If you’ve been fatigued, forgetting things, anxious, depressed, or even gaining weight, you may have low thyroid function, low estrogen, low testosterone, or an adrenal imbalance. Health professionals at our Illinois medical clinic have extensive training in hormone replacement therapy to help restore hormone balance and optimize your overall health and well-being.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Your glands secrete special chemicals called hormones, which help your body to function. From brain function to the breakdown of food, hormones control almost all tasks in your body. Bioidentical hormones are human-made and chemically identical to those your body produces. Because these hormones are derived from plant or animal sources and are not synthesized in a lab, they are also often referred to as natural hormones. Common hormones that can be replaced and matched are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
Hormones direct many functions in the body, and so natural hormone therapy can present many benefits, including:
- Increasing your energy and vitality
- Boosting your focus and concentration
- Improving your mood
- Increasing libido
- Improving sleep
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy also supports the treatment of many conditions, including:
- Chronic pain
- Weight gain
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Healthy aging
- Anxiety and depression
- Hot flashes associated with menopause
Hormone Therapy for Men
Many people have the misconception that hormone replacement therapy is just for menopausal women. The reality is that both men and women develop hormone imbalances at various stages of life. If you’re a man, your testosterone levels naturally decrease as you age. Hormone therapy treatment may even help to combat aging. Testosterone replacement may be required for:
- Male sexual development
- Reproductive function
- Building muscle bulk
- Maintaining healthy levels of red blood cells
- Maintaining bone density
Hormone Therapy for Women
Lower levels of estrogen cause menopausal symptoms like as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and vaginal dryness. Hormone therapy has the potential to improve many symptoms commonly associated with menopause and general hormone imbalance. Estrogen replacement therapy replaces female hormones that your body stops producing when you go through menopause. Hormone therapy may even prevent bone loss and reduce fractures in postmenopausal women.
If you are a premenopausal woman with irregular menstrual cycles, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine fibroids, and other hormonal conditions, bioidentical hormones may also help you.
When experiencing issues like sleep disturbances, mood swings, night sweats, and a variety of other symptoms, balancing your hormones can drastically improve your quality of life. No two people are exactly alike. So, when it comes to hormone replacement therapy, don’t go for the “one-size-fits-all” approach, especially when your body is already so sensitive to hormone levels.
Our personalized approach to hormone treatment takes into account that everyone’s hormone levels and body are different. Our doctor will conduct a thorough medical assessment, which includes specific lab tests, to prescribe the most suitable treatment for your unique needs.
If you have been thinking about getting hormone therapy in Charleston, Champaign, Mattoon, Effingham or any nearby city in Illinois, call us today at (217) 345-9600 to schedule.