Women's Health in Naples
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Women's health in Naples is important. Women suffering from early menopause-like symptoms can get help. Whether you suffer from mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, foggy thinking, memory issues or low sex drive, you can benefit from hormone balancing. With a detailed evaluation and a custom plan for hormone replacement, you can restore natural balance and live well.
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are hormone structures with the exact shape and composition of endogenous (naturally occurring) hormones. Bioidentical hormones are made in a laboratory from plant extracts. Bioidentical hormones, estrogens and progestins have the same formula and structure as endogenous hormones, hence the term “Bioidentical”. This is the reason why our bodies can metabolize them naturally as it was designed to do, and it is also why there are no untoward or unnatural side effects with bioidentical hormones.
Made from equine urine and plant based products, these substances are not identical and come with a multitude of potential side effects. These substances are unique & patented. Synthetic hormones act as toxins since their chemical makeup cannot be metabolized properly. This is why traditional hormone therapy has adverse side effects that in many cases are worse than the symptoms being treated. These xenoestrogens are not natural to the human body and have potencies much higher than human estrogens. As a result, it is associated with the potential cancer risk so frequently referenced in the debate over hormone replacement. Essentially, it is not replacing the hormones that is the issue. It’s how the hormones are replaced.
Many women are scared by the association between estrogen and cancer. The studies linking estrogen to breast, ovarian and uterine cancer are all based on “synthetic” estrogens which iheal does not use or even suggest for consideration. There are no studies that look at bioidenticals and cancer because drug studies require funding and funding only occurs with a “drug patent” pay day. Because bioidenticals look just like our hormones, they cannot be patented, which is why drug companies and the federal government don’t sponsor studies. They only interpret data given to them by the people who fund the studies, which happen to be the same people who benefit when the government approves the drug.
Your body chemistry works together like a well tuned engine; with just one hormone out of balance, the engine does not operate as it should. In fact, it can throw everything off. The simplest way to express it is that hormones are like chess, not checkers. Unfortunately so may providers like to move a piece without accounting for the other pieces in play. Likewise, using synthetics or only looking at one hormone without accounting for the delicate balance of the entire system is like playing checkers rather than chess.
iheal hormone therapy
- A comprehensive review of symptoms, including medical, family and personal history
- Testing – saliva, urine and/or blood laboratory analysis
- Natural hormone balancing
- Ongoing evaluations
- Quality compounded pharmacy
- Highest quality supplements
- Nutrition planning
- Stress reduction plans
- DHEA in Women
DHEA is oftentimes referred to as the “mother of all hormones.” It is like the headwaters of a river that eventually contributes to the formation of other hormones. Women need adequate levels of DHEA to balance other key hormones throughout the body. DHEA contributes to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. The adrenal glands are responsible for the creation of DHEA. As stress accumulates or the years add up, levels of DHEA can decline.
In today’s world we, as people, deal with increased levels of stress at almost all times. Work, family, money, relationships, etc. all play a role in increasing stress levels. When stress is high, cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands to help manage stress. However, over time it can be challenging for the adrenals to keep up production of adequate amounts of DHEA when they are constantly providing hormones to deal with stress. This condition is called “adrenal fatigue” and can be assessed through history and lab studies.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue & low DHEA symptoms include:
- Weight gain
- Aching joints
- Low libido
Increasing DHEA levels can:
- Improve libido
- Rebuild muscle
- Help us lose weight
- Improve memory
- Improve the immune system
- Increase energy levels
- Adrenal Fatigue
The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys. They have the responsibility for producing hormones that we need to live optimally. The adrenals have 3 layers, each producing unique hormones to control salt, balance, sugar levels and sex hormones.
The adrenals are responsible for equipping the body to handle stress and in particular for managing the chemicals required for fight or flight responses. In today’s world, we all exist in prolonged periods of high stress. This stress eventually fatigues even the best adrenals. However, even before the adrenals give out, many people will suffer from imbalances in hormones as a result of the adrenals being unable to produce adequate levels of essential hormones. This is a result of excess bio capital being used for the production of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Adrenal fatigue and stress go hand in glove. The adrenal glands, which are two triangle-shaped glands found above the kidneys, are responsible for regulating the reaction to stress. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone. The adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to stress, low blood sugar, excitement and exercise. Under normal circumstances, the adrenal glands secrete the highest amount of cortisol within the first hours of waking and slowly decrease production as the day progresses. However, under periods of high or prolonged stress, the ability of the adrenals to produce adequate amounts of appropriately-timed cortisol is negatively affected.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
If stress remains excessive for a prolonged length of time, the adrenal glands respond by producing the adrenal hormone cortisol continually. This over-exertion taxes the adrenal glands to the point where the glands are unable to produce the required levels of cortisol to keep up with demand. Eventually, as the levels remain insufficient, patients will notice severe fatigue, abnormal sleep/wake cycles, depression and diminished sex drive. As previously mentioned, the adrenals work to pump out cortisol but at the detriment of other hormones, in particular DHEA (Dehydroepiandosterone) which is a precursor to the formation of many other hormones.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
- Mid-day fatigue
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Emerging allergies
- Sensitivity to chemicals
- Increased susceptibility to infections
- Reduced stress tolerance
- Weakened immune function
- Inability to sleep through the night
- Aching joints
- Diminished sex drive
- A tendency to feel cold (many individuals and doctors often
- misdiagnose hypothyroidism)
- Craving for salt and sweets
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass and strength
The first step in treating adrenal fatigue is identifying it. Because of the similarity in symptoms, many patients could be treated for thyroid disease and never get the cause of their symptoms adequately addressed. The intitial encounter would involve a detailed history to allow for identification of previously overlooked or unaddressed symptoms that could provide clues to the real issue. A comprehensive lab assessment would take place to allow identification and quantification of symptoms. Typically, adrenal fatigue does not exist alone, hence iheal takes a comprehensive approach to ensure that thyroid and sex hormones are not contributing factors.
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