Low T (Andropause)
The biological changes experienced by men during mid-life is known as Low T or Andropause. This condition affects more than 25 million American men over the age of 40. While Andropause is not a complete cessation of reproductive abilities, it is a decline in the male hormone testosterone. This drop in testosterone levels leads, in most cases, to loss of energy and concentration, depression, decreased exercise tolerance, decreased libido, and mood swings. These symptoms can be alleviated through medically-monitored bioidentical testosterone replacement.
Perimenopause is the term describing the menopausal transition years for women. An estimated 60% of American women experience the onset of menopause as early as age 40. Perimenopause is the phase before menopause actually takes place, when ovarian hormone production declines, causing a host of early symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, depression, anxiety, and diminished sexual function. Perimenopause symptoms can be alleviated naturally through bioidentical hormone replacement.
Menopause is the ending of menstruation in women. Beginning about age 45 to 55, it is estimated women begin to develop symptoms like those of perimenopause including hot flashes, decreased energy, diminished sexual desire, mild depression, hair loss, increased anxiety or irritability, and frequent urination. While most women experience these and other symptoms of menopause, not all women do. Menopause has three stages — perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. During the postmenopausal stage, the declining hormone levels may lead to a number of health risks such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. These symptoms can be alleviated using natural bioidentical hormones.
Estrogen Dominance is a term often ignored by the traditional medical community. Symptoms can begin at any age after puberty and can manifest as common disorders such as PMS, endometriosis, and many menstrual irregularities, to name a few. Other escalating symptoms include muscle aches, breast tenderness, inability to lose weight, rapid weight gain, moodiness (especially around one’s period), irregular or heavy periods, and/or chronic fatigue. Estrogen dominance is caused by a variety of environmental and genetic reasons, but the end result is the same — the ratio or balance of estrogen to progesterone is abnormal and patients feel the ill effects of too much internal estrogen. A replacement program of bioidentical progesterone along with a specific nutritional diet can alleviate this problem.