Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Orange County, California Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, Sean Breen, D.O. offers customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs to men and women. When considering Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy there are two concepts that you need to understand. The first is that we once thought our hormones decline because we age. To the contrary, we now understand that we age because our hormone levels decline. The second concept is differentiating what is normal versus what is optimal, and 99% of doctors in the United States are treating patients based on what their lab values are for their age. What they are failing to understand is that normal for age is not optimal.
For example, a woman that is 65 years old may have an estrogen level of zero, which is in the normal range for her age. However, this is obviously not normal, and she is losing all the beneﬁts of having optimal estrogen levels. A 60 year-old man may have a free testosterone level of 8, which is normal for his age, but it is not at 30-40, which is what he had when he was in his 20′s. We can now test hormone levels and replenish them using Bioidentical Hormones to the 20-30 year old level indefinitely. This paradigm shift is literally giving patients their health and vitality back.
A decline in hormone production is a natural part of aging in both men and women. Although it typically starts in the 30’s, most people don’t feel the full effects of declining hormones until they are closer to middle age. For men, the first indication is often problems with sexual performance and feeling like they have no ambition. Women, who are typically more in-tune with their bodies due to the monthly menstrual cycle, may complain of mood swings, weight gain, and a lowered sex drive.
Symptoms of hormone imbalance in both men and women:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Anxiety, depression, and irritability
- Low libido
- Memory lapses and trouble concentrating
- Weight gain
- Insomnia and sleep apnea
Because hormones affect so many functions of the human body, it may take you a while to realize that many of the uncomfortable symptoms you are experiencing are related. For example, you may receive individual prescriptions for frequent headaches or insomnia only to continue to struggle in other areas. This is because most traditional doctors treat symptoms without exploring the root cause. You become increasingly frustrated and discouraged as your doctor keeps missing the connection between your symptoms and hormone imbalance.
Some doctors may suggest synthetic hormone replacement therapy after other treatments fail to bring relief. Unfortunately, this may make your problems worse. Synthetic hormones are associated with several serious health conditions, including endometrial cancers, blood clots, heart attack, abnormal liver function, and pancreatitis. Additionally, they generally take longer for the body to accept and process. While the above complications are uncommon, many people do experience common side effects like nausea and muscle cramping. These can be bothersome enough for them to stop taking the synthetic hormones or prescription pills their doctors have given them.
How Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is Different
The first major difference between Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and synthetic hormones is that Bioidentical Hormones are created from natural plant based extracts. The natural hormones in these plants remain unchanged during the compounding process because they are nearly identical to the natural hormonal structure that exists in the human body. For most people on Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, the similar cellular structure means that the compound is metabolized in the body faster and easier. With their hormones in balance, men and women in the 30’s, 40’s, and beyond are able to enjoy renewed energy, better health, and a more positive outlook on life.
Due to the natural interactions of Bioidentical Hormones and the body, patients are able to experience prolonged symptom relief without the risk of further complications or any undesirable side effects.