Hormones Used with Bioidentical Hormones
Marsha Gorens, M.D. in Chicago, Illinois specializes in using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to help men and women recover from hormonal imbalances and decline. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help men and women to replace hormones that become deficient due to aging, stress, or lifestyle factors. The body’s hormonal network is comprised of several hormones that are responsible for regulating the body’s functions and helping it to maintain equilibrium. Functions such as metabolism, reproduction, sleeping, digestion, and immune function are all regulated by hormones. Because hormones are all connected and in many cases are dependent on each other, when one hormone falls out of harmony, all of the other hormones can become affected. The body has several important hormones in the body, and when they are deficient, many issues can arise as a result.
Some of the hormones that Dr. Gorens can balance with Bioidentical Hormones include:
The term estrogen actually describes the functioning of estradiol, estriol, and estrone. Estrogen is primarily a female hormone produced in the ovaries, fat tissue, or adrenal glands. Men also create small amounts of estrogen in their testes. As girls go through puberty, the proper levels of estrogen help to ensure breast development and a healthy uterine lining for future menstruation and pregnancy. Estrogen in male puberty causes deepening of the voice, growth of facial hair, and muscle development. Restoring healthy levels of estrogen can improve sleep, strengthen bones, increase skin elasticity, and maintain youthfulness.
Without progesterone, your body cannot produce the other hormones it needs. This includes estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol. Your body produces progesterone naturally from cholesterol and then turns it into pregnenolone, which in turn helps to produce the other hormones. It is integral for strong brain functioning, regulating blood sugar, having a healthy libido, and regulation the production of thyroid hormones. Balancing progesterone with Bioidentical Hormones can prevent estrogen dominance and maintain the essential functions of progesterone.
This primarily male hormone is also present in smaller amounts in women. Both genders experience the effects of too little testosterone, including weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, depression, and low sex drive. In addition, men with unbalanced testosterone levels may experience unwanted breast growth. Restoring testosterone to healthy levels with Bioidentical Hormones can improve libido, muscle tone, and energy.
This hormone controls the function of many others, including estrogen and progesterone. During the natural course of aging, you may lose up to 60 percent of the pregnenolone your body needs to sustain energy. It is also responsible for memory and alertness. An unbalanced level of pregnenolone contributes to depression, fatigue, and stress. Balancing pregnenolone can protect the nervous system and balance moods.
The thyroid is a tiny gland in your neck that controls all of the functions of your adrenal system. When your body produces too much or too little thyroid hormone, you may experience weight gain, depression, fatigue, cold sensations, hot flashes, and many other unpleasant symptoms. Balancing thyroid hormone can help to promote weight loss, balance body temperature, and improve moods.
Depending on your presenting symptoms, your Chicago Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy specialist, Marsha Gorens, M.D. may order a blood or urine test to determine your current hormone levels. With this knowledge Dr. Gorens will then decide which Bioidentical Hormones you require for maximum symptom relief.