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Bio-Identical Hormones

About Hormones…

Hormones are basically chemical messengers that run through your bloodstream, enter various tissues, and turn on switches to different genetic machinery in your body that regulate emotions, reproduction, and your general health.  You may think of them as the life-giving force that animates you mentally and emotionally, as well as physically…

Hormones are produced by your glands and several organs in the human body.  Each of the hormones is responsible for regulating thousands of unique and different cellular products needed for general cell maintenance and repair as well as reproduction, immune modulation, and brain function.

Therefore, it is not hard to see why a slight imbalance of even one hormone can affect your overall health and well being.

An excess of estrogen in women can cause fluid retention, weight gain, migraines, fibrocystic breasts, poly-cystic ovaries, endometriosis, and can lead to cancer of the breasts, ovaries and uterus.  In men, excessive estrogen is thought to play a role in the development of prostate problems, including cancer.

Progesterone is known as the hormone balancer, and prevents the problems associated with estrogen excess, as well as helping to create a balance of all other hormones.  It is a natural calming agent, and it also has diuretic properties.  Progesterone is the first hormone that decreases in ovarian production as a woman begins the menopausal stage of life (leading to symptoms of estrogen excess).  And doctors are just now appreciating the benefit of progesterone in the maintenance of prostate health in men.

Androgens (which include testosterone & DHEAS) play a vital role in tissue regeneration, especially the skin, bones, and muscles.  Testosterone helps maintain a lean body mass, bone density, skin elasticity, sex drive, and cardiovascular health in both sexes.

As our bodies age naturally, the production of hormones decreases, causing a multitude of undesirable symptoms. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a more natural way to relieve these unwanted symptoms.  These compounded hormones may also have less side effects.
Link to menopause and BHRT.

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