopause is not considered an illness, we encourage women to research bio-identical hormone replacement options for any symptoms of menopause.
Today treatment options range from lifestyle adjustments to hormone replacement therapy. Technically, you don’t become menopausal until one year from your final menstrual period. In the United States, this occurs on average at by age 51. The signs and symptoms of menopause, often appear before the one-year anniversary of your final period. The signs and symptoms of menopause are usually enough to for most women to determine they have begun going through the menopausal transition. We encourage women to have a simple blood test done which will check levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estrogen (estradiol). As menopause occurs, FSH levels increase and estradiol levels decrease. Your practitioner may also recommend a blood test to determine your level of thyroid-stimulating hormone, because hypothyroidism can cause symptoms similar to those of menopause. Menopause itself requires no medical treatment. Instead, treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms and on preventing or lessening chronic conditions that may occur with aging. Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone replacement therapy remains the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal symptoms. Depending on lab results and personal and family medical history, a bio identical hormone replacement practitioner may be the expert for managing your menopausal symptoms.
Estrogen is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands. There are three types of estrogen found in a female’s body, estrone, estradiol and estriol. The levels of all of these hormones fall dramatically at the onset of menopause. Symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, bladder problems, difficulty concentrating and anxiety. With time, many of these symptoms may diminish. Unfortunately, disease processes such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s increase in the absence of estrogen. The rapid bone loss after menopause has been attributed to the decline in the production of estrogen, which is essential for bone growth. In addition the loss of estrogen results in the development of heart disease, which is the number one killer of both men and women. Postmenopausal women on estrogen have a 70% decrease in mortality from heart disease. Estrogen has also been shown to lower total blood cholesterol and raises HDL, the good cholesterol. Not only does estrogen protect vessels of the heart, it also protects vessels of the brain and may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Estrogen can protect women against many of the diseases of aging. Post menopausal women on estrogen typically feel better and stay healthier.
Unfortunately, most of the estrogen prescribed today is still in the form of a synthetic estrogen. Synthetic estrogen is not natural to the human body. The healthy trend these days is to avoid the synthetic estrogens and prescribe natural bio-identical estrogen. Human receptor sites were designed to accept natural estrogen and not a synthetic. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine proved by meta analysis that long term use of synthetic estrogen increases the formation of breast cancer. In recent research trials, it has been shown that natural estrogen, when taken in conjunction with natural progesterone, protects against breast cancer similar to the way it protects against uterine cancer.
Menopause (female) symptoms:
hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, mood swings, depressed mood, fatigue, low libido, low energy, memory loss, insomnia, weight gain
What Is Low Testosterone/Low T?
Low testosterone occurs when a man doesn’t produce enough of his own Testosterone. As many as 13 million men in the United States may have low testosterone and only 5-10% of these men will seek treatment. Symptoms in men may begin as early as the 30s and 40s, and most often, by their fifties. The good news is there are treatment options available for Low T.
Testosterone is an important male hormone. It is the hormone responsible for the development of male characteristics during puberty. It is also essential for maintaining healthy sexual function, energy, mood, and body composition. Testosterone assists the male body in building protein and is crucial for normal sexual drive, physical stamina, and producing erections. Testosterone also contributes to several metabolic functions including bone formation, liver function, prostate gland growth and production of blood cells in bone marrow. Testosterone levels vary by age. If your levels are below 300 ng/dL, your physician may diagnosis low testosterone. While only a blood test can determine your testosterone level, men should always consult their physician if they are experiencing symptoms.
The signs and symptoms of Low T may be difficult to distinguish from the changes that occur with normal aging, or those caused by other medical conditions. Often times the symptoms of low testosterone are subtle and very similar to those caused by other medical conditions. This may complicate diagnosing low testosterone. Symptoms are usually explained as “getting older”, when in reality, the real medical problem may be low testosterone.
Low testosterone may occur with other common medical conditions. If you have any of the following medical conditions, it is important to have your testosterone levels checked:
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Long term use of pain opioid medications
Andropause (male) symptoms:
loss of energy, increase in body fat, reduced muscle mass, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, stress, insomnia, depressed mood