What is Hormonal Imbalance?
Hormonal imbalance occurs when either too much or too little of any given hormone is present in the body. Hormones help regulate the functions of the body and work harmoniously to keep the body in an optimal state of health. For women, it is an imbalance in one or more of the three primary sex hormones – estrogen, testosterone and progesterone – that causes them to seek relief from symptoms with hormone replacement therapy.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance:
- Foggy Thinking/Memory Loss
- Thinning Hair
- Night Sweats or Hot Flushes/Flashes
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Increased Skin Aging – Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Restore balance and harmony to your hormones and your life at The Skin Center Medical Spa. The solution is simple and the treatment is effective. Start feeling like yourself again with hormone replacement therapy.
At The Skin Center, we treat hormonal aging with a holistic approach by creating a total wellness treatment plan beyond just hormone creams.
Your concierge treatment plan includes:
- An initial consultation to determine if you are a candidate for Hormone Replacement Therapy.
- Development of a customized hormone replacement treatment plan.
- Ongoing testing of your hormone levels to assess how your body is responding to treatment.
- Ongoing management including hormone wellness and prevention planning (diet, exercise and micronutrient supplementation can be added).
How Do I Know if I Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
If you are a woman between the ages of 35 and 55, chances are your hormones are changing. Most women know they are experiencing a hormonal imbalance through unwanted changes in the body. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance include restless sleep, irritability, memory loss, thinning hair, hot flashes, night sweats and irregular periods. You do not need to experience all of these symptoms to benefit from hormone replacement therapy. Many women seek treatment with the onset of even just a few of these symptoms.
How Long Does it Take for the Hormones to Take Effect?
This really depends on how quickly your body responds to the treatment and the severity of your hormonal imbalance. Typically, most women report that they notice the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause beginning to fade within the first few weeks on the BHRT program. As your hormone levels are restored to optimal levels you will begin to feel more alert, energetic and refreshed.
How Long Do I Need to Stay on Bioidentical Hormone Replacement?
You will stay on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for as long as you would like to manage the symptoms of menopause or perimenopause. Unfortunately, if you discontinue your treatment program your hormone levels will gradually return to where they were prior to treatment and your symptoms will return. As you age, your hormone levels continue to change—that is why we approach hormonal aging with a comprehensive concierge treatment plan and continue to monitor your hormone levels.
What is the Difference Between Hormone Therapy (HT) and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
Conventional hormone therapy (HT), hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) all have essentially the same meaning; to supplement hormone production in the body. The main difference is not in the definition but in the treatment plan and the hormones being prescribed. Conventional hormone therapy (HT) is commonly associated with the prescribed hormone replacement drugs Premarin® and Prempro®. These hormones are derived from the urine of pregnant mares and are often referred to as “synthetic” hormones. Hormone replacement with Premarin and Prempro received negative publicity when the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) inferred from the findings of the study that continued use of these drugs posed an increased risk of developing a number of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia among certain members of the study’s population. As a result the FDA has required that all FDA-approved estrogens and progestogens, including Premarin and Prempro, carry a black box warning. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses compounded hormones that have the same chemical structure as the hormones found in your body – making them biologically identical. Some people use the term “natural hormone replacement” when referring to bioidentical hormones because molecular structure of the hormone is identical to what exists in your body. At The Skin Center, we prescribe bioidentical hormones as part of your treatment plan. Hormone Replacement Therapy is a generic term used to describe both hormone therapy and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Safe?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is generally regarded as safe as long as you are in good health. When the hormones are replaced in the proper dosage and based on your individual needs, hormone replacement therapy can significantly improve your overall health and well-being with minimal risk of side effects. At The Skin Center, you will be prescribed customized, compounded hormone replacement creams based on your individual hormone levels. Your hormone levels and compounded, bioidentical hormone replacement creams will be monitored and managed by our experts.
Does Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Increase the Risk of Cancer?
The concern with hormone therapy causing cancer stems primarily from the information gathered during Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study. Researchers noted an increase of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, stroke and osteoporosis (to name a few) among some of the study participants who were prescribed synthetic hormones such as Prempro. It is inconclusive whether this type of synthetic hormone therapy caused these diseases. However since this study, many physicians have stopped prescribing synthetic hormones for long periods and find them most beneficial when used for shorter periods of time to treat specific conditions. At The Skin Center, we do not prescribe synthetic hormones and we do not approach hormone replacement therapy as a one-size-fits-all program. We prescribe customized, compounded bioidentical hormones to replenish only the hormones you need – based on your individual test results. We will continue to monitor your hormone levels and adjust your dosage accordingly. Most women who are on bioidentical hormone replacement report feeling more engaged, alert and energetic and we often hear, “Thank you, I finally feel like myself again!”