Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Programs
As a Reno Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor, William Clearfield, D.O. at Clearfield Medical Group has helped numerous men and women in the Washoe County and Reno, Nevada areas to regain hormonal balance. Offering customized programs that address individual needs, many patients have been able to overcome the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, which are often synonymous with the symptoms of aging. Taking a patient-centered approach to wellness, Doctor Clearfield factors in patients’ individual challenges, lifestyles, medical history, and treatment preferences into his Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans. As a result of his dedicated care and attention, wide numbers of men and women have been able to obtain peak levels of health.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Programs For Women
Menopause is the time of life when, due to declining ovarian function, the female sex hormones diminish. The average age for menopause is 51 years old but can happen anytime between age 35 and 55. Smokers, on average, experience menopause at an earlier age. Menopausal symptoms usual begin with subtle changes in the perception of body warmth followed by a sudden break into a cold sweat. Other symptoms include sleep disturbances, dry skin, sexual dysfunction, brain fog, low or absent libido, osteoporosis, headaches, anxiety and depression, weight gain, joint pain, fatigue, muscle weakness, palpitations, urinary incontinence, fibromyalgia, allergies, craving for sweets, irritability, cold extremities, scalp hair loss, swelling around the eyes, and abnormal blood lipids.
While estrogen and progesterone, the main female sex hormones, get the lion’s share of attention when dealing with menopause, other hormones, specifically, the male hormone testosterone, melatonin, growth hormone, DHEA, insulin, and pregnenolone also play a role in regulating and repairing the body’s function. All of the sex hormones, male and female originate with cholesterol. When total cholesterol is consistently below 140, we begin to see a disruption in the sex hormones.
Estrogen and Progesterone’s Role in Menopausal Symptoms
Estrogen has some 400 identified functions in the body including an increase in metabolic rate, improved insulin sensitivity, body temperature regulation, muscle maintenance, improved sleep, reduced rate of cataracts, increased blood flow, decreased incidence of blood clots, decreased accumulation of arterial plaque, and preserving the amount of collagen in the skin. When estrogen declines, these functions may become impaired, leading to unwanted health conditions or symptoms.
A delicate estrogen and progesterone balance exists. Excess estrogen, either from impaired elimination, lack of physical activity, dietary deficiencies, or synthetic estrogens, results in agitated depression, increased risk of uterine and breast cancer, fibroids, headaches, insomnia, breast tenderness, edema, and panic attacks.
Progesterone is an excellent therapy for PMS, and decreasing headaches and bloating associated with menstruation. It is useful for menopausal symptoms, and it is the only treatment for perimenopause. Excess Progesterone results in weight gain, increased cholesterol, fatigue, depression, sugar cravings, bloating, fullness, constipation, urinary incontinence, decreased libido, breast or nipple tenderness, and immune suppression.
Balancing estrogen and progesterone with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can prevent symptoms related to perimenopause or menopause. Doctor Clearfield has helped countless women to overcome the uncomfortable symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Programs For Men
Testosterone is the main male sex hormone, and it is produced in the testicles and adrenal glands. With age, less testosterone is produced, resulting in hypogonadism. An estimated 20% of men over the age of 50 have abnormally low testosterone levels. Testosterone declines with age beginning in the early 30’s, with levels naturally decreasing by 1%/year by age 40. Between age 25 and 75 men experience a 30% decrease in total testosterone and a 50% decrease in free Testosterone.
The restoration of testosterone to optimal levels results in an increased sexual interest and performance, a higher sense of well-being, increased muscle mass, strength, endurance, and exercise tolerance. Memory and cognition are restored, skin turgor improves, belly fat decreases, LDL cholesterol and high blood pressure are reduced, depression is lessened, and heart attacks are much less frequent.
Signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency include low libido, inability to maintain an erection, anxiety, depression, weight gain, decreased fitness levels and effectiveness of workouts, low self esteem, thin drying hair, sagging cheeks, droopy eyelids, thin lips, muscle wasting, memory loss, joint pain, loss of drive, competitive edge, increased brain aging, cardiovascular aging, persistent fatigue, irritable, nervous and hesitant, increased fat in the hips, abdomen, and breasts, and anemia.
This progressive decline of free testosterone results in “male menopause,” or andropause. Andropause contributes to diabetes, metabolic syndrome, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, frailty syndrome, osteoporosis, and chronic inflammation. Natural testosterone lowers total cholesterol and raises HDL, while synthetic testosterone does the opposite.
When considering treatment options, Doctor Clearfield strives for a balance of all hormones including estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, insulin, cortisol, thyroid, Vitamin D, and testosterone. Adequate sleep is vital to one’s wellbeing, as well as stress reduction, strength and cardiovascular training, and identifying toxin exposures and inflammation.
What To Expect With A Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Program
Hormones do not exist or function in isolation, and Doctor Clearfield’s goal is for his patients to optimize all of their hormone levels. Restoration of hormones is not isolated to testosterone for men and estrogen and progesterone for women. Doctor Clearfield measures and monitors all of the body’s hormones in order to retain optimal health.
As a Reno Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor, William Clearfield, D.O. at Clearfield Medical Group is happy to provide patients with detailed information, answer all questions, and discuss any concerns. He will listen carefully to the patients’ description of their symptoms, and he will then perform testing on hormone levels to determine imbalances. Upon finding imbalances, Doctor Clearfield will provide patients with a personalized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program that is designed to meet individual needs. Countless patients in Doctor Clearfield’s care have been able to use Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to regain their health and improve their levels of wellness.