When your body is no longer adequately producing hormones LoTurco Chiropractic & Pain Management recommends optimizing your bodies ability to produce those hormones with our hormone therapy treatments. There are several symptoms of diminished hormone levels such as aging quicker, low sex drive, memory loss, and lower energy level.
Symptoms often occur abruptly and lead to dramatic drops in estrogen, testosterone and progesterone levels in the body.
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Low Sex Drive
- Weight Gain
- Vaginal Dryness
- Foggy Memory
Discuss any medical conditions that you may have with your doctor. Sharing your medical history with a doctor can help him or her determine what is causing your hormone imbalance
Hormone Therapy Lakewood
Hormone therapy involves optimizing hormones that are no longer produced properly in the body. Many of the symptoms experienced are all that we contribute to aging and occur in many women after the age of 35. Female menopause affects all women, typically in the 40s or the 50s. Symptoms often occur abruptly and lead to dramatic drops in estrogen, testosterone and progesterone levels in the body. Low hormone levels overall can seriously affect one’s mental and physical health. Some of these symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, low sex drive, vaginal dryness, depression, mood swings, PMS, Fibrosis, Endometriosis or foggy memory.
The hormones used in these hormone replacement therapy options at LoTurco Chiropractic & Pain Management mirror the same structure of the ones found in the body. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to hormones and that each and every patient is different. LoTurco Chiropractic & Pain Management will create a customized treatment plan for each patient by performing a comprehensive evaluation of your body’s needs. We will focus on improving your sleep, immune system, sex drive, cognitive function, vitality, skin and overall appearance.
Hormone therapy treatment begins with a free initial consultation with LoTurco Chiropractic & Pain Management. This consultation will review your medical history, lifestyle, symptoms and overall health goals. This information and a medical exam will help us determine if hormone replacement therapy is best for you.
Hormone Level tests
If at the end of the consultation we determine you are a good candidate for hormone replacement and you are interested in the process, we will take a blood sample. This sample will be sent to a lab to test your hormone levels.
Evaluation and treatment plan
It’s time to begin! Your LoTurco Chiropractic & Pain Management clinician will review your results with you and will provide you with your hormone therapy medication and help you to establish a regular treatment schedule. Get started today by contacting the professional staff at LoTurco Chiropractic & Pain Management.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
As our bodies age the amount of hormones steadily decreases beginning at the age of 35 the levels begin to drop, some more than others. This can be corrected with customized treatment program tailored to your specific hormone levels, nutrition plan and fitness plan. LoTurco Chiropractic & Pain Management believes in a multi front assault on the problems that affect all of us. With our approach of tailored Hormone Replacement therapy, nutrition planning and fitness consultation our experts have seen countless recoveries happen in a matter of months.
All About Hormone Therapy
Menopause is a period of time in a woman’s life where she naturally stops having a menstrual cycle. It is the end of what are considered the reproductive years. The average age of menopause for American women is 51 years old. Before menopause occurs, many women enter a transitional phase known as perimenopause. This is a time of change in the levels of estrogens, a hormone that is responsible for controlling the menstrual cycle.
During childbearing years, both estrogen and progesterone levels change. They are made by the ovaries and balance the menstrual cycle. Estrogen is responsible for causing the endometrium, the uterine line, to grow and thicken to prepare for possible pregnancy. On a certain day in the cycle (there is no set time); an egg is releases by an ovary in what is known as ovulation. If the egg isn’t fertilized, no pregnancy occurs. This will cause the levels of those two hormones to decrease and the uterus to shed this lining. This is the monthly period.
Signs & Symptoms of Perimenopause
The signs and symptoms women experience may vary depending on the levels of estrogen in the body. A common sign of perimenopause is cycle changes. Cycles may become longer or shorter, periods skipped or lighter or heavier periods. While some changes in the cycle are normal, it is important to discuss them with your doctor. Always immediately contact your doctor if you have bleeding after sex, between periods, bleeding that lasts for more days than usual, spotting or any bleeding after the process of menopause at all.
While a hysterectomy ends menstrual periods, it doesn’t cause menopause. The ovaries must be removed in order to go through that process (surgery is known as an oophorectomy). This causes immediate signs and symptoms of menopause if is done before a woman has received this time of her life.
This is one of the common symptoms of this time. It is a sudden feeling of heat that spreads across the face and body. The skin reddens and some break into a sweat. They can last a few seconds to several minutes. They aren’t harmful, but can be uncomfortable. Some women have them at night that may wake them up.
During the first 4-8 years after menopause, women lose bone quickly. This rapid loss is because of the decreased levels of estrogen in the body. If too much bone is lost, it can increase a woman’s risk of osteoporosis. This can lead to bone breaks.
Vaginal or Urinary Tract Changes
When estrogen levels decrease in the body, changes can take place within the vagina. Ultimately the vaginal line gets dryer, thinner and last elastic. This dryness may cause pain during intercourse. Vaginal infections also become more common. The urinary tract changes with age too. The urethra can become inflamed, irritated and dry. Some women may feel the need to urinate more often and have a higher risk of urinary tract infections after menopause too.
Hormone Therapy Types
This therapy can help to relieve the symptoms of either perimenopause or menopause. This can mean taking estrogen or progestin for those who haven’t had a hysterectomy and still have a uterus. It is a form of progesterone. Taking progestin will help to reduce the risk of cancer within the uterus.
The first type is local therapy, which is commonly used in women who have vaginal dryness only. This is done with a vaginal ring, cream or tablet. These forms release small amounts of estrogen into the tissue of the vagina, which helps to restore the elasticity and thickness of it while helping with irritation and dryness overall.
With this type of therapy, hormones are releases into the bloodstream and travel to where they are needed. This form uses estrogen in pills, gels, sprays, skin patches and more. If progestin is prescribed to the patient, it will be given separately or combined with estrogen in order to be taken. For estrogen-only therapy, it will be taken daily or every few days. For women in combined therapy, they will use cyclic or continuous therapy methods. With cyclic, estrogen is taken daily and progestin every few days. Continuous therapy is when both estrogen and progestin are taken daily.
What to Know About Hormone Therapy
Hormone therapy has countless benefits, but also has risks. Side effects can and do occur in some women. In terms of benefits, systemic and local therapy relieves vagina dryness, some hot flashes and night sweats and can help to prevent bone fractures. Combined estrogen and progestin therapy may also reduce the risk of colon cancer.
In terms of risks, estrogen therapy can cause the uterine lining to grow, which increases the risk of uterine cancer. However by adding progestin, it reduces one’s risk. Combined hormone therapy has shown a small increased risk of heart attack whether because of age or other medical conditions. It also has shown a small increased risk of breast cancer.
In terms of side effects, combined hormone therapy can cause vaginal spotting or heavier bleeding then a menstrual period. Fluid retention and breast soreness are two other common side effects too.
While hormone therapy can relieve some symptoms, it is important to weigh out the options with your doctor. It should be limited to treating these symptoms of perimenopause and menopause at the lowest dose for the shortest period of time as possible. Continued use should be reevaluated annually.
Medications such as antidepressants have been shown to help with symptoms. Plant-based alternatives such as Chinese herbal remedies have shown some improvements in some patients too.
Ultimately if someone chooses to use hormone therapy, regular follow ups are important. Benefits and risks can also change over time too. Your health care provider can assess your use of continued hormone therapy and change your dose and methods over time as things change. Always report any side effects to your health provider immediately.
Quick Guide to Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy or HRT is a specific treatment type where the body is given hormones in order to treat or prevent certain medical conditions or the symptoms of perimenopause or menopause in women. The hormones used in this therapy are synthetic hormones or manmade, but act as natural hormones when they are inside of the body. Doctors generally prescribed HRT in hopes it would guard against certain diseases such as heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis and treat menopause. Many suggestions suggest that for women, the risks of using HRT may outweigh the benefits. However this depends on the patient and their individual health. That’s why it is important to discuss this with a doctor on an individual basis.
The Women’s Health Initiative conducted a series of studies with the National Institutes of Health. The researchers gathered health information from women who have went through menopause. In their trial study, researchers tried to determine whether or not HRT could affect a woman’s chances of developing colorectal or breast cancers, osteoporosis or heart disease after going through menopause. They studied two groups of women. The first was those who had a hysterectomy who took estrogen or a placebo pill. The women in the second group were postmenopausal, but hadn’t had surgery. They took a combination HRT or a placebo. The researchers saw that the risks outweighed the benefits when it came to HRT. It was discovered that the long-term use (5 years or more) increased a woman’s risk of breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes and even blood clots. The increased risk equates to about 8 more events per 10,000 women annually.
If you’re taking hormone replacement therapy, visit your doctor before you make changes to your individual therapy plan. They may consider your particular symptoms and your risk and will determine whether or not this should be altered or not. HRT does offer protection against colorectal cancer and the risk of developing osteoporosis. In terms of alternative therapy, vaginal estrogen creams, soy products, antidepressants and herbal supplements are all alternatives to hormone replacement therapies.
A Guide to Menopause
Known as the change of life, menopause is when a woman’s periods stop. Some women experience vaginal dryness, irritation, thinning bones and hot flashes, just to name a few symptoms. Some women choose to treat these symptoms with hormone medications known as hormone replacement therapy. They can be administered in skin creams, skin sprays, injections, pills, patches, gels, vaginal creams, vaginal rings, vainal inserts or vaginal tablets. Some of these hormone medicines can include:
- Combination estrogen and other medicines;
- Combination estrogen and progestin medicines.
Some women may experience an increased change of blood clots, strokes, breast cancer, heart attacks or gallbladder disease. Never take hormone therapy if you think you could be pregnant, have had certain cancer, have vaginal bleeding, have had a heart attack or stroke in the past or have liver disease.
About Compounded Bio-Identical Hormones
The FDA believes that the risks of using these items in comparison to hormone therapy may be the same. These products claim that their products are identical to hormones made by the body. They also claim that they don’t have any risks. Bio-identical hormones may be more safe or effective than HRT. However, they are not FDA approved.