Throughout one's life, your body experiences many physical changes, one of them being your hormone levels. Hormonal changes can be caused by stress, genetics, environmental factors and age. The most common reasons patients seek out hormone therapy are for Menopause, Perimenopause, Andropause, Thyroid Disorders and Adrenal Fatigue.
Symptoms of hormonal deficiencies can range from person to person. Often patients experience:
- Fatigue/Lack of Motivation
- Brain Fog
- Reduced Stress Tolerance
- Muscle/Joint Pain
- Hot Flashes
- Mood Swings, Anxiety, Depression
- Breast Tenderness
- Weight Gain
- Hair Loss/Thinning
- Decreased Muscle Mass
- Thinning/Drying of the Skin/Hair
Hormonal problems can contribute to more severe issues such as increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. Patients who are dealing with hormonal issues may be prescribed anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medicines if a doctor does not recognize the hormone imbalance as the underlying factor. The physicians at SCNM are trained to recognize these signs and will work with each patient on a case by case basis to provide thyroid optimization, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and adrenal support.
There are many treatment options for optimizing hormones, determined by the patient’s preference, and the severity of their symptoms. Physicians will often use botanical medicines, homeopathy, lifestyle change, or bio-Identical Hormone Therapy. Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy is extremely safe and effective when appropriately prescribed, carrying no increased risk of clot/stroke, unlike conventional HRT which includes conjugated estrogens and progestins.