Healthy Aging Medical Centers of New Jersey offer concierge medicine and advanced women’s health programs to help women navigate through health challenges related to hormonal imbalances. The initial consultation will involve a review of the woman’s entire medical history, discussing health goals, and deciding which labs are necessary to use for the selection of a treatment protocol. After the initial consultation, women will know exactly how to optimize their hormones, balance their diets, and reduce vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Women going through their reproductive years can benefit from the clinic’s safe and non-invasive therapies, and they can receive guidance as to which steps to take towards greater health and wellness. One of the clinic’s premiere therapies includes bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, which can help women suffering from hormonal imbalances to regain balance and reduce hormone related symptoms. The clinic’s comprehensive Healthy Aging Female Program can help women improve their health, quality of life, and overall vitality. In women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, hormones can be rebalanced using bio-identical hormones, which may be augmented with specialized nutritional or weight loss protocols.
What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a syndrome that causes numerous fluid-filled sacs, which are known as cysts, to surround the ovaries, and this can cause numerous issues for women. This syndrome occurs when a woman’s body produces too many androgens or male hormones, such as DHEA and testosterone. Healthy women produce small amounts of testosterone, which is needed to help maintain libido, muscle mass, and energy levels. However, in women with PCOS, an excessive amount of testosterone production leads to several unwanted symptoms. PCOS may also occur when the ratios of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) are imbalanced with Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), which are hormones that play a role in ovulation and the menstrual period. This syndrome may also occur due to high stress, which causes women to produce high amounts of cortisol. High cortisol levels can disrupt the functioning of prolactin, which is a hormone that naturally helps other hormones to become balanced. Any of these factors can lead to the development of Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, but the common denominator in the causes of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is hormonal imbalance. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help women experiencing PCOS to balance their hormones and reduce the many symptoms of PCOS.
Some of the other symptoms of PCOS may include:
- Facial Hair Growth
- Ovarian Cysts
- Irregular Periods
- High Blood Pressure
- Body Hair Growth
- Thinning Scalp Hair
- Weight Gain
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome may be able to overcome their symptoms by balancing hormones and regaining overall levels of health and wellness. Some of the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for women with PCOC may include:
Thicker Scalp Hair
One of the more difficult symptoms of PCOS for women to deal with is the loss of their scalp hair, and this may be due to elevated levels of testosterone. While some testosterone in the female body is healthy, irregular amounts of testosterone can change existing testosterone into another form called dihydrotestosterone, and this form of testosterone leads to the death of hair follicles and creates hair loss. Balancing hormone levels with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may help women to prevent more hair loss, and it can help women to grow thicker and more lustrous hair.
Hormone imbalances can also adversely affect moods, and women with imbalanced sex hormones, such as progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone may have increased depression, anger, or anxiety, depending upon the imbalance. Higher levels of testosterone may lead to increased anger or depression, and lower levels of estrogen or progesterone can lead to anxiety, nervousness, irritability, or depression. Balancing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help women to improve their moods and overall sense of wellbeing.
Heightened amounts of male hormones can lead to more oil production in the sebaceous glands, and women with imbalanced hormones and PCOS may suffer from acne. While testosterone may promote oil production, estrogen helps women to have clearer and more lustrous skin, and for this reason, balancing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help women to have clearer skin and reduce acne.
Despite all efforts to eat right and exercise, many women with PCOS suffer from obesity because of latent hormonal imbalances. Usually issues with weight gain are related to imbalances within progesterone and estrogen, and when these imbalances occur women may encounter weight loss resistance. Because testosterone is an anabolic steroidal hormone, women with higher amounts may also have a tendency to keep weight on. Using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to balance hormones can help women to overcome weight loss resistance and the challenges of obesity.
The reproductive system is regulated with hormones, and in order for women to be fertile, the female sex hormones must all be in alignment. In women with PCOS, often periods and ovulation are irregular due to hormonal imbalances within testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, LH, and FSH. Creating balance with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help women’s menstrual cycles and ovulation to become more regular, which can increase the chances for fertility.
The clinicians at Healthy Aging Medical Centers in New Jersey will fully analyze blood work, discuss dietary and exercise habits, and assess different bodily systems in order to determine the correct treatment plan. Testing for genetic markers that raise the risks for cancer, heart disease, and obesity may also be assessed as a part of the patients’ wellness plan. Other services such as IV vitamin treatments, testing for vitamin and mineral deficiencies or food allergies may also be used to help relieve the effects of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and improve overall levels of health and wellness. Many women have taken advantage of the clinic’s comprehensive health programs, and they have been able to live happier and healthier lives as a result.