Symptoms of Hormone Decline in Women and Men
Stephen Center, M.D. has dedicated his San Diego California practice to offer the very best in Anti-Aging Medicine and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Dr. Center is a respected speaker and author on the topic of Hormone Optimization and Anti-Aging Medicine, and has been treating patients with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy at his San Diego based BodyLogicMD clinic since 2008.
As the Board Examiner for the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Stephen Center, M.D. stays connected with his peers and is constantly involved in continued education keeping him on the cutting edge of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs. With decades of experience in medicine treating patients of all ages and from all walks of life, Dr. Center understands the important role that hormones have to play in the body, and integrates his Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs with custom nutrition and exercise plans for optimal results in his patients.
Hormones play a major role in daily bodily functions, and are quite different in men and women. While it is commonly known that women experience serious hormonal changes throughout life as they endure monthly menstrual cycles and eventually menopause; many do not realize that men too experience significant hormonal changes with age, commonly referred to andropause. Andropause and menopause are not the only causes of hormonal imbalance, dominance or deficiency. Continue reading below to learn more about the hormone related symptoms that affect men and women which are known to be alleviated and treated with a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Specialist, Stephen Center, M.D. customizes Bioidentical Hormone programs to help women fight the effects of imbalanced or deficient hormone levels. While several factors are often involved in female hormone decline, the most common factors include aging, stress, lack of sleep, and poor dietary choices. Despite the reason for disproportionate hormone levels, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can rebalance female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. These two primary hormones are responsible for thousands of actions in the female body, and in order for women to experience optimal levels of health, estrogen and progesterone must be balanced.
Sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone work to promote vitality in the body, and when the body cannot produce adequate levels of these hormones, women may feel lethargic or tired all the time.
Disproportionate ratios of estrogen and progesterone often lead to weight gain. In cases of low estrogen, the body holds onto fat to preserve estrogen because adipose tissue contains estrogenic compounds, and low progesterone leads to water retention because it is a natural diuretic.
Estrogen dominance brought on by stress, aging, or dietary factors often promotes endometriosis. Progesterone works to counteract estrogen by inhibiting tissue growth in the breast and uterus, while estrogen promotes tissue growth in these regions of the female body.
Feeling irritable, angry, tired, bloated, achy, and hungry are common symptoms that women struggle with before their menstrual periods. Extreme premenstrual symptoms are often the result of hormonal imbalances; however, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can balance hormones and reduce premenstrual symptoms.
Degenerating levels of sex hormones often lead to a reduced desire for sexual activity, which can put a strain on intimate relationships. Replenishing hormone levels can restore the desire for sex in women and boost overall libido.
Functioning to detoxify the brain, balanced levels of estrogen can help to reduce memory loss and mental fogginess, while potentially preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Increasing levels of estrogen or uneven ratios of estrogen and progesterone can promote the development of fibroids. Balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may help the development of more fibroids or the enlargement of existing fibroids.
Difficulty falling or staying asleep are common challenges for women under high levels of stress or women going through perimenopause or menopause. Restoring hormone balance can help women to easily fall asleep and avoid waking up multiple times during the night.
Outbursts of anger, anxiety, or depression may develop due to hormonal imbalances; correcting and optimizing hormone levels can reduce mood swings and promote a general sense of wellbeing.
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Working to signal the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, estrogen and progesterone must be at optimal levels, or the signals going to the hypothalamus may get confused. Balancing hormone levels can help women to prevent or reduce hot flashes and night sweats.
Overcoming depression can be a difficult task when hormonal imbalances are present because lower levels of hormones can reduce the presence of neurotransmitters that create feelings of contentment and calmness.
Imbalanced hormone levels can cause women to experience one or many symptoms of sexual dysfunction, which can greatly affect libido and self confidence. Optimizing hormone levels can promote healthy sexual function, strong libido and restore energy and excitement to your relationship.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
More men than ever before are recognizing that they have symptoms of low testosterone. Falling hormone levels typically signify that men have entered into andropause, and usually, testosterone is not the only hormone that men have out of balance. Multiple hormones, such as DHEA and cortisol may be deficient, and for this reason, Doctor Center looks at the whole picture and does not just supplement one hormone. Through optimizing the levels of all essential hormones, men can maintain cognitive function, improve cardiac health, and reduce risk for strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes.
Declining levels of testosterone can cause men to lose several pounds of muscle mass because testosterone plays a huge role in the development and maintaining of muscle.
Decreasing levels of testosterone often means increasing levels of estrogen, which suppresses testosterone. Lower levels of testosterone slow down metabolism and can cause body fat to accumulate.
Playing a large role in the way energy is extracted from cells, hormones that are deficient or out balance can lead to lethargy or ongoing fatigue.
Challenges falling or staying asleep can occur in men due to hormonal imbalances; restoring hormones to optimal levels can greatly reduce sleep disturbances and improve sleeping patterns.
Growth of breast tissue in men can occur due to falling testosterone levels and rising estrogen levels; however, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be able to reduce gynecomastia.
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Signals going to the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, can become disrupted when hormones are imbalanced. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can balance hormones to reduce hot flashes and night sweats.
Maintaining intimate relationships can become difficult when men encounter low libido; however, replenishing hormone levels can help to increase the sex drive.
Depression & Irritability
Commonly, men with hormonal imbalances experience depression and irritability because hormones play a role in balancing brain chemistry and influencing moods.
Dwindling levels of healthy testosterone can lead to rising levels of a particular form of testosterone that causes hair follicles to die away. Optimizing testosterone and other essential hormones can reduce hair loss and preserve hair follicles.
Blood flow is greatly affected by hormones, and if blood cannot flow smoothly because hormones are imbalanced, men may suffer from erectile dysfunction. Restoring hormonal balance may improve sexual function and reduce instances of erectile dysfunction.
Less than optimal hormone levels can cause muscle atrophy, and because the urinary bladder is a muscle, its strength can become reduced with hormonal imbalances, leading to urinary issues in men.
Reduced concentration, mental fogginess, and decreased cognitive functions can all result from hormonal imbalances; restoring hormones to ideal levels can help to improve overall brain function.
As San Diego’s premier Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Stephen Center, M.D. focuses on preventing disease and desires to help his patients work towards the restoration of optimal levels of health and wellness. As a result of Dr. Center’s advanced training in Anti-Aging Medicine and Hormone Optimization programs, he has been able to help hundreds of patients rise above their hormone related conditions and feel and look better.
To learn more about how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce the symptoms of aging and improve your levels of health and wellness, contact San Diego’s Bioidentical Hormone Specialist, Stephen Center, M.D. to schedule your Bioidentical Hormones consultation today! Get the facts from the experts and find out more about how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be able to help you.