Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Calgary Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy specialist, Jeanette Queen, M.S., N.P., is a hormone replacement practitioner dedicated to educating patients on hormone therapy and discussing whether it is the right choice for you.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Structurally and functionally identical to human hormones, Bioidentical Hormones are a unique alternative to other forms of hormone replacement therapy; their identical nature allows them to be quickly accepted and used in the body. They fit like a lock and key with the body’s cell receptors, whereas non-identical hormones are often only partially recognized by the body, and they often take up cell receptor sites that they should not be attached to. Because Bioidentical Hormones are an exact fit to cells and they mimic the body’s hormones, most patients do not experience unpleasant side effects.
- Customized Dosing
Another positive side to Bioidentical Hormones is that they can be dosed to meet exact and specific needs. Previous forms of hormone replacement often prescribed the same dosage of a particular hormone to different patients with varying degrees of hormone imbalance. For example, a woman with a mild estrogen deficiency going through perimenopause may have received the same hormone dosage as a post-menopausal woman with a much greater deficiency. The excess estrogen would have put the woman with a mild estrogen deficiency at risk for estrogen dominance, and the insufficient dosage for the post-menopausal woman would not have been enough to reduce her symptoms of hormonal imbalance. With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, each person’s unique levels are taken into account so that the exact required amount of a hormone is prescribed.
- Improve Medical Conditions
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can improve numerous conditions related to hormonal decline. While imbalances typically occur with aging, wildly elevated levels of stress and poor lifestyle factors can lead to disproportionate hormone levels. Some of the age-related conditions that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can improve include perimenopause, menopause and andropause. Stress-related conditions that can be improved include Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Autoimmune conditions that can benefit from Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Graves’ disease and fibromyalgia. Restoring hormone balance with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement therapy can reduce many symptoms associated with conditions related to hormonal imbalances.
Symptoms that can be alleviated include:
- Weight gain
- Wrinkling skin
- Thinning bones
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Erectile dysfunction
- Facial flushing
- Intolerance to cold
- Reduced immune function
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment
The adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEA and are essential to the proper functioning of all hormones. Cortisol is one of the main hormones released during stress (physical or emotional). Lots of stress can equal high cortisol levels, and over time, the body may rebel and suppress the release of cortisol, which can lead to low cortisol Cortisol that is too high or too low can affect how well estrogens, testosterone and progesterone work. DHEA is also produced by the adrenal glands, and it’s needed to make other hormones. In men and women, DHEA is used to make testosterone and after menopause, women get most of their estrogens from DHEA.
Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy
Thyroid hormones support metabolism and energy, which is why it is crucial for the thyroid to function optimally. Standard laboratory thyroid tests fail to identify many cases of low thyroid (i.e. many people are called ‘normal’ even though they have many symptoms of low thyroid). Functional medicine practitioners follow the latest research and interpret these tests in along with your symptoms – to make sure your thyroid is working the way it is supposed to work.
Jeanette Queen, M.S., N.P. offers customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs that greatly benefit patients and improve their overall levels of health and wellness.