Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
What Are Hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers responsible for influencing numerous functions in your body. The organs that produce your hormones are together known as the endocrine system. The endocrine system includes the pancreas, thyroid, ovaries and testicles. Common endocrine hormones include thyroid hormone, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Your body’s hormones are vital to your health and vitality. If even a small part of your endocrine system is not working properly, your body cannot perform as well. Optimal function requires hormones that work together. This requires the careful coordination of the manufacture, release, and reception of hormones. If the hormones in your body become imbalanced for any reason, the result can be health problems.
Examples of the important biological functions regulated by hormones include:
Cellular function, Development, Growth, Memory, Mood and mental state, Metabolic rate, which can affect your ability to gain or lose weight, Reproduction
Sexual performance and function, and Thinking.
Why Do Hormonal Imbalances Occur?
While there are common hormone ranges that all people commonly have, hormone levels naturally vary from person to person for a variety of reasons. Sometimes these factors are beyond a person’s control, such as aging or heredity. Others are due to lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise. When a person goes through puberty, he or she produces a larger amount of sex hormones, which slowly tapers down as a person progresses through early adulthood. Examples of sex hormones include estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. These hormones require a balance to work properly. For example, men who have excess amounts of testosterone and too little estrogen can have issues with immune system response and elevated risk of certain types of cancer. The same is true for women with excess testosterone. They can experience obesity, acne, irregular periods, and also difficulty conceiving. Age-related hormone decline and imbalance is very common. Beginning in your mid-30s, your body may begin to produce varying levels of hormones. This can lead to symptoms that can range from subtle to highly noticeable.