Conditions Treated with Bioidentical HRT
Mark Sherfey, M.D. takes the whole person into account when treating hormonal imbalances and conditions related to hormonal deficiencies or dominance. Because hormones control a wide number of functions in the human body, deficiencies or imbalances can be responsible for numerous uncomfortable symptoms. Monterey Tennessee Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor Mark Sherfey, M.D. takes each patient’s symptoms into account when developing a treatment plan, and he uses Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to improve conditions that are rooted in hormonal imbalances.
A few conditions that may be treated successfully with Bioidentical Hormones include:
Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause results in the decline of ovarian function in women. This reduces the body’s reserves of progesterone and estrogen, which are both essential for many areas of mental, sexual, and physical health. Some of the common symptoms women experience during menopause include mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, depression, night sweats, sexual dysfunction, and anxiety. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to supplement the body with progesterone and estrogen, helping to reduce the symptoms of menopause and reducing the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Symptoms of Andropause
After men turn forty, testosterone levels begin to decline naturally. As testosterone declines, men often notice a reduction in libido, reduced muscle tone, weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, hair loss, and erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, men often feel like they have lost their virility, which often results in self-consciousness and anxiety. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may prove helpful for men dealing with androgen imbalances. By supplement testosterone, men can regain libido and improve muscle tone, which offers many mental and quality of life benefits.
Insulin is a hormone that works to balance blood sugar in the body, attaching to cells and helping cells use sugar in the blood for important metabolic processes within the body. Individuals with pre-diabetes or diabetes often suffer from insulin resistance or a lack of insulin secretion. For many diabetics BHRT can be used to supplement the body with insulin to manage and treat this condition.
Premenstrual Syndrome, Hormonal Headaches, and Mood Swings
Throughout the menstrual cycle, estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate, and as hormone levels fluctuate, some women deal with hormonal headaches, mood swings, and other symptoms. In extreme cases, bioidentical hormonal supplements may prove helpful, reducing some of the symptoms that women deal with during hormonal fluctuations.
The adrenal glands secrete hormones that are specifically related to the stress response within the body. If the adrenal glands are not producing sufficient amounts of these hormones, individuals may experience multiple symptoms, such as low blood pressure, nausea, muscle pain, dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may help to alleviate some of the symptoms that occur due to adrenal insufficiency.
The thyroid is responsible for releasing hormones that control the efficiency and speed of the body’s metabolism. Hypothyroidism, which is often referred to as an underactive thyroid, often causes low blood pressure, cold sensitivity, weight gain, and lethargy. Bioidentical Hormones may be used to treat thyroid problems, particularly hypothyroidism, effectively. This treatment may also prove helpful in patients who have been aggressively treated for hyperthyroidism.
Weight Loss Resistance
For many patients who are having a difficult losing weight, estrogen or progesterone imbalances are often the culprit. Balanced hormones are essential for weight loss, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be used to help balance a patient’s hormones, making it easier to achieve a healthy weight.
Sexual dysfunction can occur in both men and women, and issues with sexual function or performance often stem from a decline in hormone production that comes with aging. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to reduce problems with sexual dysfunction in men and women.
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may also prove helpful for patients suffering from fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain. For patients experiencing chronic pain, the pain often results in depression, and depression has the ability to increase the amount of pain experienced by patients. Eliminating hormone imbalances may help to stop this cycle, reducing fatigue, pain, and depression in patients.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is helpful for women who are struggling with menopausal symptoms. We all know there is more to life than feeling tired, overweight, and moody, and we owe it to ourselves to pursue treatment that can not only alleviate the symptoms of aging but can help us to rediscover our zest for life and to wake up each day feeling like our best selves. To find out more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, call Dr. Mark Sherfey, M.D. at his Monterey, Tennessee clinic.