Hormone balance can be influenced by a number of factors in men and women. Fluctuations in hormone levels occur throughout the lifecycle, some are just a natural part of aging while others may be the result of stress, toxic exposures, diet, or unhealthy sleep patterns. It is important to monitor your hormone levels throughout the lifespan and take action early to address imbalances before it affects your health or quality of life.
Benefits of Balanced Hormones
Achieving hormone balance offers men and women a number of benefits, such as more energy, better sleep, and stabilized moods, but beyond that, research has shown that hormone therapy improves overall health by reducing the risk of disease.
Late in 2015, the results of the Veterans Database Study found that men who treated low testosterone with testosterone therapy experienced a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, improved mood, sexual health, and improved physical fitness.
Among women, hormone therapy has been heralded as the best treatment for menopause, helping to reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms and, most importantly, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as, increased muscle tone, improved libido and overall.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
The symptoms of hormone imbalance may vary from person to person and evolve over time. For example, a woman may experience menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes during the early stages of menopause, but she may continue to experience these discomforts for years after menstrual cycle has stopped. Men often experience symptoms on an intermittent basis as testosterone levels begin to decline in his late 20s. Symptoms often become more frequent or compile as a man reaches middle age.
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Hair Loss
- Muscle loss
- Mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Low Energy
How does it work?
Following lab testing, a trained physician will review your results to determine if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is necessary for you. In some cases, BHRT may not be necessary; however lifestyle and environmental factors may change this need over time, so routine testing, along with a preventive health lifestyle is recommended to keep hormones balanced and maintain optimal health.
Novus Hormone Balancing Program
Consultation Fee – $300
Program Fees will vary, based on individual need and will be discussed during your consultation.
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are an exact structural replica of the hormones that are naturally produced by the body. The difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones is that, although both are created in labs, synthetic hormones are not identical to the hormones naturally created in your body while bioidentical hormones match human hormones molecule by molecule.
Depending on what your symptoms are and which hormone(s) your body needs, your practitioner may choose to prescribe bioidentical hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormones, DHEA, melatonin, or others as needed.
The only way to know if you need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is through specific laboratory testing. There are specific lab panels available to determine if your hormones are imbalanced that we can order for you here at Novus.
Novus Success Stories
As a man, it’s not exactly fun to admit that you don’t have much desire for sex. I thought it might be my thyroid, but my doctor told me I was fine. When I met with Stephanie and told her my issues, she knew it must be hormone related. Sure enough, my tests came back and my testosterone was nearly non-existent. I’ve been on the Novus program for almost 6 months now and I’ve gained almost 20 pounds of muscle, I feel decisive, and definitely have my sex drive back. I wish I met Stephanie 3 years ago. She saved me and my marriage. – Roy F. 30s
I’ve been a health nut my whole life. But the last 15 years, I’ve had this stubborn 10lbs that I couldn’t lose. Stephanie put me on bioidentical hormones and within a week, I felt amazing. I was sleeping better, had more energy and guess what? After a month, I lost those 10 pounds. Woohoo! Thank you, Stephanie! – Margo S. 40s
I’ve always been into fitness, but never could really get the body I wanted. I dieted, exercised like crazy, but never had that hard body definition I craved. Until I met Stephanie, I had no idea that all my hard work was being stunted by having a hormone imbalance. I’m a year into the program now, and I just signed up for my first bodybuilding competition – and I’m in my 40s! I finally have the body I’ve always dreamed of. – Gino L. 40s
I was already working with a doctor on my hormones because I was unhappy with how I felt and looked. I wasn’t seeing any results and a friend referred me to Novus. After my first consultation with Stephanie, I could tell she was far more knowledgeable than my doctor. She adjusted my medications and within a few weeks, everything changes. I’m no longer getting injured in the gym and I finally have 6 pack! So awesome! – Mark D. 40s
I had no idea that my adult acne was being caused by my hormones. People throw that word around so casually, but I don’t think they know what they are talking about. Stephanie got on a program that worked so quickly. I’ve lost weight, my skin is clear and I feel amazing! – Natalie 30s
Menopause can be a time of irritating symptoms for most women. These include weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, and much more. While a quarter of women have severe symptoms, only a small proportion of menopausal women currently take hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Symptoms of menopause last far longer than most women anticipate.
HRT is an effective treatment for the typical menopause-related symptoms but it also helps with the long-term health problems associated with the menopause – the risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. HRT involves the administration of synthetic estrogen and progestogen to replace a woman’s depleting hormone levels and thus alleviate menopausal symptoms. Alleviating these symptoms helps women to continue to live their best lives, without the suffering that menopause can cause.
Types of HRT
Common types of HRT use different combinations and delivery of the hormones. While we will prescribe the lowest possible dosage to treat your symptoms, the process may take some trial and error. HRT can be in the form of creams, gels, vaginal rings, tablets, and skin patches. When HRT is no longer necessary the client will stop using it gradually. Here are the different kinds of HRT:
- Estrogen-only HRT
- Women who have had a hysterectomy where their uterus, or womb, and ovaries have been removed do not need progesterone.
- Cyclical, or Sequential HRT
- Women who are still menstruating but have perimenopausal-like symptoms can use Cyclical or Sequential HRT. Cycles may be monthly, with an estrogen plus progestogen dose at the end of the menstrual cycle for 14 days, or a daily dose of estrogen and progestogen for 14 days every 13 weeks.
- Continuous HRT
- A women may use Continuous HRT during post menopause. The client takes a continuous combination of estrogen and progestogen.
- Long-Cycle HRT
- Long-Cycle HRT causes withdrawal bleeds every 3 months. Its safety has been described as “questionable.”
- Local estrogen
- This includes vaginal tablets, creams, or rings. It can help with urogenital problems, including dry vagina and irritations.
Why Choose HRT?
HRT is useful because Progesterone and estrogen are important hormones in a woman’s reproductive system. Estrogen stimulates the release of eggs, and progesterone prepares the womb for egg implantation. As a natural part of the life process, the supply of eggs diminishes over time. As the number of eggs falls, so does estrogen production.
Most women will start to experience these changes in hormone levels during their late 40s. This can lead to hot flashes and other problems. HRT can bring relief to the following:
- Vaginal dryness
- Bone thinning, or osteoporosis
- Urinary problems
- Thinning hair
- Sleep problems
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Lower fertility
- Irregular periods
- Concentration and memory difficulties
How to Begin HRT
Speak to your doctor if you are interested in starting HRT. You can normally begin HRT as soon as you start experiencing menopausal symptoms and will not usually need to have any tests first. Your doctor can explain the different types of HRT available and help you choose one that is suitable for you. You will usually start off on a low dose, which we can increase at a later stage.
It may take a few weeks to feel the effects of treatment and there may be some side effects at first. Your doctor will normally recommend trying treatment for three months to see if it helps. If it does not, they may suggest changing your dose or changing the type of HRT you are taking.
Weighing Benefits & Risks
There is no single way to ensure the best possible quality of life around menopause and beyond. Each woman is unique and must weigh her discomfort against her fear of treatment. While there is some risk, it is only as the possibility or chance of harm and not that there will be any harm. Medical professionals modify their views about the role of hormones as professionals in the scientific field conduct more research.
Experts agree that there is much they still have to learn. Although recent studies have provided some clarity for large populations, they don’t necessarily address all of the issues an individual woman faces. Only she, with the counsel of her healthcare providers, can do that. Many factors will be part of a woman’s decision to use a particular hormone product—her age, her risks, her preferences, available treatment options, and the cost of the product.
Only after examining and understanding her own situation and after a thorough consultation with her clinician can a woman make the best treatment choice. As new therapies and guidelines are available, and as a woman’s body changes over time, reevaluation and adjustments should be made.
If you would like to learn more about hormone replacement therapy and the various treatments we provide, call (310) 907-8465 to schedule a consultation.