Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
Why would you need bio-identical hormone therapy? Contrary to popular belief, it is not just women who go through menopause. Male menopause, or andropause, and late-onset hypogonadism is as much a reality as menopause in women.
Dr. Adonis has helped counsel innumerable patients with andropause and menopause and made their transition through this stage easier and more comfortable. He has enabled them to get in touch with the changes and needs of their body and taught them to respond to it using a variety of natural tools and novel techniques. If you would like to enjoy the ease of bio-identical hormone therapy and infuse a natural healing mechanism into your life, book yourself an appointment at our clinic today.
The human body changes every day. New cells are formed, the body is consciously and actively engaged in repairing and restructuring itself, and some cells die and are cast away. This is a continual change we experience from the day we are born until we die, without even being aware of it. And yet, there are milestones where the body as a whole undergoes change. Attaining puberty is one such milestone where there is a whole gamut of physical and psychological changes that one must gradually embrace. Another similar milestone is menopause.
Several diseases or conditions are characterized by an imbalance in hormones, like PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), Premature Ovarian Failure, Acne, Obesity, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, Cyclic Migraines, Abnormal growth.
Andropause and Menopause (see section on Andropause and Menopause)
Menopause is characterized by a lowering of hormones. While women experience a sharp decline in estrogen levels in the body over a relatively short span of time, in males, the levels of testosterone may either dip very gradually over long periods and, in some cases, may not fall below the accepted level at all.
The changes in hormone levels cause the absence of menses, lowered sex drive, and erectile dysfunction in some, but these are the more manageable aspects of menopause and andropause. Both men and women are likely to experience several other, more disturbing symptoms.
Coping With Hormonal Imbalances
Hormone supplements prove to be a useful tool in helping cope with andropause and menopause. Conventional hormone supplements are chemical formulations that mimic the natural hormones present in our body and compensate for the lost or depleted hormone levels. However, these supplements were generally viewed as medical interventions to treat a disease and not as a supplement to help navigate through a phase of life. Additionally, it was observed that they brought along side effects.
As an alternative to hormone supplements, a more natural option was discovered. A composition of natural hormones derived from plants gave rise to hormones that were identical to natural hormones in their chemical structure and had minimal side effects compared to artificial hormones. Better known as bio-identical hormone therapy, this form of treatment is advocated very strongly by functional medicine. Dr. Adonis has made the lives of thousands of patients better by using bio-identical hormone therapy when needed.
Bio-identical hormones replicate the molecular structure of natural hormones in the body almost completely, making them much easier to utilize by the body.
Bio-identical hormones are derived from chemicals extracted from soy, yam, and other natural plant extracts. A combination of chemical compounds making up estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, are micronized to enable them to integrate and absorb into the body better. Bio-identical hormones can be made available as pills, creams, patches, gels, and oils.
Advantages of Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy:
- Negligible side effects – Since they are almost identical to natural hormones, the risk of reactions or side effects is significantly less than any other known hormone therapy.
- Natural and effective – Owing to their composition and structure being almost the same as natural hormones, the body absorbs them quicker and more easily, making them more effective in less time.
- Customizable – Since these are specially formulated and not standard over-the-counter drugs, they can be customized and made into compound hormones in the proportion required by patients, making a customized, more suitable solution for each patient.
Bio-identical hormones are usually administered based on a person’s need, the current state of functioning of their body, and the desired levels of hormones that are to be achieved. An analysis of the patient and their hormonal levels is carried out by testing either the blood, urine, or saliva.
It is important to consult an experienced medical practitioner when opting for bio-identical hormone therapy for andropause or menopause since hormone levels often fluctuate, more so in women where the variance can be noticed on an almost daily basis. Dr. A has helped hundreds of patients overcome issues like thyroid disorders, insulin resistance, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis. He has, however, achieved the greatest success in dealing with patients who experience andropause and menopause, especially in the early stages.
Dr. Adonis stresses greatly on individualized treatment, which essentially revolves around drawing up a consultation and treatment program specially designed for the patients’ requirements, needs, and health status. He has also shown great expertise in suggesting appropriate compound menopause hormone therapies for patients, incorporating their needs, allergies, and other sensitivities.