The Function of Hormones
When you think about hormones, you may just think that they basically play a part in determining one’s biological sex and producing the anatomy associated with it. While they do play a role in that development, they also serve many other functions. Hormones act as messengers in your body. They tell the brain when something is off and keep your body functioning properly. Some of the roles they have a key part in are digestion, appetite, libido, mood, and metabolism. When your hormones are imbalanced, it can cause quite an impact on your overall health and mood. This imbalance can occur due to aging when your body is starting to mature and go into menopause in the case of women and andropause in the case of men. Luckily, there is a treatment that can help restore that balance. This treatment is known as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
For women and men who suffer from a hormonal imbalance, the side effects can be quite unpleasant. For women, you might experience hot flashes that can also impact your mood and develop nausea. You might also notice that you’re gaining weight easily. Vaginal dryness is also typically common with menopause. For men, you too suffer similarly. You may notice that you’re losing muscle mass, and in its place, you’re gaining weight. Your sex drive may decrease, you may experience difficulties with developing an erection, and your overall energy may flatten.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy works to keep your hormone levels back to what they always used to be. The hormones are derived from plant estrogens that are then manmade to produce those that the body requires to remain balanced. The most popular hormones that people receive are estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone.
Therapy involves you taking your dosage of hormone either through a pill, patch, gel, cream, or an injection. With the introduction of the appropriate hormone into your body, the processes and functions of your body can resume back to the normal levels that they were before.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is also different from traditional forms of hormone replacement because of its source. Bio-identical derives its hormones from plants. This is quite different from traditional hormone replacement which receives its hormones from pregnant horses and the lab. In addition, bio-identical hormones are then tailored to match perfectly the hormone that your body naturally produces.
What are the Benefits?
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is beneficial to those who are suffering from a hormonal imbalance. For women, it can reduce hot flashes, stave off weight gain, and improve your skin and energy levels. Men can also retain their energy levels as well as maintain their muscle mass and keep from gaining weight unexpectedly. It can also keep their sex drive normal to what it had been before and reduce the other symptoms of aging. Essentially, you can defy aging with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
If you would like to learn more about bio-identical hormone therapy, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with The Metabolic Institute! At our convenient location in Spokane, WA, our caring team of professionals will be happy to explain this option in greater depth and help you get back to feeling like yourself. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!