Hormones play a critical role in the way we feel, our mood and emotions, our energy levels and our motivation and drive as well as how our body functions. Hormones are the body's way of sending internal communication to other parts of the body, in order to make something happen in the target area. As we age, our body is changing and it's not uncommon for these hormones to fluctuate (sometimes too little, sometimes too much) wildly, leaving us functioning at a lower level physically and making us wonder why we are feeling so strange, crappy or out of the ordinary.
Most women who are going through hormonal changes will experience or feel one or more of the following common symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Emotional / Irritability
- Foggy / Fuzzy thinking
- Weight gain / Water Retention
- Trouble sleeping
- Headaches or worse migraines that you're used to
- Lowered sex drive / Painful sex
- Increase in UTI's
- Lack of Motivation
- Fatigue / Tiredness / Exhaustion
- Depression / Anxiety
- Breast tenderness
- Trouble concentrating
- PMS getting worse
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness or discomfort during sex.
If you're feeling a few of these, we're here to tell you, you're not alone and more importantly... IT'S NOT YOU! It's your hormones. It’s also not a mental disorder. It’s just your hormones. But boy does it feel crappy. The good news is that we can fix this. It's a relatively easy condition to treat and we have helped thousands of Tampa Bay women feel normal and happy again, and return to the way “they used to feel.”
When Hormones Change, Everything Changes
Usually, when a woman goes through changes in her reproductive cycle, very often fluctuations in hormone levels will occur. The two main female hormones, estrogen and progesterone exist in a delicate balance and when that balance is disturbed, you can experience a range of symptoms and health issues.
The amount of these hormones that the body produces from month to month can vary, depending on factors such as stress, nutrition, exercise, and most importantly - ovulation or the lack of ovulation which accompanies the onset of perimenopause.
If you are in your late 30's and 40's you may be in perimenopause which can cause you to produce estrogen, but less progesterone. This is known as estrogen dominance, and it disturbs the balance with progesterone.
If you are older, you are likely to be in menopause and may have further hormonal imbalances.
Hormone imbalance results in a number of symptoms, among the best known are the ‘menopause symptoms’ such as hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain and low libido.
At LifeWorks we can help you to identify exactly where you are in your female journey through life.
How Do I Test my Hormone Levels?
At our Clearwater natural health clinic, when female patients are presenting with potential hormonal symptoms we recommend some simple tests to verify and evaluate your hormone levels. It's a very simple saliva test that is done throughout the day. The results of this test show a complete picture of hormone levels – three estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and DHEA. Knowing exact hormone levels and ratios then allows us to customize your specific hormonal replacement program.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), also called natural hormone replacement therapy, is the supplemental use of Bioidentical Hormones (estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone) to replace and balance your own hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are exactly the same hormones, molecule per molecule that the body produces, however they come from plant sources. These are considered natural to the body because they are identical biologically to female hormones and so they help you to rebalance hormone levels in a safe and natural way.
How do I take Bioidentical Hormones?
If your hormones are found to be out of balance and you chose to supplement with BHRT, your program will include a prescription with individualized compounded doses of bioidentical hormones rather than the "one dose fits all" approach of conventional hormone replacement therapy. It will be tailored specifically to fit you. The prescription will be filled at a compounding pharmacy in the form of a light cream, which you will apply to your skin every morning – you will be recommended to rotate application sites – inner upper arms, inner thighs and buttocks.
What Can I Expect with BHRT?
While results may vary, many women find they get relief from their symptoms almost immediately. However, it is important to track progress and work closely with your LifeWorks Wellness Center practitioner. After about 6 months, you should return to LifeWorks and have your hormone levels checked once again, to make sure you are moving closer toward your ideal balance.
For the best results, it is recommended that a woman get a baseline hormone level test when she is younger and in peak health. This provides a benchmark and greatly assists in rapidly balancing a patient's hormone levels later in life when symptoms start to occur.
Not all natural solutions for menopause symptoms involve Bioidentical hormones. LifeWorks practitioners are happy to discuss and recommend a number of natural supplements which will help to support the body during all three stages of the menopause years to help you re-gain a pre-menopausal life again.
Hormone Replacement Success Stories
At LifeWorks we have helped thousands of Tampa Bay women re-balance their hormones, safely and naturally, and we can do the same for you.
“Since November, I have gone from a listless (inside and out), emotional, ill-feeling person to a vibrant, energetic, life-loving person. I have gone from sitting and crying all day to tackling the world with enthusiasm. Never did I think my problems were related to hormone issues, until I came to LifeWorks and got educated. I feel better than I have done in about 10 years. You gave me new hope and I am down 19lb, I feel young and when people ask me what I am doing to feel this way I steer people your way and tell them to get ready to feel good! You have an incredible office and I don't know how you do your job every day with people in the shape I was in, but I am sure glad you do! Thank you so much.”*
“Before I came to LifeWorks and had my hormones checked, I was a mess. You name it, I had every menopause symptom going. Doing the test was a very simple procedure, and I was amazed when I saw the results – my hormones were so out of balance, no wonder I felt so bad. The relief I experienced when I started applying the bioidentical hormone cream was fantastic. Within one month my symptoms were cut in half, and now – a year on, they are non-existent. Why suffer?”*
“Thank you LifeWorks for helping me. I am only 32 but have suffered bad PMS for several years. I thought I would just have to live with it – it never occurred I could have a hormone imbalance. What a relief when I started taking bioidentical hormones. No more cramping, tiredness in the afternoon or irritability. I have recommended many girlfriends to your clinic.”*
Feel Like Yourself Again, Starting Today!
Women today are doing more than at any other point in history. Busy moms, job responsibilities, tending a family, taking care of pets, having social time, volunteering, traveling, planning and so on. It never ends. Why suffer through all these responsibilities when it's such an easy fix? You won't believe the difference balancing your hormones can make. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Life is ahead of you and it needs the best version of YOU possible! Let's fix this now and once and for all!
Give us a call at 727-466-6789 and speak with one of our knowledgeable female Patient Coordinators. Or submit an online inquiry.
BHRT is a controversial approach to menopause that, while adopted by many physicians practicing integrative, complementary or alternative medicine, has not been adopted by physicians in conventional settings. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is skeptical that the scientific evidence supports this approach to care. Wyeth, a pharmaceutical company that manufacturers synthetic hormone replacement therapy has petitioned the FDA to limit certain compounds that may be used, which the FDA has granted. Not all compounds remain available, though the primary ingredients with clinical significance remain available. Large population studies of BHRT have not been conducted, and the information available about both the risks and benefits of natural hormone replacement are the result of clinical experience and applied knowledge of biochemistry rather than such studies.
Menopause is the time when periods stops permanently either due to gradual natural processes or abruptly when induced by artificial means (surgery or radiation). Prior to the final menstrual period there is a transitional time, perimenopause, lasting up to eight years. During this time most women begin missing periods and their menstrual cycles lengthen. A...
At LifeWorks Wellness Center we offer a number of tests which provide your healthcare practitioner with a full analysis of your hormone levels. Flexitest A saliva test that allows us to customize your specific hormonal testing. It includes a complete adrenal (cortisol and DHEA) profile with the hormone evaluation. The Estronex 2/16 Test The Estronex...
Very often the only facts that a woman knows about menopause in advance is that one day her menstrual cycle will cease, her child bearing years will be over and she may get some ”hot flashes”. As the number of women entering menopause increases, about 4000 new women entering menopause each day, according to the ...
*Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.