WHAT IS HORMONE
Care Advantage Medspa and Wellness in Merritt Island can help you feel better as you age and prevent diseases associated with aging with natural hormone replacement therapy. We are one of the leading providers of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy supplements and pellets in Brevard County.
Both women and men can experience hormone imbalances. When your hormones are out of balance (you have too much of one hormone and not enough of another), which can lead to chronic health issues.Hormones are an essential part of our bodies, from regulating our immune system to influencing growth, metabolism, and fertility. Our hormones generally decline through aging, menopause, disease, or trauma and are a major reason for our deterioration as we get older. Hormones are beneficial at any age, but the best long-term protective benefits are achieved if hormones are replaced when you begin to lose them, usually in our forties.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF
Most people will begin to develop symptoms slowly over time, so slowly that their progression at times are barely noticeable, and often gradually accepted as the normal and part of aging.
In women, hormone imbalances are most often associated with menopause, when menstruation ends and levels of estrogen and progesterone decrease. Symptoms may include hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, or depression, vaginal dryness, among others.
Men can experience a type of “male menopause” known as andropause, a condition that occurs with a decrease in levels of DHEA and testosterone, two male hormones. This hormonal imbalance can cause sexual dysfunction, low libido, muscle weakness, depression, insomnia, bone loss, among others.
If you are experiencing two or more of the symptoms listed, this is a sign that your hormones may be out of balance. The longer and more severe the symptoms occur, the greater the imbalance and should not go unchecked. Hormone balance is vital to peak aging and optimized health.
WHAT ARE NATURAL HORMONE REPLACEMENTS?
At Care Advantage, our Nurse Practitioner, Amanda Nolte is trained in the use of natural (bio-identical) hormone replacement therapy for both men and women. Bio-identical hormones are made using custom-compounded hormones derived from natural sources, instead of commercially produced synthetic hormones. Bio-identical hormones contain molecules that are biologically identical to your body’s own hormones and are available as an oral supplement or pellet.
Bio-identical hormone replacement pellets are all-natural estrogen and testosterone tiny pellets that are inserted just under the skin where the body can access them, as needed. The pellets deliver a consistent level of hormones and outperform the oral, patch, and topical creams with fewer side effects.
HOW DO I GET STARTED ON HORMONE REPLACEMENT?
Upon your first visit to Care Advantage, expect to spend a lot more time with Amanda than a conventional provider. You as the patient will do a lot of talking, as a large part of functional medicine is learning each individual's personal health history and diving deeper to explore root causes. You will be given a comprehensive evaluation that includes the following:
Review of personal health history and current symptoms/problems
Review of most recent blood work and discussion of further blood work that may need to be ordered
Diet and lifestyle overview
Review of current medications and supplements
Discuss an individualized prescription program with detailed steps