Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Boston, Massachusetts Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor, Henri Balaguera, M.D. of Groton Wellness designs personalized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs to men and women suffering from the consequences of hormonal imbalances or decline.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to reduce many of the symptoms that are the result of disproportionate hormone levels. Many of these conditions and their related symptoms can occur at any age and may be due to numerous causes.
Some of these causes can include aging, poor nutritional intake, environmental factors, stress, and a lack of exercise. Dr. Balaguera uses Bioidentical Hormones to improve conditions in men and women, and her specialized programs have helped countless men and women to improve their overall health and wellness levels. If you’ve been diagnosed with one of the following, or if you believe you are experiencing a hormone imbalance or deficiency, Boston Massachusetts Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor, Henri Balaguera, M.D. in the Boston Metro Area can help identify the root cause of your illness and put you back on the path to wellness.
Thyroid disorders are more common in women than men, but men are at risk as well. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid, a gland in the endocrine system that sits at the front of the neck, does not produce enough thyroid hormone for regular function.
An underactive thyroid can exhibit symptoms such as dry skin, fatigue, slow heartrate, swelling of the thyroid and unexplained weight gain.
The opposite of the condition above, hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland produces more thyroid hormone than is needed for healthy function. Hyperthyroidism is also diagnosed more frequently in women than in men.
An overactive thyroid may produce symptoms such as increased appetite, nervousness, anxiety, increased sensitivity to heat, sweating, sudden weight loss and rapid heartbeat.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic medical condition affecting an estimated 5.8 million Americans. Fibromyalgia affects the way that your brain processes pain signals. The result is widespread pain across the body and an overactive pain response to pressure.
Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue, sleep troubles, instable moods and poor memory. A lot is still not understood about fibromyalgia and what causes it, but recent research suggests that fibromyalgia may be linked to deficiencies in estrogen and testosterone.
- Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue is a syndrome that results when the adrenal glands are unable to function at necessary levels. The primary symptom of adrenal fatigue is chronic fatigue and an inability to feel rested even when you get enough sleep. Adrenal fatigue is also often accompanied by an inability to bounce back from stress or illness and cravings for salty and sweet snacks.
Adrenal fatigue is often the result of prolonged stress, whether physical emotional or psychological, and it is also known to arise during or after infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia.
- Low Testosterone
Proper testosterone production is important in both men and women. Testosterone is present in much greater amounts in the bodies of men, but it plays a crucial role in regulating the metabolism, moods and sex drive of women as well.
Low testosterone may be recognized by fatigue, loss of muscle mass, increased weight, depression, low libido and, in men, erectile dysfunction.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition that affects up to 10% of women. Symptoms of PCOS include weight gain, fatigue, unwanted hair growth, infertility, acne, mood changes and sleep problem.
Much is still unknown about this condition, but PCOS does seem to be linked to hormone imbalance. PCOS tends to occur when women have greater-than-usual levels of androgens, the hormones involved in male sexual development. Another indicator of PCOS is when ovulation does not occur regularly.
- Menopause and Perimenopause
When a woman enters menopause, her production of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone declines significantly. At the same time, follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone levels increase. This combination is what produces the common symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, irregular bleeding, low libido and night sweats.
Menopause is preceded by perimenopause, a transitional phase during which hormone levels, especially estrogen and progesterone, become much more erratic and unpredictable.
Often referred to as the male menopause, andropause is a condition that occurs in a man’s mid-life when his testosterone levels have significantly declined. Testosterone declines normally at a rate of about 1% per year in men after 30, meaning that by age 50 it may have declined up to 20%.
The significant loss in testosterone may result in loss of muscle mass, increased weight, low libido, depression and erectile dysfunction.
Hormone Testing in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
At Groton Wellness in Middlesex County, near Boston, Massachusetts, we utilize different diagnostic laboratory methods to evaluate your hormonal levels — blood, saliva, and urine. Each test has its own set of advantages.
- Saliva Testing
Saliva tests are used to detect the levels of sex-hormones produced by the body. This testing is helpful in assessing cyclical production of estrogen and progesterone throughout the month. Also, salivary hormonal levels can be helpful in the initial stages of treatment to determine the need for hormone therapy.
Saliva is beneficial for accurate measurement of cortisol according to the circadian rhythm, which fluctuates throughout the day. Measuring cortisol levels provides a precise assessment of your adrenal health.
- Blood Testing
Blood (serum) testing provides a direct assessment of circulating hormones. Serum testing is the best method to monitor the hormonal levels when a patient is being treated with bioidentical hormones.
Some hormones circulating in the bloodstream, such as the thyroid hormones and insulin, do not enter the saliva because of their large size and need to be tested through serum.
- Urine Testing
A urine test allows the measurement of many estrogen metabolites. These metabolites provide important information about a person’s relative risk for estrogen-related cancer. A current concept in hormone-related cancer prevention is the measurement of the ratio of two estrogen metabolites: 2-hydroxyestrone and 16?-hydroxyestrone. Also, urinary estrogens can be a good monitor of your liver detoxification ability. Elevated urinary estrogens in women may indicate a history of exposure to toxic chemicals that stress their liver.
These hormone tests help to obtain a clear picture of a patient’s hormonal levels, and allows our practitioner to create a personalized wellness program that addresses a patient’s individual needs.
Return To Wellness With Natural Hormone Therapy in Groton, Massachusetts
Natural Hormone Doctor, Henri Balaguera, M.D. has years of experience treating men and women and will review your symptoms and medical history to determine whether natural hormone therapy is a viable option for you. Contact Dr. Balaguera in Middlesex County, Massachusetts to learn more about your treatment options and start feeling better again.