Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormones
Hormones have a significant effect in regulating your metabolism — meaning, they affect your energy, vitality, weight control, mood, sleep, and nutrient utilization. Replacement of appropriate hormones supplemented with proper diet and exercise can bring back health and vitality. Compounded hormones can be tailor-made to match individual needs.

Whether you “take it” or you “make it” you have to be able to eliminate it on a daily basis. It is very important to ensure that we are properly detoxifying and eliminating our metabolized hormones.

Menopause
Menopause is when a woman’s menstrual periods stop completely. It signals the end of the ovaries releasing eggs for fertilization. Changes and symptoms include: a change in menstruation (periods may be shorter or longer, lighter or heavier, with more or less time in between); hot flashes and/or night sweats; trouble sleeping; vaginal dryness; mood swings; trouble focusing; and, less commonly, hair loss on the head but increased hair on the face. About 85% of women experiencing menopause will have hot flashes. In women, HRT has been known to reduce the symptoms of menopause, and may protect against osteoporosis.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) uses estrogens to ease the symptoms of menopause. The hormones are available in a variety of forms: pills, vaginal creams, vaginal ring inserts, implants, injections, and patches worn on the skin. Testosterone is one of the androgens or male hormones and is also produced by women. Testosterone contributes to muscle strength, appetite, well-being, and sex drive (libido). The level of testosterone falls rapidly after menopause, and some women take testosterone supplements in addition to estrogen and progestin as part of HRT.

Andropause
“Andropause” is the name given to the stage of life when symptoms of aging appear in men, such as loss of libido and potency, nervousness, fatigue, insomnia, depression, impaired memory, and the inability to concentrate. Other symptoms of andropause include hot flashes, night sweats, infertility, and erectile dysfunction. Men also have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis, or weak, brittle bones, after andropause. Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, may also be used to describe other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse and reproduction, such as lack of sexual desire and problems with ejaculation or orgasm. Lifestyle choices that contribute to heart disease and vascular problems also raise the risk of erectile dysfunction. Smoking, being overweight, eating unhealthy foods, and avoiding exercise are related to an increase in symptoms of ED. Testosterone deficiency can result in a loss of libido and loss of erection.

At Millers, we support a science-based health care approach, which assesses and treats underlying causes of illness through individually tailored therapies. The professionals at Millers will work with your doctor to address these conditions and more. Schedule a Complete Health and Wellness Assessment today and discover the ways our Clinical Staff can help you!