Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Houston Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Julie Beth Yelin, M.D. at Choose Health Wellness Center in The Woodlands, Texas offers Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to men and women in the greater Houston area suffering from conditions that have developed due to hormonal imbalances or decline. Julie Beth Yelin, M.D. offers customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs that can reduce the signs and symptoms of aging, stress, and hormone decline. Countless men and women have achieved optimal health from her expert Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapies in Houston.
Julie Beth Yelin, M.D. treats these conditions with BHRT:
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
Women and men under high levels of chronic stress often suffer from hormone imbalances in their adrenal glands. This is because the adrenal glands produce a small amount of sex hormones that can be broken down and converted into cortisol, which is the anti-stress hormone. High levels of stress for an extended period of time can cause the adrenal glands to release cortisol. When cortisol and other important adrenal hormones, such as DHEA and pregnenolone become depleted, a person may begin to suffer from Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. This syndrome can cause men and women to feel both mentally and physically fatigued, crave salty or sweet snacks, have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, feel burnt out, and experience insomnia, headaches, or body aches.
A lack of thyroid hormone production can lead to the condition known as hypothyroidism, and because thyroid hormone controls numerous functions in the human body, imbalances can cause numerous health conditions to occur. Hyperthyroidism can cause patients to experience sudden weight gain, thinning hair, cold limbs, constipation, an intolerance to cold, depression, fatigue, and lethargy. Balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help men and women to restore thyroid hormone balance and reduce the symptoms that result from low thyroid hormone production.
Anxiety and Depression
Hormones play a role in neurological functions and moods, and low levels of certain hormones can affect neurotransmitters that send messages of peace and calmness throughout the brain. Reduced levels of progesterone can reduce GABA receptors, which help both women and men to have a sense of emotional wellbeing. Fluctuations in testosterone can lead to depression, and low levels of estrogen may also lead to anxiety. Balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce anxiety and depression, while helping women and men to feel less anxious and depressed.
A hormonal imbalance refers abnormally high or low levels of hormones (e.g., estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisol and DHEA). Hormonal imbalance can have many causes such as trauma, menopause, adrenal fatigue, andropause, medication or stress. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance include, but are not limited to hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, mood swings, sleep apnea, weight gain, gynecomastia (e.g., male breasts) muscle loss, memory loss, low libido, erectile dysfunction and vaginal dryness. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can improve hormonal imbalance by checking current levels of hormones and supplementing them with Bioidentical Hormones. Many of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance will lessen or cease with appropriate hormone levels.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome often involves the alternation of constipation with diarrhea. This condition may be exacerbated with hormonal imbalances. Often, stress and adrenal hormone imbalances trigger IBS. When a person is stressed, the adrenal glands release a hormone known as cortisol, and the body inhibits contractions in the intestines that push food through them. Cortisol can slow digestion and cause digestive imbalances. Balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can improve digestion, reducing the symptoms of IBS.
Physicians now agree that the loss of valuable hormones is responsible for premature aging, and hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone help men and women to retain their youthfulness. Estrogen helps to maintain skin elasticity, while testosterone promotes muscle tone and a healthy metabolism. Many people that have declining hormone levels often experience thinning hair, wrinkling skin, weight gain, and muscle atrophy. Maintaining hormonal balance can allow men and women to prevent premature aging and maintain a more youthful appearance.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an illness that may be exacerbated with hormonal decline. Because hormones play a large role in immune function, declining hormones can cause the immune system to break down. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome closely mimics the flu, and it causes a person to feel mental and physical fatigue that lasts more than one entire day. Other symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may include a chronic sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, body aches, insomnia, joint pain, muscle pain, and a poor memory.
Many women and men going through age related hormone decline or that have high levels of stress can experience insomnia. People may experience sleeping issues that often include trouble falling or staying asleep. In women, perimenopause and menopause can cause fluctuations in hormones, such as estrogen that work to set the body’s sleeping cycles. In men, changes in testosterone and melatonin that occur during andropause can lead to sleeping problems. Balancing essential hormones can regulate the body’s internal clock and sleep cycles, which can help both men and women to eradicate insomnia.
When thyroid hormone falls out of balance, a person may experience hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. In cases of hypothyroidism, the body does not produce enough thyroid hormone, which can lead to issues that include sudden weight gain, intolerance to cold, constipation, hair loss, irregular periods, depression, and fatigue. For people that develop an excess amount of thyroid hormone, the condition of hyperthyroidism can develop, which produces symptoms that include intolerance to heat, thinning hair, bulging eyes, goiter, a faster heart rate, increased bowel movements, and unexplained weight loss. Houston Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Julie Beth Yelin, M.D. at Choose Health Wellness Center has helped many patients to overcome thyroid disorders.
Low levels of essential sex hormones can lead to low libido in men and women of any age. In younger people, low libido may occur due to stress. The adrenal glands produce a small amount of sex hormones. They can get worn down from stress and produce fewer sex hormones, which may reduce libido. In aging men and women, the body generally produces a smaller amount of sex hormones, which can reduce the energy and desire for sexual activity. Men going through andropause and women experiencing perimenopause or menopause may feel that they have a lower sex drive. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help women and men replenish deficient hormones and regain a healthy libido.
Women and men both commonly experience headaches for different reasons, and hormonal imbalances can often be connected to chronic headaches. Women going through PMS, perimenopause, or menopause may have headaches due to hormonal fluctuations and deficiencies. Men experiencing andropause can also have hormone related headaches as a result of age related changes. Hormones affect the way blood flows, and if blood cannot flow smoothly through the vessels, stagnation may result, which can cause headaches. For both men and women, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to diminish hormonal fluctuations and reduce recurrent headaches.
Weight Loss Resistance
In women, imbalances between estrogen and progesterone are often to blame for weight loss resistance. Low levels of progesterone can lead to water retention, and reduced estrogen can cause the body to hold onto fat because it contains estrogen. Restoring hormones to healthy levels can help women to reduce body fat. In men, lower levels of testosterone can cause body fat to accumulate, which increases estrogen levels. The increased estrogen in the body fat can further suppress testosterone, causing more fat to build up. Replenishing hormones to healthy levels can break this vicious cycle and help men to lose body fat and reduce estrogen levels.
Many women and men suffer from GI disorders that can greatly reduce the quality of life. Low levels of important hormones may be at the root of several different gastrointestinal issues. GI problems that include indigestion, Crohn’s Disease, proctitis, and colitis can potentially be improved through balancing hormones. Because hormones work to regulate several aspects of metabolism and digestion, restoring hormones to healthy levels can greatly improve digestive function, the immune system, and parts of the digestive tract.
In women, acne breakouts are common during PMS or perimenopause, and this may be due to fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels. Estrogen helps to keep the skin clear and lustrous and imbalances can lead to acne breakouts. In men, testosterone imbalances may cause the sebaceous glands to produce high amounts of oil, which can cause the skin to break out in acne. Restoring balance to hormone levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce skin inflammation and oil production, which can decrease the instances of acne breakouts.
Hormone related changes are often at the root of mood swings. During female perimenopause and menopause and male andropause, both men and women can suffer from increased amounts of anxiety, depression, anger outbursts, irritability, and sadness. This can be due to the fluctuations of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These three hormones affect neurological functions and brain chemistry. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to restore hormone balance and reduce the mental ups and downs associated with hormonal decline.
Both men and women can experience night sweats, which are usually due to hormonal changes. In women, low levels of estrogen can cause the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, to receive irregular signals. In men, fluctuations in testosterone can lead to the body’s inability to cool itself, and men may wake up wet with sweat in the middle of the night. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to regulate body temperature and reduce the occurrences of night sweats in both men and women.
Many women going through menopause or perimenopause suffer from hot flashes. When hormones such as estrogen begin to decline, the body’s temperature has difficulty regulating itself because hormones are responsible for signaling the body when to cool itself down or heat up. For this reason, women may experience hot flashes. Men can also have issues regulating body temperature when their hormones decline. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can allow men and women to balance their hormones and experience a more regular body temperature.
Excessive thyroid hormone production can create the condition known as hyperthyroidism. Patients with hyperthyroidism may experience thinning hair, heart palpitations, sudden weight loss, tachycardia, intolerance to heat, anxiety, and nervousness. Because the typical treatment for hyperthyroidism involves completely killing the function of the thyroid gland, patients are typically left with a deficiency of thyroid hormone. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help patients with thyroid imbalances to regulate their levels of thyroid hormone using a form that is identical to what is produced in the human body.
Increased allergies can result from poor immune function and increased inflammation. In the body, certain hormones work to reduce inflammation and improve immunity, and when these hormones decline, men and women can experience an increased amount of allergies, which may occur in the form of rhinitis, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, skin rashes, itching, or digestive issues. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help men and women to balance their hormones, helping the body to improve overall immune function and lower inflammatory responses.
Alopecia is a condition that causes a person to lose large amounts of hair on their scalp or body, and some of this hair loss may be hormone related. In women, hormonal fluctuations after pregnancy can lead to hair loss, and for women going through menopause or perimenopause, hair loss may also occur. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help women to reverse hair loss and grow thicker, more lustrous hair. In men, hair loss can occur during andropause (male hormone decline), and during this time, men may lose healthy testosterone, leading to a rise in dihydrotestosterone. This type of testosterone kills healthy hair follicles, but Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce this form of testosterone by balancing free testosterone, which may prevent further hair loss.
In men and women, outbursts of unnecessary anger may be the result of hormonal fluctuations. Often during menopause, women experience increased anger because of the loss of estrogen, which increases the neurotransmitter GABA. In men, testosterone fluctuations can trigger increased aggression in the brain. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help both men and women to regain hormone balance and improve their sense of wellbeing.
Water Retention is often caused by a lack of progesterone because it is a natural diuretic, and this can occur in women during PMS, perimenopause, or menopause. Retaining water can also happen in men as a result of imbalanced hormones. Balancing progesterone and other hormones can help to reduce water retention, bloating, and gas. Bioidentical Hormones can help men and women to lose water weight and feel more slender around the middle. Houston Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Julie Beth Yelin, M.D. at Choose Health Wellness Center has helped many patients to reduce water retention.
Imbalances in hormones that occur during both male and female hormone decline can lead to an ongoing low-grade fever. In the body, hormones help to regulate the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, and when they fall out of balance, the body cannot efficiently regulate temperature. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to replenish deficient hormones and improve the functioning of the hypothalamus. Patients can reduce low-grade fevers, hot flashes, and night sweats through the use of Bioidentical Hormones.
Psoriasis is a common autoimmune skin condition that affects millions of individuals. This disease occurs when the skin produces skin cells faster than the healthy skin cells can die away and flake off, which leads to plaque formation on the skin. People may also experience redness, itching, swelling, and flaking of the skin in several places. While there may be several treatment protocols to help reduce the effects of this condition, such as detoxification, dietary changes, and medications, balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be the key to correcting immune function. If a hormone imbalance is present with this skin condition, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can correct it, which may improve the skin and immune system.
Eczema is another autoimmune skin condition occurring when the body attacks healthy skin cells to produce itching, redness, and flaking of the skin. This condition can be improved through reducing stress, eliminating certain foods, detoxification, and improving nutrition. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may also be able to help reduce the symptoms of eczema because balancing hormones can help to improve digestive health and immune function. Patients with eczema may be able to experience healthier and more radiant skin with the help of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Both men and women can suffer from urinary issues due to hormonal imbalances. In women, urinary incontinence, cystitis, or dribbling can result from atrophy of the bladder muscle due to hormone loss. Supplementing deficient hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to improve the muscle tone of the bladder and reduce urinary dribbling, frequency, and inflammation. In men, an enlarged prostate may occur due to lower testosterone and increased estrogen levels, which can press on the urinary bladder to cause urgency and frequency. Improving testosterone levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to lower estrogen levels, improve prostate health, and reduce urinary urgency and frequency.
Countless individuals suffer from pain and inflammation in various parts of their bodies due to traumas, old injuries, or autoimmune conditions. Several natural therapies or medications may be able to reduce pain, and balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can also help to lower inflammation to reduce pain. In the body, hormones help to regulate pain receptors, and a lack of hormone balance can increase the activation of pain receptors. Replenishing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce sensations of pain and improve a person’s overall quality of life.
Houston Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Julie Beth Yelin, M.D. at Choose Health Wellness Center has helped many women and men in the greater Houston, Texas area to improve conditions that are associated with hormonal decline.