Find Relief With Bioidentical Hormones
Bay Area Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Philip Lee Miller, M.D. understands how important hormones are to your body and its processes. Hormones help to regulate everything from sleep to metabolisms, and muscle development to stress responses. Hormones are responsible for the development of sexual characteristics in men and women, and they are essential to maintaining healthy reproductive cycles.
The importance of healthy hormone levels cannot be overstated—nor can the severity of symptoms that can occur when a body’s hormones are not functioning properly. Because our hormones are responsible for so many bodily functions, when we experience hormone decline or imbalance, it is imperative that we seek solutions from a doctor with expertise in hormone therapies.
Dr. Miller and his staff at California Age Management Institute are experts in creating personalized and effective Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) programs. They have helped thousands of patients in Mountain View, Palo Alto, and the wider California Bay Area to identify their symptoms and treat the root cause of their hormone dysfunction. Bioidentical Hormones are capable of dramatically reducing the natural side effects of aging and this unique approach is successful in treating both men and women.
Hormones Commonly Used in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy:
This hormone, which is secreted by the adrenal glands, is the foundation for both male and female sex hormones. These are also known as androgens and estrogens. When DHEA is out of balance, it can also affect the production of estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol. People with unbalanced DHEA often complain of aching of the joints, lowered sex drive, a decreased immune system, fatigue, depression, and loss of muscle mass. Using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to maintain optimal DHEA balance can help the body function efficiently and reduce the risk of DHEA related side effects.
Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone that is first synthesized by cholesterol and then created in the adrenal glands. Pregnenolone, along with the hormone DHEA, is responsible for creating testosterone and all other hormones in the body. Because it is made from the supporting tissues in the brain, pregnenolone activates neurological receptors that alternately stimulate and calm the brain. When this level of hormone is too low, people are likely to experience fatigue and problems with concentration and memory. Mood disturbances are also common, with depression and irritability being the most frequent complaints.
The term estrogen actually describes the functioning of estradiol, estriol, and estrone. Estrogen is primarily a female hormone produced in the ovaries, fat tissue, and adrenal glands. Men also create small amounts of estrogen in their testes. A lack of estrogen can lead to hot flashes, night sweats, thinning bones, fatigue, mood changes, sagging breasts, wrinkling skin, thinning or dull hair, and breakable nails. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy designed to treat estrogen imbalance has been shown to relieve symptoms of estrogen dominance and deficiency, and alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
Without progesterone, women cannot have a menstrual period or maintain reproduction. Progesterone is the second primary female hormone, and it helps to balance the functions of estrogen and prevent estrogen dominance. Common symptoms of low progesterone include bloating, water retention, fatigue, mood changes, irregular periods, increased PMS symptoms, dysmenorrhea, weight gain, infertility, and amenorrhea. Maintaining proper progesterone balance with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is tried and proven method to regulate the progesterone hormones and prevent symptoms and conditions related with progesterone imbalance.
Testosterone is primarily a male hormone, but it is also present in smaller amounts in women. Both genders experience the effects of too little testosterone, including weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, depression, and low sex drive. In addition, men with unbalanced testosterone levels may experience unwanted breast growth. Replacing deficient testosterone with bioidentical hormones continues to help thousands of men overcome andropause related symptoms, such as sexual dysfunction, insufficient energy levels, and more.
Although the technical name for this hormone is cortisol, some doctors and lay people refer to it as the stress hormone. The adrenal glands produce and secrete cortisol in response to stress, also known as the fight or flight response. Because many people today live highly stressful lives, they may have unbalanced levels of cortisol present in their bodies. Left unchecked, this can lead to Type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and weight gain. Balancing cortisol levels in the body with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can prevent a stress breakdown and leave patients feeling energized and well equipped to deal with anything life throws their way.
Bay Area Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Philip Lee Miller, M.D., understands that effective Bioidentical Hormone programs are never one size fits all. Hormone combinations and hormone amounts can vary from person-to-person, and will be adjusted for each individual over time. Bioidentical Hormone prescriptions are offered in a variety of delivery methods, including intramuscular injections, hormone pellets, topical gel, and oral capsules or troches.
A Natural Solution to Hormone Imbalance
Unlike synthetic hormones, Bioidentical Hormones are created from natural plant-based extracts. The natural hormones in these plants remain unchanged during the compounding process and are nearly identical to the natural hormonal structure that exists in the human body. The similar cellular structure allows the compounded hormones to be metabolized by the body more efficiently and without the side effects often associated with synthetic hormones. With their hormones in balance, men and women in their 30’s, 40’s, and beyond, are able to enjoy renewed energy, better health, and a more positive outlook on life.
As you age, your hormones change, fluctuating so much that it is nearly impossible for your body to find balance on its own. Dr. Miller will conduct the needed tests and determine what your body needs to restore balance. Always an educator and partner, Bay Area Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Philip Lee Miller, M.D. will partner with you during your journey to renewed health and wellness.