Hormones decline naturally with age, but sometimes the changes can occur earlier than usual and can cause a significant impact on the way you feel and function. If your hormones aren’t optimized, you may feel tired, moody, experience weight gain, a decrease in your energy and libido, and have trouble sleeping. You don’t have to simply” deal” with these symptoms- bioidentical hormone optimization can normalize your hormones and help you feel like yourself again.
At Westport MediSpa, Dana Brownell, MD, is dedicated to helping you look and feel your best, both from the inside and on the outside. Dr. Brownell understands the toll that hormonal imbalances can take on your life. Keep reading to learn how bioidentical hormone optimization can help you reclaim your vitality.
How hormone imbalance affects daily life
Many women experience uncomfortable and often distressing symptoms for years before they officially reach menopause. Low energy, change in sleep quality, brain fog, decreased libido, and mood swings are incredibly common symptoms of hormone imbalance. Sex hormones have a major impact on how you feel from day-to-day. If you have hormone imbalance, you may also experience the following symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Sleep disruption
- Lack of stamina
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
- Trouble concentrating
- Memory problems
- Thinning hair
- Reduced bone mass
Bioidentical hormone optimization is an effective option for treating symptoms associated with hormone imbalance.
What is bioidentical hormone optimization?
Not to be confused with the term “natural,” which is commonly used to describe hormones derived from plants or animals, bioidentical means the hormones are exactly identical to the ones your body naturally produces.
Dr. Brownell analyzes your hormones to get a clear picture of your current profile before creating an individualized treatment regimen. Bioidentical hormone replacement restores hormone balance and alleviates related symptoms that men and women may struggle with on a daily basis.
Hormone optimization with BioTE®
Dr. Brownell uses BioTe bioidentical hormone therapy. Treatment with BioTE is completely customized so that you receive the right dosage of hormones to restore levels specific to you and feel well. This individualized treatment approach helps to avoid having too much or too little hormone.
There’s no guesswork involved. Dr. Brownell uses your lab results to determine the rebalancing doses. Regular checks allow her to make adjustments, so that you remain within an optimal range. After your initial dose, you can expect Dr. Brownell to repeat your labs and reassess your symptoms after 4-6 weeks.
BioTE hormones are custom-compounded for you and delivered in the form of a pellet under the skin. The tiny pellet is about the size of a grain of rice. Women can expect to receive a new pellet every 3-5 months. Men generally receive a new pellet every 5-6 months.
Health risks of hormone imbalance
Lack of hormones is more than daily annoyance, it can have a negative impact on your health and feeling of well-being. Sex hormones also help to keep you bones strong, protecting against osteoporosis. Low hormones can lead to reduced bone density and increase the risk of weak bones.
Sex hormones also play a role in managing cholesterol, and keeping cholesterol in check is key for reducing the risk of heart disease, as well as long term protective factors against dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life.
Relief from hormone imbalance
Many people who have hormone imbalance don’t know that they do not have to live with the symptoms they experience on a daily basis. Dr. Brownell can carefully evaluate your hormones to determine ideal levels based on factors such as your age, symptoms, blood work, and medical history. The goal is to restore your hormones to optimal levels, and to make you feel “like you” again.
To learn more and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brownell, call us at 203-227-5437 and speak with one of our knowledgeable team members. The path back to feeling yourself again starts here.