Mood swings, fatigue, weight gain, diminished sex drive: the symptoms of hormone imbalance are as diverse as our own biochemistry. That’s why in my 20-plus years of prescribing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy I’ve always taken a personalized approach to treating hormone deficiency or dominance.
Hormone changes are a normal part of the aging process, and they don’t just affect women entering menopause. Men experience a decrease in testosterone with every passing year, leaving many feeling unmotivated, overweight, lethargic and grumpy. For women, disruptive changes in mood, metabolism and energy production start several years before even entering menopause, which can last another two to 10 years.
There’s no reason to suffer for that long, or at all, thanks to significant scientific advancements in bioidentical hormone replacement supplements, application methods and pharmaceutical compounding that have developed since our own mothers suffered from sweltering hot flashes and temperamental attitudes.
I attend annual medical conferences on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to stay on the cutting edge of hormone replacement research and newly available BHRT products, and learn how physicians like myself can better treat the symptoms of hormone imbalances that affect all of us at some point. I began advocating BHRT long before Oprah joined the bioidentical bandwagon, and I’ve witnessed first-hand how much better a patient feels once we get their hormones leveled out.
BHRT Compounded Creams vs. Synthetic Hormones or Pellet Therapy
All of the hormone treatments I prescribe are identical to what the body creates, so it’s a more natural and effective way to treat hormone imbalance without the side effects that often come with synthetic hormones.
People ask why we don’t offer pellet therapy at The Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine. While also made with bioidentical hormones, pellets make it difficult to titrate the dosing as is often required when seeking the perfect balance of hormones for each individual. Pellets implanted under the skin take three to six months to wear off, so if the dosage isn’t the proper proportion of bioidentical hormones we cannot adjust it until it’s time for a new one.
The ability to customize hormone therapy to each person’s specific set of symptoms is one of the main reasons I prefer bioidentical hormones over synthetic prescriptions that come in standardized doses. We’re able to compound prescriptions on site at The Guyer Institute, so we’re able to customize a hormone cream for each patient and adjust the hormone levels to treat worsening or new symptoms. The BHRT creams come in pre-metered doses or capsules, so they’re extremely easy to use.
OTC Hormone Supplements
For people who would prefer an over-the-counter herbal medication to restore hormonal balance, we offer a number of physician-grade options in our Supplement Store. You don’t need to be a patient to shop in our store or online, and our trained staff is always happy to help you figure out which products may work best for your particular symptoms. Here’s a look at some of our most popular hormone-balancing dietary supplements:
The most common hormone in the body, DHEA is produced by the adrenal glands and helps produce other hormones like testosterone and estrogen. Available in 5mg or 25mg doses, DHEA supplements enhance immune function and replace naturally declining DHEA levels as you age.
A non-hormonal supplement, Estrovera contains Turkey Rhubarb, which is clinically proven to reduce hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. It also helps with vascular integrity, keeping blood vessels healthy and preventing vasodilation or a swelling of blood vessels that can cause dizziness, low blood pressure, heart palpitations, and other unpleasant symptoms like fluid retention.
Specially formulated by Dr. Dale Guyer, EstroFX can get aberrant hormone levels back in balance. It’s particularly helpful for those suffering with breast tenderness and can assist in restoration of healthy cervical tissue after an abnormal pap smear.
EstroBalance can ease monthly hormone swings and PMS symptoms, such as painful periods and difficulty losing weight. This super-duty nutritional supplement supports healthy hormone balance and boosts fat metabolization to keep the extra pounds off.
This adrenal hormone regulates memory and brain function, specifically the area of the brain related to artistic function. Pregnenolone is a precursor to other hormones like DHEA, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. Available in our store in 10mg, 50mg and 100mg capsules, this supplement can reduce inflammation, relieve some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and improve symptoms related to poor adrenal function.
Get Off the Hormonal Swing with Our Help
Ever wish you could say, “Stop this ride. I want to get off” when suffering on the hormonal roller coaster ride that’s robbing you of sleep, enjoyable sex, and clear thinking? At The Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine, we offer a number of natural ways to slow your turbulent swing of emotions and energy, restoring your vibrancy and hormonal balance.
Stop by our supplement store, contact us online with your questions or give Dr. Guyer a call at (317) 580-9355 to make an appointment to discuss how BHRT can help your hormones.