“Her hormones were raging” or “blame it on my hormones,” are common phrases that you have most likely heard throughout the years. However, the truth is that hormones do affect our mood, alertness, sleep, body temperature, and many other functions. With age, we are more and more likely to encounter the adverse effects that low testosterone, estrogen fluctuations, and progesterone deficiencies can have on the body. When natural hormone levels begin to waver, a variation of symptoms and conditions can arise such as menopause, adrenal fatigue, andropause, and even thyroid disorders.
If you or a loved one may be experiencing any of these unpleasant situations, you’re in the right place. Dr. Jeffrey Donohue, a hormone expert and Medical Director at Total Health and Rejuvenation of Birmingham, will determine the underlying cause of your hormonal imbalance and recommend integrative therapies targeted at correcting health issues at the source through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Hormones are a regulatory element formed within an organism and transported throughout the body by tissue fluids, much like blood. Envision hormones as “ little chemical messengers” that travel through your system to stimulate certain tissues or organs to perform an individual action.
Conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) integrates synthetic hormones into hormone treatment regimens. Yet, synthetic hormones can come with a risky price tag. These hormones are artificial and chemically-based. Conventional HRT is a one-size-fits-all program and previously has been linked to the advancement of breast cancer and heart disease.
However, when looking at the glass half full, alternative treatments are available such as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). BHRT is the answer for restoring natural hormone levels to their optimal function once again. Sourced from natural plant and yam extracts, bioidentical hormones are compounded to be molecularly identical to the hormone structure produced within the human body. Bioidentical hormones are custom-created for every individual patient to meet their unique needs, and they pose no known health risks. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to alleviate symptoms such as:
Low testosterone in men is a familiar hormone imbalance and one that is very common for men to experience throughout their lifetime. Symptoms of low testosterone in men can present themselves in many different ways such as a decreased libido, diminished energy levels, and the inability to effectively manage weight. This phase of life is known to men as andropause – also commonly referred as the “male menopause.” Nevertheless, because these levels fluctuate, low testosterone levels in men can easily be adjusted by optimizing natural hormone levels with a comprehensive treatment plan incorporating bioidentical hormones.
Female hormones are a delicate balance, and women can face many hormonal fluctuations throughout their lifespan ranging from menstruation and pregnancy to perimenopause and menopause. Every one of these phases can affect hormone balance differently. As young as age 30, women can begin to monitor their hormones to determine a healthy baseline read and establish hormone harmony. Distressing thyroid symptoms in women can appear as the female matures, as well as symptoms related to high testosterone in women, and sometimes even low testosterone in women! These annoying and unrelenting symptoms can present themselves in the form of fatigue, forgetfulness, hot flashes, night sweats, and even a poor libido. A natural hormone treatment can help to maintain balance with the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
The first step in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy begins with comprehensive hormone testing involving of blood and urine testing to assess sex hormone production, critical biomarkers and other hormone levels such as insulin. This innovative testing allows the physician to hone in on specific conditions and symptoms, to then formulate a healing hormone treatment plan that is custom-crafted for your precise needs. At Total Health and Rejuvenation of Birmingham, Dr. Donohue will utilize these results, along with a detailed personal medical history report, present symptoms, and current lifestyle behaviors to review during a one-on-one, in-depth consultation to find the root cause of each patient’s health concerns.
At Total Health and Rejuvenation of Birmingham, Dr. Donohue administers hormones in several ways – via creams, oral pills, injections, or pellets. These hormones provide many anti-aging advantages to the body leading to repaired cells and tissue function. When natural hormone levels are restored, many health benefits are noted such as:
Don’t let another day slip by living in a shell of your former self. Experience true balance and vitality! Contact Dr. Jeffrey Donohue at Total Health and Rejuvenation of Birmingham today to begin your journey toward peak health.
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