In general, hormone therapy for women is controversial due to associated risks including blood clots, stroke, breast cancer, however it still has an important role in treating women and who have symptoms, but it shouldn't be used to prevent disease. It's best to take the lowest possible dose for the shortest amount of time. For symptom relief, Hormone therapy is also beneficial for bone health and may reduce heart disease. But it's not right for everyone. According to The Endocrine Society the risk level depends on many factors including age, history and the number of years since menopause began. Hormone replacement is not routine in our clinic and we prefer to use anti-aging measures and make some lifestyle changes to help prevent heart disease and other aging-related issues. For men the same rule applies, we do not recommend testosterone replacement routinely. We only treat men who have symptoms, when clinically indicated. Hormone replacement is a decision that will be taken after a thorough medical evaluation. We usually start with very low doses for short periods of time.Anti- aging measures, Life style modification, and supplements and vitamin replacement may enhance the quality of life and empower your aging process so you will age gracefully.
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Bioidentical Hormones and Menopause
Many symptoms can occur in any woman before, during or after the menopause transition, including heavy or irregular bleeding , severe migraines, cyclic depression and mood changes , hot flashes and night sweats. Typically, doctors treat these symptoms by controlling the periods with birth control pills or synthetic hormone replacement pills. Modern studies have shown that use of these synthetic hormones increases the risk of breast cancer and blood clots that can lead to death. (Sources: Women’s Health Initiative Study, National Cancer Institute). Sometimes antidepressants are added to treat the mood symptoms. Other side effects include headaches, nausea, skin changes, sexual problems, and weight gain!Typically the dosages of the synthetic hormones given are more potent than the body’s normal natural production at that age and serve to suppress the body’s natural hormone output.At Forever 25 Medical Center, our approach is to accurately test the key hormone levels in your saliva. By replacing the deficient hormones, with bioidentical hormones, natural balance is restored. This often results in resolution of symptoms without side effects. Levels can be rechecked to ensure balance is maintained.Menopausal symptoms should never be written off as “normal aging”. With the right testing, we can find the specific cause and customize the therapy to each individual person.