What is Progesterone?
Progesterone is a female sex hormone that is released by the ovaries. It plays an important part of the menstrual cycle and helps maintain pregnancy during the early stages.
But progesterone is still needed for women going through the menopause, way after they need it for pregnancy and menstrual cycles. For menopausal women who still have a uterus, progesterone is necessary to help prevent cancer of the uterus. This is taken alongside estrogen. Women who have had a hysterectomy do not need to have progesterone replacement therapy.
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What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are synthetic hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to the hormones produced by your body. Common hormone treatments include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone replacement. Generic forms are available, but compounded hormones can be synthesized to specifically target an individuals needs. These compounded bioidentical hormones are safer for patients when prescribed by a reputable physician who understands that not all patients are created equal. Traditionally prescribed hormones are actually NOT identical to human hormones produced by your body. Traditionally prescribed estrogen, for example, is derived from horse urine, and is similar but NOT identical to human estrogen. This is presumably why many women will complain of unpleasant side-effects as well as carry increased risk for heart disease and breast cancers.
Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, are IDENTICAL to human hormones in every way; this means that they are chemically and functionally identical to human hormones. They were identified in some fruits and vegetables including yams. Because they are identical to human hormones, they appear to be more effective, carry less side effects, and do not appear to have the increased potential for breast cancers.
Bioidentical Progesterone Can Help With:
- Symptoms of Menopause
- Weight Gain
- Breast tenderness
- Fibrocystic breasts
- PMS, irregular menstrual cycle, heavy bleeding
- Gallbladder problems
- Sex drive
Hormone Replacement and Menopause
As women age, their levels of estrogen begin to decrease. It begins during their 30s and becomes extreme during their late 40s during the menopause years. Way back in time when the average life expectancy was only around 30 to 40 years old this wasn’t an issue but now women have a life expectancy into the 80s it is a terrible problem! This implies that a woman is estrogen deficient for more than half her life!
Think about the main symptoms of menopause: hot flashes, rapid heart rates, night sweats, memory fog, lower levels of energy and mood swings that can lead to joy and despair happening almost simultaneously. For many women, menopause is even worse than puberty. It is no front row seats at a Broadway musical or winning a Caribbean trip at a charity event. These menopausal symptoms are produced by lower levels of estrogen. Most women experience a 30-60% decrease in estrogen levels during menopause.
Basically, estrogen keeps everything moving and growing and functioning optimally. Take away estrogen, and things don’t work as well—they decline. Replace estrogen, and everything functions better. Estrogen is key to healthy aging for women.
How Does The Program Work?
We start by asking you lots of questions about yourself and your symptoms. We can then tell you about the benefits of bioidentical hormones and how they can help you.
We will take some blood and send it off for testing. A personalized program will be created for you based on your lab results and medical history.
Pellet Insertion and Supplements
Bioidentical hormones are inserted under the skin. The pellets take around 5 minutes to insert. The area will be numbed and there is no downtime. Once inserted you can go about your day!
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We are confident in our system and guarantee that if you follow our program, you will feel healthier.
FAQs about Progesterone Replacement Therapy
Low progesterone levels can enhance certain symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats. By adding it to a hormone replacement program alongside estrogen and testosterone, it can relieve those pesky symptoms that many women endure during menopause. No more red faces and sleepless nights.
All medically prescribed hormones are not created equally. Traditionally prescribed hormones are actually NOT identical to human hormones produced by your body. The traditional estrogen replacement therapy is derived from horse urine, and is similar but NOT identical to human estrogen. This is presumably why many women will complain of unpleasant side-effects as well as carry increased risk for heart disease and breast cancers.
Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, are IDENTICAL to human hormones in every way; this means that they are chemically and functionally identical to human hormones. They were identified in many fruits and vegetables, including yams and because they are identical to human hormones, they appear to be more effective, carry less side effects, and do not appear to have the increased potential for breast cancers.
Bioidentical hormone replacement can help restore a women’s estrogen levels, helping to alleviate the symptoms of menopause and give them back the freedom to enjoy their lives.
A simple blood test will help determine progesterone levels. We draw the blood from your arm and recommend a morning appointment because that is when the levels are at their peak. There is no preparation needed, is a very quick and easy blood draw and apart from possible bruising no after effects.
One of progesterone’s most important functions is to cause the endometrium to secrete special proteins during the second half of the menstrual cycle, preparing it to receive and nourish an implanted fertilized egg. If implantation does not occur, estrogen and progesterone levels drop, the endometrium breaks down and menstruation occurs.
Progesterone is used along with estrogen in women who still have their uterus. In these women, estrogen– if taken without progesterone–increases a woman’s risk for cancer of the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). During a woman’s reproductive years, cells from the endometrium are shed during menstruation. When the endometrium is no longer shed, estrogen can cause an overgrowth of cells in the uterus, a condition that can lead to cancer.
Progesterone reduces the risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer by making the endometrium thin. Women who take progesterone may have monthly bleeding, or no bleeding at all, depending on how the hormone therapy is taken. Monthly bleeding can be lessened and, in some cases, eliminated by taking progesterone and estrogen together continuously. Women who have had a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus through surgery) typically do not need to take progesterone. This is an important point, because estrogen taken alone has fewer long-term risks than HT that uses a combination of estrogen and progesterone.
Low progesterone levels can lead to the following symptoms:
- Low sex drive
- Weight Gain
- Mood Swings
- Menstrual Cycle irregularities
- Brittle nails
- Dry cracked skin
- Memory issues
- Hot Flashes
- Migraines / Headaches
- Allergy issues
These facts about progesterone highlight the benefits of taking progesterone:
- Men and women have receptors for progesterone throughout their bodies.
- It supports healthy bones, breasts, heart, liver and brain tissue in both men and women.
- It improves cholesterol levels.
- It is beneficial for the prostate.
- It is important for the brain.
- It stimulates the brain’s GABA receptors, those feel-good, calming neurotransmitters.
- It has multiple functions in the central nervous system to regulate cognition, mood, inflammation, mitochondrial function, neurogenesis and regeneration, myelination and recovery from traumatic brain injury.
- Progesterone is a precursor of other hormones, including estrogen, testosterone and cortisol.
Some of the benefits of using BHRT over traditional HRT are:
- Identical to human hormones instead of just similar
- They are extracted from plants like soy and yams
- Less side effects than traditional hormone therapy
- Controlled and consistent release into your blood stream
- Treatments once every 3-4 months instead of daily
- Studies have shown that bioidentical hormones produce superior symptom relief over traditional hormones replacement.
- Some studies have shown that bioidentical hormones carry lower risks for things like breast cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
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Your body will often lose its ability to adequately control normal biologic levels of hormones and electrolytes as we age. Lab work is needed to check for these vital biological components to help us understand how you are aging. Labs can often be performed from or near your home.
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We believe in integrative medicine which involves coordinating health and nutrition, fitness, managing biological hormones and electrolytes and calming the soul. These are the elements that will be emphasized in the creation of your wellness prescription.
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Our counselors and staff will help you stay on course with weekly or monthly support sessions where you will get feedback on your weight, metabolic tests, and evaluations on how you are progressing in the programs.
Maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t come naturally to most patients. Healthy living is a combination of many lifestyle habits that many people never learned. Weekly check-ins are an integral part of establishing accountability and obtaining feedback for your new lifestyle habits.
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Bioidentical hormone Replacement Therapy
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Although they are not naturally produced by the body, you body recognizes them as the same, and biochemically reacts to them with the same effect. The many symptoms of menopause can be alleviated with BHRT. You can say goodbye to hot flashes, mood swings, mental fog and more. Using our MedHealth360 program you can also control your weight, increase your energy levels and feel good both inside and out.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has actually been used in the United States since 1938. Bio-identical Hormones are all natural plant based products made from yams and a small amount of soy. These hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced within our own bodies. There are numerous studies worldwide that document the benefits and safety of BHRT. These studies also report a lower incidence of side effects when compared with prescription drugs. BHRT should not be confused with “synthetic hormones which are typically found in many creams, gels and injectables used for hormone replacement.
BHRT is a short, simple in-office procedure using local anesthesia. Your doctor will insert the pellets into the fatty layer just beneath your skin. In men and women, a small incision is made in the buttocks or in the lower abdomen. The process is painless and takes just a few minutes.
One of greatest advantages of pellet therapy is the low incidence of side effects. Although extremely rare, side effects may include: slight bruising, minor bleeding, infection or extrusion of the pellets.
Your doctor will interpret your blood tests and determine an appropriate dosage specifically designed for your body. Women who receive estrogen can feel significantly better in 24-36 hours. Men and women who receive testosterone will start to feel relief of symptoms in 10-14 days. After your pellet insertion, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days as directed by your physician. Your doctor will evaluate your hormone levels on an ongoing basis and monitor any future changes needed.
You can obtain BHRT Pellets by scheduling an appointment with a trained, certified physician who specializes in hormonal therapy. In order to obtain the correct dosage and proper placement of the pellets, the doctor should be knowledgeable and specifically trained in pellet therapy!
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