Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Minneapolis Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Kimberly Haycraft, M.D. knows that everyone feels better, looks better and performs better when their hormones are in balance. With natural bioidentical hormones, both women and men can find relief from symptoms of hormone imbalance without the risks that come with synthetic hormones. Dr. Haycraft has seen the improvements her patients have made and offer customized hormone treatments in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.
When imbalances occur, you may experience a wide variety of symptoms. Your symptoms can depend on which hormone(s) are out of balance.
Bioidentical hormones are derived from naturally occurring sources instead of synthetic chemicals. They are designed to exactly replicate the same chemical structure as hormones that are naturally produced in our bodies.
Bioidentical hormones can help treat the following conditions and symptoms:
Menopause results in the decline of ovarian function in women. This reduces the body’s reserves of progesterone and estrogen, which are both essential for many areas of mental, sexual and physical health. Some of the common symptoms women experience during menopause include mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, depression, night sweats, sexual dysfunction, anxiety and joint and muscle pain.
After men turn thirty, testosterone levels begin to decline naturally at about 1% per year. In men, this hormone imbalance often has the biggest impact on testosterone and cortisol. With hormone levels out of range, men experience a reduction in libido, reduced muscle tone, night sweats, gynecomastia (male breasts), urinary problems, weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, hair loss, sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction.
Your thyroid controls many of your body’s functions. A low thyroid level, which is common in people over the age of 40, can cause weight gain, brittle hair and dull skin. Therefore, everyone over the age of 40 should be screened for thyroid hormone deficiency.
Elevated Adrenal (Cortisol) Levels
One of the body’s stress responses is to elevate cortisol levels, which is produced by the adrenal glands. Elevated cortisol can lead to binge eating, intense cravings and the inability to lose weight.
Testosterone deficiency is usually associated with male hormones; however, women can be testosterone deficient too. Testosterone deficiency can result in low libido, weight gain, decreased energy, depression and memory troubles.
Progesterone is a steroid hormone that needs to be in balance with estrogen for optimal health. When progesterone is deficient, women can experience difficulty losing weight, erratic monthly cycles, depression and anxiety.
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
Chronically high stress levels often result in Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, which leads to symptoms that include salty food cravings, feeling burned out, mental and physical fatigue, difficulty getting out of bed, lack of motivation, insomnia and headaches. Restoring adrenal hormone levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can allow men and women to resolve the symptoms associated with Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.
Insufficient production of thyroid hormone often leads to hypothyroidism, which brings on symptoms that include intolerance to cold, depression, fatigue, thinning hair, irregular periods, goiter, constipation and weight gain. Restoring thyroid hormone levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce the consequences of hypothyroidism.
Superabundant amounts of thyroid hormone excretion lead to hyperthyroidism, which causes symptoms such as increased heart rate, weight loss, panic attacks, nervousness, anxiety, increased bowel movements and bulging eyes. Correcting thyroid hormone imbalances with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reverse the effects of hyperthyroidism.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Mimicking several symptoms of the flu, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome often brings on symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes, a chronic sore throat, body aches, joint pain with no swelling, headaches, insomnia and exhaustion that lasts more than twenty-four hours. Numerous hormones are involved in regulating and strengthening the immune system. Balancing these hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can resolve or eliminate many symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disorder that most commonly occurs in women over the age of fifty. This illness causes symptoms that include mental fogginess, tender points, body aches, fatigue, alternating constipation with diarrhea, bladder disturbances and joint pain. Certain hormones work to reduce pain sensitivity in the body, and when they are deficient, increased pain or inflammation may occur. Balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Alternating constipation and diarrhea are not issues that solely depend on the gut; valuable hormones, such as thyroid hormone, cortisol, and insulin play a role in digestion before food enters the gut. They also regulate the nervous system, which gives the gut orders to stop or induce intestinal contractions that move food through them. Reducing stress and balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to improve digestive and bowel function.
Degenerating hormone levels that plague women during menopause or perimenopause are often to blame for vaginal dryness, inability to climax and low libido. In men, low libido and erectile dysfunction are common consequences of hormonal deficiencies or imbalances experienced during andropause. Rectifying hormone levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help men and women to restore sexual function and a healthy libido.