About Hormones and Health
Hormonal balance is the key to happiness and healthy living. While most of think of estrogen and testosterone when we hear the word “hormone”, there are actually numerous hormones that our bodies require to function well. Cortisol and thyroid, just to name a few, are hormones which are critical to our wellbeing. All of our hormones interact with each other and create what we like to call the hormonal symphony. Any imbalance in one can have a ripple effect on all the others. There are three main factors that can set off an imbalance in the hormonal symphony: aging, nutrition and environmental toxins. As we age, our nutrition as well as the aging process greatly affects our body’s ability to maintain healthy hormone production and balance. Poor nutrition and aging lower our ability to fight off the stresses of everyday toxins in the environment. So while it’s great that we are living longer, the bad news is we are exposed to more and more toxins every day. It is the combination of these factors that can lead to hormonal imbalance and symptoms like fatigue, memory loss, weight gain, insomnia, and numerous aches and pains.
So how can we battle this spiraling effect? Here’s the good news: thanks to advances in medical research we can now evaluate our health in a way we couldn’t ten years ago. And remember there is more to hormone balance than just checking estrogen and testosterone levels. Our bodies require the right combination of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to maintain that beautiful hormonal symphony needed for health and happiness. We are all different however so no there’s no single plan that will work for all of us. With a personalized approach, Dr. Sohayda and her staff will provide you with the tools you need to look and feel and your best.
What are the benefits of bioidentical hormonal therapy?
In studies, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellets have been shown to be superior for the relief of menopausal symptoms, improvement in bone density, sleep patterns, mental clarity, sex drive, and maintenance of lean body mass.
Why do we need hormones?
Good hormonal balance helps us feel our best. With time, our hormone levels decrease which affects us in many ways. This change occurs in both women and men. By rebalancing our hormones to healthy levels, we are able to minimize the symptoms that occur with aging such as mood swings, fatigue, low sex drive, and memory loss.
How are the hormone levels evaluated?
Testing of several hormones which may include FSH, estradiol and testosterone will be drawn prior to starting therapy. PSA levels are monitored in men. Other labs such as blood cell counts, glucose, electrolytes, and thyroid hormone levels are commonly evaluated also to determine if you are a candidate for testosterone therapy. Salivary and/or blood hormonal testing can be utilized to assess baseline hormone levels. The specific type of follow up testing, salivary or blood, is dependent on the type of hormone therapy prescribed.
What types of hormone therapy are available?
Topical, oral and pellet therapy are available. Dr. Sohayda will discuss these options with your during your initial health and wellness consult.
How soon after initiating treatment are the effects of the hormones noticeable?
Typically the effects of the hormone therapy are noticed within 2 to 4 weeks. Diet, exercise and stress will affect the results of pellet therapy.
How often will I need follow-up?
Follow lab work is needed 6 to 8 weeks after initiating therapy or changing the dose of any hormone. You will see Dr. Sohayda at least twice a year for a check up.