Finding Wellness With Traditional and Bioidentical Hormones
Your journey to wellness is uniquely yours, which is why at Honu Women’s Health, we never apply a one-size-fits-all approach to our delivery of care. Part of this personalized care involves thinking strategically about optimizing your health in the most meaningful ways possible. Hormones work to coordinate complex bodily processes like growth, metabolism and fertility. They can even influence the function of the immune system and alter your behavior. For women experiencing issues with their menstrual cycle, bone density, hair, skin, weight, sexual function or mood, hormone therapy could be life-changing. Therefore, balancing hormones is one of the most worthwhile ways we can help you feel better, look better and live better.
How Hormone Therapy Works
Hormone therapy is a prescription medication that contains female (eg estrogen and progesterone) or general (eg thyroid and melatonin) hormones to replace the ones that your body lacks. A simple blood test will reveal the levels of your hormones and provide our board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Aya Sultan, a glimpse into why you may be experiencing certain health issues.
For menopausal women, hormone therapy replaces the hormones that are no longer being naturally produced by the body, thereby alleviating unpleasant side effects such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and night sweats. Women of any age can also benefit from hormone therapy, as it can support fertility, weight loss, the menstrual cycle and more. Anyone can experience hormone imbalances, which can be caused by stress, a diet high in sugars and carbohydrates, a lack of exercise, illness or other underlying conditions. When hormones become balanced with hormone therapy, related health issues can improve or, in some cases, disappear altogether.
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Safety of Traditional and Bioidentical Hormones
After an examination where Dr. Sultan will ask questions about your current health issues, review your medical record and analyze your list of current prescription medications, she will be able to make expert recommendations on how hormone therapy could be beneficial to you. In addition to her medical degree, she also holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, providing her with additional insight into how medications and hormones intermingle and create potential side effects.
Depending on your unique situation, you may be prescribed either traditional hormones or bioidentical hormones. Traditional hormones are a mix of different types of the same hormone, whether or not they are similar to what our body produces. Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are identical chemically to those our bodies produce naturally. The risks and benefits of each type of hormone therapy will be discussed by Dr. Sultan so the best fit can be determined for your body and in line with your preferences. In general, hormone therapy is regarded as safe and may also reduce your risk for diabetes, bone loss and cataracts. There is even evidence that it can help improve hair texture, skin hydration, thickness, elasticity and improve wrinkles.
Hormones play a major role in your body’s daily functioning, so it is essential that any hormone therapy is conducted under the guidance of a physician. Dr. Sultan will regularly monitor how your traditional or bioidentical hormone prescription is affecting your body and may tweak your dosage depending on your body’s response to the additional hormones.
Best Candidates for Hormone Therapy
Women experiencing uncomfortable side effects of menopause are excellent candidates for hormone therapy. Hormone therapy is also worthwhile for women experiencing issues with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), low libido, infertility or irregular periods. If you have difficulty losing weight, struggle with acne, have difficulty sleeping or experience other unexplainable health issues, you could also be a good candidate for hormone therapy.
Improve Total Body Health With Hormone Therapy
Hormone imbalances are often overlooked as the cause of a variety of health issues. Your entire body takes cues from hormones, which means your total body health and wellness can be improved with hormone therapy. Hormone therapy is often a first step in treating health issues before attempting more aggressive or invasive treatments, as it is relatively low-risk and can result in dramatic health improvements.
Whether you are navigating through menopause, trying to conceive or simply looking to improve your vitality, becoming a patient of Honu Women’s Health can be the next step in your journey to wellness. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.