Even if you eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, and do your best to avoid stress, you still can’t avoid hormone imbalances. Levels of hormones naturally decline in both men and women as they get older, which affects your energy, sex drive, and overall health. Toni Harrison, MD, ABAARM, FAARM, at Incredible Health helps men and women regain their vitality and wellness with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. To learn whether you might have a hormone imbalance, call the office in Paradise Valley, Arizona, or book an appointment online. We are happy to serve our patients in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and Phoenix, AZ.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q&A

How does a hormone imbalance affect my body?

Hormones control most of your body’s systems and functions, including your:

  • Respiration
  • Metabolism
  • Reproduction
  • Sensory perception
  • Movement
  • Growth

To ensure these systems work properly, your body precisely regulates the production and release of each hormone. When you have too much or too little of a hormone, you can develop serious health problems.

What symptoms develop due to a hormone imbalance?

Hormone problems lead to a broad range of symptoms, depending on the hormones affected. However, certain hormones naturally decline in women and men as they age.

After the age of 30, levels of testosterone continuously decline in men, dropping a little with each passing year. Women experience nearly a complete loss of estrogen at menopause, but they’re also susceptible to adrenal fatigue and an underactive thyroid.

Levels of the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) decrease in men and women over the years, which affects the production of sex hormones and leads to osteoporosis and insulin resistance.

Women and men with low hormone levels experience symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleep disorders
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Mood changes
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Memory loss
  • Dry skin or skin rashes

Hormone imbalances also directly affect your cardiovascular health. As a result, you may develop high blood pressure and heart arrhythmias.

What should I know about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure as the hormones normally produced by your body. This means your body doesn’t know the difference because they can activate the same receptors and precisely duplicate the same actions.

Whether you’re a man who needs testosterone therapy or a woman who needs to restore your estrogen levels, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is safe and effective. As you maintain normal levels, you eliminate existing symptoms and prevent future health problems such as osteoporosis.

Dr. Harrison prescribes bioidentical hormones in the form of pellets. The tiny pellets are implanted under your skin, where they continuously release a steady amount of hormone for several months. Pellets avoid the up-and-down swings in hormone levels that occur when you use pills, creams, or shots. Your pellet dose is customized according to the amount of hormone you need.

For comprehensive bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, call Incredible Health or schedule an appointment online.