Well Aging Med
Denise R Bogard, MD, FAARFM ABAARM
Anti-Aging, Integrative & Functional Medicine located in Roseville, CA
Hormones keep your body and mind running like clockwork when everything’s in balance, but if your hormones are out of balance, you can experience numerous unpleasant symptoms. Denise Bogard, MD, FAARFM, ABAARM, of Well Aging Med in Roseville, California, is an experienced internist and expert in hormone balance. Dr. Bogard can find out if you have any imbalances and prescribe effective therapies like bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Call Well Aging Med today to find out more.
Hormone Balance Q & A
What is hormone balance?
Hormones are potent chemicals that deliver messages around your body. These messages tell your body what to do, regulating functions like sleep, metabolism, energy levels, reproduction, sexual function, and many other essential activities.
Hormones come from various glands around your body and exist in what should be a well-balanced harmony. However, for various reasons, hormone balance can turn to hormone imbalance, which leads to symptoms.
With a hormone imbalance, men and women may experience:
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Excessive hunger
- Hot flashes
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
Men may also experience male pattern baldness, muscle loss, or erectile dysfunction, while women may encounter irregular menstruation, cramps, vaginal dryness, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), PMS (premenstrual syndrome), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), or acne. Research indicates that conditions like fibromyalgia could also have links to hormone imbalance.
With such a wide array of possible symptoms, and with many people experiencing an imbalance of several hormones at once, it’s best to see a physician like Dr. Bogard at Well Aging Med, who specializes in hormone balance.
What hormones might be imbalanced?
Some of the hormones that are most often imbalanced include:
- DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)
The male sex hormone testosterone and the female sex hormone estrogen regulate secondary sexual characteristics. The other female sex hormone progesterone regulates pregnancy and menstruation. Thyroid hormone and cortisol affect metabolism and energy use, and melatonin regulates sleep.
Although testosterone is the male sex hormone, women do have some testosterone and can experience symptoms of testosterone imbalance.
How can I regain hormone balance?
There are several approaches to regaining hormone balance. Sometimes, making changes to your lifestyle can rebalance your hormones. For example, getting more exercise, eating a healthy diet, tackling stress, and getting a good night’s sleep can all help improve your overall health and restore hormone balance.
Dr. Bogard might also recommend vitamins and other supplements, including:
- Vitamin D
- Black cohosh
You can benefit from personalized supplement prescriptions at Well Aging Med, as well as IV therapy for fast absorption of micronutrients.
The other key treatment for hormone balance is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
What is BHRT?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or BHRT uses plant hormones that precisely match the hormones your body produces naturally. This means they’re easier for your body to absorb and less likely to cause a reaction than synthetic hormones.
Dr. Bogard uses pellet therapy, which is a safe, refined method of delivering hormones. The pellets are very small, about the size of a rice grain. Dr. Bogard injects them under your skin on your hip or buttock area, and they release the exact quantity of hormones you need.
BHRT pellet therapy can help women with problems such as menopausal symptoms, and help men who have low testosterone or andropause.
To find out more about hormone balance and how to obtain it, call Well Aging Med today.