Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Men - We have a built-in biological clock, but today’s toxic environment full of plastics, pollutants and pesticides, coupled with poor nutrition are speeding it up. Even men in their 30s can start feeling “old,” and hormone depletion is often the root of the problem. For example, during the past few decades, average levels of testosterone, the hormone responsible for your “maleness,” have been declining at a substantially faster rate than aging alone can explain. Testosterone is abundant in young healthy men, and when levels drop below this youthful healthy range, it can result in fatigue, weight gain, inability to gain or keep lean muscle, poor libido and sexual satisfaction, loss of endurance, stamina or motivation and/or poor mood or depression. Because the testosterone levels decline over years, the symptoms are often dismissed as part of aging or due to lack of exercise, poor nutrition or excess weight, missing the underlying common denominator.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Women - Are you debilitated at a certain time of the month? Do you eat less and less but keep gaining weight? Does it seem like menopause is arriving ahead of schedule? These are all signs of hormonal imbalance, a growing problem that most doctors are not equipped to solve. Birth control pills are one common trigger, even if it’s been years since you’ve taken them. Environmental pollutants are others, from chemicals in skin care products and plastics to fire retardants in furniture and pesticides in food. And a poor diet intensifies all these effects. Without such triggers, the natural hormonal changes during a woman’s life aren’t likely to cause severe symptoms. But today, it’s virtually impossible to avoid disrupting toxins.
Hormonal imbalances ― no matter what is causing them ― can be corrected with the right type of treatment: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, available by prescription. The word “bioidentical” means that a substance is biologically identical to one made by your body. For example, the molecules that make up bioidentical progesterone are shaped exactly like your own progesterone. In contrast, the progesterone in birth control pills is similar to, but not exactly like your own hormone.