Female Hormone Replacement Therapy
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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Women
Most of the hormone imbalances that occur in women are associated with menopause, but there are also so many instances in which women who are not going through menopause also struggle with some kind of hormonal imbalance too. Some of the side effects of female hormonal imbalances include fatigue, low sex drive, low concentration, weight gain, insomnia, etc. and can have profoundly negative impacts on quality of life.
Dr. Pacheco is an expert at utilizing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help women in the Missoula area, and here on this page we’ll discuss some of the more common types of female hormone deficiencies and how the therapy works.
What are some of the hormone deficiencies that women face?
Thyroid is a hormone that affects just about every cell within the female body because it’s crucial in terms of regulating body temperature and the overall influence of a person’s brain function and metabolism. Thyroid has also been proven to help people in terms of lowering cholesterol.
Women who experience thyroid deficiencies will many times experience the following symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Muscle cramps
- Decreased libido
- Brittle Hair
When you go to Dr. Pacheco, who is known to be a highly qualified thyroid specialist in the Missoula area, you can ultimately change your life dramatically for the better in a multitude of ways.
DHEA is a precursor to a lot of other sex hormones and is secreted by your adrenal glands. When an individual woman has optimized DHEA levels it has been known to produce a lot of positive results, including reduced visceral fat, increased energy and decreased testosterone levels.
This hormone can also be special in that it can be utilized as a very potent anti-cancer supplement. DHEA has also been known to be used as an anti-stress hormone to help negate the effects stress can have on a person’s immune system.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Contrary to popular belief, vitamin D is actually a hormone and not a vitamin. It provides protection against a whole array of serious issues like osteoporosis, cancer, dementia, bone loss and heart disease. Although it is true that the sun can provide a quality source of vitamin D, there are many people who still have deficient levels of the sunshine vitamin with regular sun exposure.
Estrogen is an important female hormone that is secreted by the ovaries and tends to halt overall production at the beginning of menopause. Expert studies have shown that estrogen is a vital hormone to help females protect themselves from serious health problems, including the following:
- Heart disease
- Other memory disorders
Estrogen is also a very important hormone when it comes to protecting the female body from the following:
- Vaginal atrophy
- Sagging skin of the breast
- Urinary incontinence
- Increased fatigue
- Decreased libido
- Wrinkles in the face
Usually when a woman receives estrogen supplementations they will also receive progesterone supplementation as well, just so the results can be maintained.
Progesterone is also a hormone that is secreted by the ovaries and tends to stop once menopause begins. Some of its important purposes are to help the body protect itself from uterine and breast cancer, fibrocystic diseases, osteoporosis and ovarian cysts.
Progesterone helps to promote an overall mental well-being and can be beneficial in treating depression, as well as premenstrual symptoms (PMS) like migraine headaches and mood swings.
Testosterone is a hormone that is usually more closely connected with men, but it’s still produced in women’s ovaries and adrenal glands. Testosterone levels help contribute to the following:
- Muscle mass
- Decreased fat
- Psychological well-being
Melatonin is a hormone that is known for helping people fall asleep, and any type of deficiency in melatonin can have significant effects on an individual’s overall physiological well-being, reproductive activities, sleep regulation and blood pressure maintenance.
Frequent symptoms of melatonin deficiency include:
- Restless sleep
How Bioidentical Hormone Replacement therapy works
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a type of treatment that Dr. Pacheco utilizes to help women overcome all the hormonal deficiencies we’ve listed above. BHRT is effective because it will replenish a patient’s deficient hormones with structurally identical hormones that come from plants.
This is different from traditional hormone replacement therapy, which utilizes synthetic hormones, and it’s been proven to be a much safer and effective alternative.
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