Have you experienced fatigue, weight gain, lack of sex drive, or other symptoms often associated with aging? Are you under the impression that you simply have to live with these symptoms for the rest of your life?
Both men and women can experience these and other symptoms as hormone levels change throughout their lives.
At North Dallas Wellness Center, we take into account your hormone production as a whole to provide you with a tailored treatment plan that works both with and for you. Other hormone deficiencies we investigate include:
- In-depth thyroid testing
- Adrenal fatigue
- DHEA levels
- SHBG levels
- IGF-1 (growth hormone) screening
Do You Have Hormonal Imbalance?
By the time men and women enter their mid-thirties, their hormone levels begin to naturally decline. This may manifest in a decrease in estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and cortisol levels. These changes can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Hair loss
- Difficulty sleeping
- Tiredness and chronic fatigue
- Changes in mood
- Memory loss
- Loss of libido
- Sexual dysfunction
- Feelings of anxiety and depression
- Weight gain
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Bone demineralization
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can relieve these symptoms by carefully monitoring and increasing, when necessary, the level of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and/or DHEA hormones in the body.
What Are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Synthetic hormones have gained a lot of popularity over the past several decades. These synthetic hormones marketed by pharmaceutical companies include Premarin, Prempro, Provera, etc. Although popular, these synthetic hormones are artificial prescriptions, which are made to function similarly, slightly different from the hormones that naturally occur within the body.
However, in many cases, the body interprets synthetic hormones as foreign toxins because it cannot metabolize the chemical makeup of the hormone. The use of synthetic hormones may lead to a variety of unwanted side effects ranging from bloating, mood swings, and water retention to more serious conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
Bio-identical hormones, on the other hand, are manufactured to have the exact same molecular structure as the hormones made by the human body. Because these compounds are natural, they are metabolized along the same metabolic pathways as the hormones naturally produced by our bodies. It is believed that fewer side effects are another benefit of mimicking natural hormone metabolism.
How Does Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?
At North Dallas Wellness Center, we utilize an individualized approach to hormone replacement therapy.
To determine if a patient is a candidate for BHRT, they will undergo a complete evaluation and testing, including lab testing of current hormone levels (commonly called a “hormone panel”). When necessary, a precise dosage of bio-identical estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone will be prescribed. In some cases, treatment in the form of topical cream is optimal.
Dr. Fein will closely and carefully monitor your hormone levels to ensure he provides symptom relief with the lowest-possible dosage of bio-identical hormones. This monitoring may include checking your hormone levels every few months.
In addition to prescribing bio-identical hormones, Dr. David Fein also works with patients to make dietary and lifestyle changes that support an optimal hormonal balance.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy in North Dallas, TX
Don’t let your hormonal imbalance negatively impact your life anymore. If you are interested in including bio-identical hormone replacement therapy as part of your treatment plan, contact North Dallas Wellness Center at (214) 696-3885 for more information. You may also request an appointment with Dr. David Fein online.