The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Audra Foster, N.D. at Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center is a Santa Cruz Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist that guides patients back to health using individualized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans. Never taking a one-size-fits-all approach, Doctor Foster develops Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs based on individual imbalances, and because no two patients are alike, no two Bioidentical hormone prescriptions will be the same. Her unique plans can help men and women to obtain a wide number of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. With the help of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Doctor Foster’s patients have been able to feel and look more youthful.

There are many benefits and advantages to working with Santa Cruz Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Audra Foster. One of the most important benefits and advantages of using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is that the dosages can be tailored to each individual’s unique hormone requirements. Hormone balance is extremely delicate, and each person is different. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy supports this individual approach and fine tuning for optimal benefits.

Our staff of Physicians are highly educated and trained in the effective use of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for the relief of symptoms caused by age-related hormone imbalance in women and men. By providing hormones that are an exact biochemical match of your own hormones, it is possible to restore your hormones back to the balance you had in your 20’s and 30’s.

The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy in woman and men who suffer from low to normal hormone imbalance levels known as Menopause, Perimenopause, Andropause, also known as Male Menopause, are substantial and often include:

  • Improved sexual performance
  • Improved lipid and cholesterol levels
  • Improved prostate health
  • Improved blood sugar balance
  • Improved mood and outlook
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • More strength and energy
  • Improved well being
  • Greater libido
  • Reduced aches and pains
  • Better quality of sleep
  • Improved muscle mass

Menopause and Perimenopause in Women:

Menopause is a condition that every healthy woman will experience as she reaches middle age, typically between the ages of 35-59. It is a natural, gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted, meaning a full year has passed since her last menstrual cycle. Women going through menopause often experience a combination of some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats and/or cold flashes
  • Irritability,
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden tears
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Urinary urgency
  • Inability to sleep through the night
  • Clammy skin
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

 

Perimenopause is the word that describes the time when a woman’s body transitions from her fertile, child-bearing years into middle age. During this natural transition, the body undergoes biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production.

Every woman’s experience is different, but common symptoms of perimenopause include:

  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

Menopause treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms and on preventing or lessening chronic conditions that may occur with aging.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy using Estrogen therapy remains, by far, the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes. Depending on your personal and family medical history, your doctor may recommend estrogen to provide symptom relief for you.

Andropause and Male Menopause in Men:

As men age, their testosterone levels steadily decline once they hit 30 and then dramatically drop in their 40’s and 50’s. Growing older is hard enough for men without having to needlessly suffer from declines in testosterone hormone levels. The declines in hormones, for men, are not as sharp and sudden as a women’s decline during menopause. They may not feel drastic physical changes but rather small dips in their energy level, stamina, mental function, and sense of well being among other things.

When men think of diminished testosterone levels, they do not usually relate this to decreased enjoyment of life; however, men may notice a decline in their competitive drive or decreased enthusiasm for things previously enjoyed.

Andropause is the period in a man’s life that is marked by a drop in the levels of the male hormone, testosterone. Normally occurring between the ages of 45 and 55, andropause is slow, steady reduction in testosterone levels.

Andropause is often accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue and energy loss
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Occasional bouts of impotence
  • Mood swings
  • Loss in physical strength and agility

The treatment for Andropause (male menopause) is typically diagnosed by a physician who specializes in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Why should you use Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones have been successfully used by men and women for decades. In well known medical journals, researchers have reported that the bioidentical hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are not only safe but also have a positive impact on some diseases like osteoporosis and prostate cancer.

Santa Cruz Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Audra Foster, N.D. at Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center takes the time to listen to patients’ symptoms and concerns, and she performs the appropriate testing needed to help patients correct imbalances. Doctor Foster offers safe and effective Bioidentical Hormone prescriptions, and she uses the minimal dosages required to help patients regain balance. Offering Bioidentical Hormones in various delivery forms, Audra Foster, N.D. takes patients’ preferences for delivery methods into account when she is prescribing a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program. As a Santa Cruz Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Audra Foster, N.D. has helped many patients to regain wellness.