Bio-Identical Hormones

Based on our years of experience, the providers at New Horizons Wellness Center & MediSpa in The Woodlands / Spring, Texas found that hormones often interfere with or prevent weight loss. So, we use bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, in the form of natural creams, gels, pills, injections, and implants, to treat the problem.

Using bio-identical hormones can resolve menopause symptoms in women, low libido in men, improve your lifestyle and energy level, and get you back to feeling like yourself. Our bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can treat a variety of conditions in men and women.

To understand whether the difficulties you are experiencing may be associated with a hormonal problem, it is essential to have a basic understanding of hormones, how they work, what purposes they serve, and the signs and indications of a hormonal imbalance or deficiency.

Estrogen

Estrogen is a major female hormone that protects and nourishes the body in a variety of ways. Prior to menopause, estrogen is predominately made in the ovaries. After having a complete hysterectomy or going through menopause, estrogen is produced in much smaller quantities. This hormonal imbalance can cause a number of hormone-related problems such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Crying spells
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Weight gain
  • Cellulite
  • Low sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Frequent bladder infections
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis

If you are a woman experiencing any of these post-menopausal symptoms, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be a great solution to help relieve these symptoms and maintain your quality of life.

Progesterone

Most abundant in females, this hormone helps balance estrogen levels and works in combination with other hormones to protect, strengthen, and heal the body. Progesterone serves many purposes including:

  • Protecting against osteoporosis
  • Restoring sex drive
  • Using fat for energy
  • Helping with depression
  • Acting as a natural diuretic
  • Protecting against heart disease and fibrocystic breasts
  • Normalizing zinc and copper levels
  • Restoring proper cell oxygen levels
  • Promoting thyroid hormone action
  • Building strong bones
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Controlling blood sugar

Testosterone

While testosterone is the principal male sex hormone, it is also present in much smaller quantities in females. Both men and women need normal levels of testosterone for health and wellness. As we age, testosterone diminishes and so does sexual functioning. By restoring testosterone to youthful levels, both men and women may enjoy healthy sexual functioning throughout their lives.

Signs and symptoms of low testosterone may include:

  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Sexual dysfunction (weak erections, failure to get erections)
  • Depressed moods
  • Decreased sense of well-being
  • Increased body fat
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Decreased bone strength
  • Poor memory

DHEA

DHEA is a steroid hormone found in both males and females. It helps to produce over 50 other hormones in the body. Produced primarily by the adrenal glands, DHEA is needed to maintain bodily functions that affect hormones like estrogen and testosterone.

The health benefits of DHEA include:

  • Protects against aging and age-related illnesses
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease and improves heart health
  • Increases bone density to help prevent osteoporosis
  • Improves immune system functioning to fight autoimmune diseases
  • Improves sex drive
  • Enhances feelings of mental and physical well-being
  • Promotes a more relaxed feeling
  • Improves concentration
  • Increases muscle strength and physical mobility

Cortisol

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It helps the body respond to a variety of physical and emotional stressors, such as:

  • Extremely low calorie diets
  • Intense training
  • Lack of sleep
  • Family, marital, and work-related pressures
  • Confrontations with others
  • Trauma such as injury or surgery

As the “stress hormone,” cortisol is responsible for several stress-related changes in bodily functions and helps to regulate:

  • Immune function
  • Inflammatory response
  • Blood pressure
  • Glucose counter-regulation
  • Insulin release for blood sugar maintenance
  • Bone metabolism

Cortisol also increases the mobilization of free fatty acids, making them a more available energy source, and it decreases glucose utilization, sparing it for the brain. Cortisol also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and assists in cell repair.

Thyroid

Thyroid is a hormone that is needed for metabolic function. Without the thyroid hormone, we cannot survive. The thyroid gland utilizes iodine obtained from various foods such as breads, salts, and iodine-rich seafood to make thyroid hormones.

The signs and symptoms associated with thyroid deficiency are:

  • Poor energy/sluggishness
  • Joint pain
  • Poor memory
  • Depression
  • Irregular menstrual cycles or heavy bleeding
  • Decreased body temperature including cold hands and feet
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin and brittle nails
  • Increased cholesterol and blood pressure

Get Your Hormone Levels Tested Today

Your hormone levels can easily be tested at New Horizons Wellness Center in Spring, Texas. We offer simple, affordable, and convenient testing for our patients, along with specialized treatments for men and treatments for women, weight management programs, and of course, hormone replacement therapy. For an appointment, call our Woodlands / Spring wellness center at (281) 419-5544 or use our online appointment request form.

*The results described on this site are based on data collected regarding short- and intermediate-term efficacy of treatment. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.