Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Mary Ann Simpson N.P. has used Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to help women overcome the effects of hormonal dominances and imbalances. In women, several hormones must be balanced in order for the body to have optimal levels of functioning, and because hormones are interdependent on one another, when one hormone falls out of balance, it affects all the rest. Mary Ann can help women to determine imbalances, and she offers customized prescriptions that are designed to meet individual and unique needs. Multiple essential hormones must be balanced in order for women to maintain optimal levels of health, and some of the hormones that can be balanced with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, which is one of the only hormones that increase with aging. The adrenal glands release cortisol in response to stress, and it is a steroidal hormone that counteracts internal inflammation caused from a stress response. Over time, the body can begin to convert sex hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone into cortisol in order to meet the body’s demands, which can ultimately lead to a sex hormone deficiency. A lack of cortisol can cause joint pain, lower immune function, weight gain, increased inflammation, allergic reactions, poor sleep, and fatigue.
Estrogen is one of the two primary female sex hormones, and it helps women to maintain brain function and their feminine appearance. Estrogen helps to detoxify the brain, and when it is imbalanced, women can experience a poor memory and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A lack of estrogen can reduce collagen production, which can lead to wrinkling skin, and it can cause the hair and nails to become dull. When estrogen declines, women may experience hot flashes, weight gain, vaginal dryness, reduced cognition, night sweats, sleeping disorders, low libido, and fatigue.
Progesterone is the other primary female sex hormone, and it helps to balance estrogen in order to prevent estrogen dominance. If the progesterone to estrogen ratio is imbalanced, progesterone cannot balance the actions of estrogen, which can increase the risks of breast or uterine cancer, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. Progesterone also helps to govern the menstrual cycle, and a lack of progesterone can cause infertility, increased PMS symptoms, water retention, amenorrhea, bloating, and anovulation.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, but it is important for women’s health. In women, it helps to maintain muscle mass, bone density, energy, libido, and sexual performance. When testosterone becomes deficient women can have reduced libido, feel lethargic, and experience muscle atrophy.
DHEA is a building block for estrogen and testosterone, and without it, women cannot make vital hormones. This hormone is abundant during a person’s 20’s and 30’s; however, by the time a person reaches 60, it is usually in short supply. It also has several metabolic functions in the human body, and a lack of this hormone can increase triglyceride levels, create insulin resistance, increase fat stores, and increase cholesterol.
Thyroid Hormone maintains numerous metabolic functions in the body, and without it, a person cannot metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. Often, thyroid problems can occur during menopause because the ovaries have thyroid receptors, and when estrogen and testosterone become deficient in the body, it can affect the thyroid gland. A lack of thyroid hormone leads to hypothyroidism, which can cause sudden weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, irregular periods, and intolerance to cold. An excessive amount of thyroid production can cause hyperthyroidism, which can lead to unexplained weight loss, tachycardia, moodiness, insomnia, puffy eyes, and constantly feeling hot.
Mary Ann Simpson N.P. has helped countless women to improve their overall health with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Her individualized treatment plans have helped many women to regain balance and feel like themselves again.