Everyone knows that, at a certain age, women go through a process called menopause, characterized by hot flashes. Other symptoms, which gain less attention, are mood swings, weight gain, decreased energy, reduced muscle mass, and a low sex drive. It’s not unheard of for these symptoms to be seen in men, during a similar process called andropause.
Menopause and andropause are both caused by hormone imbalance. Hormones are chemical messengers in the body which regulate mood, growth, energy levels, and sexual function. Generally, the body is at a state of equilibrium, where hormones are properly balanced and the body has the right amounts to function properly. At certain times, though, hormones become unbalanced. During these times, a person’s mood, physical growth, energy, and sex experience dramatic shifts. The first time this imbalance is experienced is puberty, when these functions are accelerated. During menopause/andropause, though, the imbalance is felt the other direction, and these functions experience a decrease.
This is, understandably, an uncomfortable time in life. These symptoms disrupt your daily routines and satisfaction, and need to be treated. One method is to treat each symptom — mood swings, weight gain, decreased energy/muscle mass, and low sex drive — individually. However, this method is not ideal. Each symptom typically requires its own medication, and you end up swelling a mouthful of pills to fight off surface-level problems, all the while avoiding the underlying root cause — hormone imbalance.
The better option is to restore balance to your hormones. But even here, you have options. Traditionally, balance is restored by ingesting synthetic hormones — hormones produced through animal hormones, adapted for human use. These Frankenstein hormones are known to work, but not without risks. Synthetic hormones differ on the molecular level from natural hormones, and at times may be falsely identified by the immune system as dangerous agents, and thus trigger an allergic response. These can result in headaches, bloating, or other negative symptoms. Synthetic hormones may even increase risk of breast cancer.
Thankfully, there’s a better option in the form of bioidentical hormones. These are developed in laboratories from yam, soy, and plant products, and are engineered to be biologically identical to natural human hormones. When these enter your body, they aren’t viewed any differently than the hormones your body naturally creates. With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), your body literally doesn’t know what hits it. BHRT is a safe way to restore your system’s natural hormone balance.
If you’re suffering from menopause or andropause and you want relief through natural hormone balancing treatment, contact us today! A holistic doctor, such as Infinity Wellness Center, can provide natural hormone balancing treatment options. Natural hormone balancing can be a pivotal step in achieving a healthy thyroid hormone balance. By choosing natural hypothyroidism balance in Austin, you are taking the first step in the right direction to achieving this balance.