Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Wouldn’t it be great if you could halt the aging process and the effect it has on your body? With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), you can do just that. While treatment with replacement hormones won’t stop you from getting older, it can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of hormonal imbalance commonly attributed to aging.

Vienna, Virginia Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor, Melinda Hall, M.D., a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy specialist in Fairfax County, works with patients who are experiencing decreased satisfaction in life because of problems caused by an imbalance in their hormones. The normal process of aging is the most typical cause of this, but there are also several other reasons your hormones could be out of balance.

Adrenal Fatigue

This condition is one that is most often overlooked and misdiagnosed by traditional doctors. The adrenals in your body are responsible for producing hormones that help you manage stress from physical, social, and emotional triggers. It also helps you fight off infectious diseases. When you experience high levels of stress, your adrenal glands can’t keep up. They literally become fatigued, hence the name of the condition. Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Cravings for salt and sugar
  • Extreme tiredness even when you’ve gotten enough sleep
  • Frequent infections and minor illnesses
  • Rapid mood shifts, including feeling depressed
  • Lack of focus and concentration
  • Low sex drive

Andropause

Andropause is the clinical name for male menopause. It typically begins in a man’s 40s due to decreased production of testosterone that started a decade earlier. Men who are dealing with hormonal imbalance typically exhibit these symptoms:

  • Fatigue or insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Lack of motivation
  • Weight gain
  • Erectile dysfunction and/or low sexual libido

Fibromyalgia

When a person has fibromyalgia, he or she has abnormal levels of chemicals in the brain. This interferes with nerve signals the brain sends to the rest of the body. The problems associated with fibromyalgia include the following:

  • Aching muscles
  • Fatigue, insomnia, and other sleep disorders
  • Changes in skin temperature
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Immune system deficiency
  • Brain fog

Menopause and Perimenopause

Menopause is the medical term doctors use to describe women who have not had a menstrual period for at least one full year. However, symptoms of perimenopause can start up to 10 years before a woman actually stops menstruating. This can be a miserable time of life for women who experience several of the following menopause-related problems:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Irregular periods leading up to menopause
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Breast tenderness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Water retention
  • Incontinence
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia and other sleep disturbances
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Less interest in physical intimacy with partner
  • Weight gain and difficulty losing body fat

Thyroid Disorders

Melinda Hall, M.D. sees many patients in the Vienna Virginia area whose doctors have told them that their lab work is normal as far as thyroid function is concerned. Because your thyroid affects every cell in your body, it is crucial to balance your hormone levels to optimize the functioning of your thyroid. Symptoms associated with an underactive or overactive thyroid include:

  • Problems with digestion
  • Weight gain or unintended weight loss
  • Difficulty regulating body temperature
  • Liver function issues
  • Low blood count leading to anemia
  • High cholesterol readings
  • Unstable moods
  • Heart function problems
  • Infertility, including low sperm counts in men
  • Decreased sex drive

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Improve All of These Problems

Melinda Hall, M.D. chooses to use bioidentical hormones over synthetic hormones for a few obvious reasons. One is that they match the cell structure and physical make-up of hormones your body produces very closely. Both women and men achieve symptom relief faster and experience fewer side effects when they undergo hormone replacement therapy with bioidentical hormones.

If you struggle with even one of these symptoms, it’s too many. There is no reason for you to suffer. To start feeling better in the next couple of weeks, schedule an appointment with Vienna, Virginia Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor, Melinda Hall, M.D. today. After determining your current hormone levels, he devises a treatment plan especially for you. She will also discuss the various methods of completing Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and consider your input before starting your treatment regimen. Regardless of your age or gender, replacing the hormones your body has lost through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can put you back in control of your life.