Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Jamie Coughlan, N.D. is a Pleasanton, CA Bioidentical Doctor that has helped many patients to overcome the health challenges associated with hormonal decline or imbalance. Often, symptoms occur as a result of hormonal imbalances, and by going to the root of a health problem, Doctor Coughlan is able to eliminate the cause of a specific symptom or condition. Rebalancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy allows men and women to feel health at any age, while improving their overall quality of life. Doctor Coughlan’s specialized programs have greatly benefitted the lives of countless men and women.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Can Help Treat The Following:
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can greatly improve the symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue syndrome. Adrenal fatigue is a stress related syndrome that occurs when prolonged periods of high stress wears down the adrenal glands, causing them to convert valuable sex hormones into cortisol, which is a hormone that counteracts the inflammation caused from stress. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue usually include mental and physical exhaust, salty food cravings, feeling burned out, feeling more awake after 6pm, trouble getting out of bed, and insomnia. Replenishing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help men and women suffering from this condition to feel more awake, improve sleep, reduce mental fogginess, have more energy, and reduce food cravings.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to resolve hormone imbalances because it uses hormones that are identical in molecular and structural function to the hormones produced in the human body to replenish deficient hormones. Because hormones are associated with almost all bodily functions, a deficit can have negative effects on the body. Bioidentical hormones can help people to restore hormone balance without the adverse side effects, and many people have been able to improve sexual desire and function, sleep, energy, emotions, muscle tone, mental cognition, bone health, and their overall sense of wellbeing through the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Many women and men going through hormone decline experience night sweats. This is because the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, gets mixed signals with hormone decline, and it cannot regulate body temperature. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help both men and women to balance their hormones and reduce hot flashes, cold chills, or night sweats, and it can also improve sleep.
Alopecia (hair loss)
Alopecia is a condition that causes a person to lose large amounts of hair on their scalp or body, and some of this hair loss may be hormone related. In women, hormonal fluctuations after pregnancy can lead to hair loss, and for women going through menopause or perimenopause, hair loss may also occur. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help women to reverse hair loss and grow thicker and more lustrous hair. In men, hair loss can occur during andropause, which is male hormone decline, and during this time, men may lose healthy testosterone, which leads to a rise in dihydrotestosterone. This type of testosterone kills healthy hair follicles, but bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to reduce this form of testosterone by balancing free testosterone, which may prevent further hair loss.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can get to the root of hot flashes because body temperature is regulated by hormones. Both women and men can suffer from hot flashes, which are usually associated with hormonal decline that occurs during perimenopause, menopause, or andropause. Balancing hormones can help to regulate the hypothalamus, which balances body temperature. Regaining hormone balance can prevent and reverse inconvenient hot flashes and temperature fluctuations.
Hyperthyroidism is caused when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, and because thyroid hormone controls many aspects of metabolism, too much of this hormone can speed up metabolic functions to cause adverse health effects. Some of the issues that can occur with hypothyroidism include sudden weight loss, a faster heart rate, increased bowel movements, anxiety, heart palpitation, bulging eyes, and increased metabolic functions. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help people with hyperthyroidism because the treatment for this problem often involves stopping the function of the thyroid gland all together, which leaves a deficit. Bio-identical hormones can help patients to restore a healthy weight, prevent bulging eyes, calm their heart rate, and reduce anxiety.
A lack of thyroid hormone production is known as hypothyroidism, and this condition can be improved with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Thyroid hormone controls many metabolic functions in the body, and when it is lacking people may experience sudden weight gain, constipation, intolerance to cold, hair loss, irregular periods, cold limbs, and fatigue. Replacing thyroid hormone with bioidentical hormones can help men and women to balance their thyroid gland, improve metabolic functions, lose weight, have more energy, and regulate their body temperature.
Anxiety and Depression
Men and women that are suffering from anxiety and depression may be suffering from these issues because of a hormone imbalance. Many people experiencing hormone loss can improve this condition with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Because hormones impact moods and brain chemistry, replenishing deficient hormones with bioidentical versions can help to reduce both depression and anxiety.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome BS (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a problem that affects millions of people, and it usually consists of alternating constipation and diarrhea. This issue is usually stress related, and it can be aggravated with the effects of high stress on hormones. When a person feels stressed, the sympathetic nervous system takes over thinking that the body is being attacked, and this causes it to halt peristalsis or the intestinal contractions that make digestion possible. In the meantime, a cascade of hormones is released, and over time this can create a hormone deficiency. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can replace hormones that have become deficient or imbalanced with stress, and this can return digestion to normal, while improving the processes that make digestion possible.
Doctors now agree that hormones are not lost due to aging, but that aging occurs because hormones are being lost. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to supply the body with hormones that are becoming deficient to prevent or reverse the signs of aging. Many people have been able to maintain a more youthful appearance, improve muscle tone, increase libido and sexual function, grow thicker more lustrous hair, improve bone strength, lose weight, and increase overall energy levels with the help of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an autoimmune condition that is characterized with a feeling of mental and physical fatigue that lasts more than 24 hours. In this condition, people may also experience swollen lymph nodes, a chronic sore throat, body aches, flu-like symptoms, mental fogginess, and insomnia. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be able to help improve the immune system by replacing deficient hormones. Several people with Chronic Fatigue have been able to use bioidentical hormones to improve energy, sleep, and mental clarity and reverse the symptoms associated with chronic fatigue.
Many people suffer from sleeping issues, and a large percentage of people experiencing insomnia may be struggling with it as a result of hormonal decline. In women, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has helped to regulate sleep disturbances that result from the estrogen decline that occurs during perimenopause and menopause. In men, bioidentical hormones have helped to regulate the hypothalamus, which helps to control the body’s sleep cycles. Both men and women have been able to improve their sleep with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Hyperthyroidism is caused when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, and some of the issues that can occur with hypothyroidism include sudden weight loss, a faster heart rate, increased bowel movements, anxiety, heart palpitation, bulging eyes, and increased metabolic functions. Bioidentical hormones can help patients to restore a healthy weight, prevent bulging eyes, calm the heart rate, and reduce anxiety. Another thyroid condition occurs when there is a lack of thyroid hormone production, which is known as hypothyroidism, and this condition can be improved with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Thyroid hormone controls many metabolic functions in the body, and when it is lacking people may experience sudden weight gain, constipation, intolerance to cold, hair loss, irregular periods, cold limbs, and fatigue. Replacing thyroid hormone with bioidentical hormones can help men and women to balance their thyroid gland, improve metabolic functions, lose weight, have more energy, and regulate their body temperature.
Falling hormone levels in both men and women can lead to low libido. In women, perimenopause and menopause are the times when they usually experience a reduced sex drive. In men, andropause can lead to a lack of desire for sexual activity, reduced sex drive, and eventually, erectile dysfunction. Supplementing deficient hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help both men and women to regain a healthy sex drive, which can rekindle intimate relationships and improve feelings of youthfulness.
Weight Loss Resistance
Usually imbalances in estrogen and progesterone are to blame for weight loss resistance. In women going through perimenopause and menopause falling estrogen levels can cause the body to hold onto body fat because it contains estrogen, and a lack of progesterone causes water retention because it is a natural diuretic. In men, a lack of testosterone can cause a rise in estrogen, which in turn suppresses testosterone leading to a slower metabolism and more body fat. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help both men and women to replenish deficient hormones and correct imbalances. Many women and men have been able to lose weight with the help of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders
Many people suffer from GI disorders, and some of these issues may be due to high stress, poor dietary habits, or autoimmune conditions. Improving nutrition, dietary habits, and reducing stress may help to correct GI disorders. Many hormones also play a role in maintaining a healthy digestive tract, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to balance hormones, which can improve metabolic and gastrointestinal functions.
Both men and women can suffer from urinary issues due to hormonal imbalances. In women, urinary incontinence, cystitis, or dribbling can result from atrophy of the bladder muscle due to hormone loss. Supplementing deficient hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to improve the muscle tone of the bladder and reduce urinary dribbling, frequency, and inflammation. In men, an enlarged prostate may occur due to lower testosterone and increased estrogen levels, which can press on the urinary bladder to cause urgency and frequency. Improving testosterone levels with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to lower estrogen levels, improve prostate health, and reduce urinary urgency and frequency.
Countless individuals suffer from pain and inflammation in various parts of their bodies due to traumas, old injuries, or autoimmune conditions. Several natural therapies or medications may be able to reduce pain, and balancing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can also help to lower inflammation to reduce pain. In the body, hormones help to regulate pain receptors, and a lack of hormone balance can increase the activation of pain receptors. Replenishing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can reduce sensations of pain and improve a person’s overall quality of life.
As a Bay Area Bioidentical Doctor, Jamie Coughlan, N.D. in Pleasanton, CA finds the root cause of a condition or symptom and uses natural and effective therapies to help patients recover their health. Doctor Coughlan designs customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans that can target specific health concerns. Providing individualized care, many patients have been able to improve their overall health through Doctor Coughlan’s guidance and unique programs. Countless men and women have overcome the signs and symptoms related to hormonal imbalances, while regaining their vitality.
To learn more about the conditions that can be treated using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, contact Bay Area Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor, Jamie Coughlan, N.D. of Pleasanton, CA to schedule a FREE 15 minute consultation!