While no magical waters from a Fountain of Youth have yet been discovered, hormone replacement therapy is a viable substitute for many men and women. Bioidentical hormone therapy relieves menopausal symptoms – such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and night sweats – but offers far more than mere symptom relief.
Over time, bioidentical hormone therapy provides users with more energy, greater concentration and cognition, stronger libido and a more youthful, invigorated approach to life. For more information on California hormone replacement therapy, schedule a consultation with a skilled doctor today.
Some patients are initially wary of bioidentical hormone therapy in California because they confuse it with synthetic hormone therapy. The two are not synonymous. The latter has been found to increase the risk of breast cancer and stroke.
Synthetic hormones derive from pregnant mare’s urine and are off-the-shelf products. Bioidentical hormones, made from natural plant materials such as soy and yam, are identical on a molecular level with the hormones in a woman’s body. Also known as natural hormone therapy, bioidentical hormone therapy actually protects the body against certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and osteoporosis.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is custom designed for each patient. Unlike synthetic hormone therapy, it is not one-size-fits-all.
Menopause was formerly called the “change of life,” and the changes it wrought were primarily unpleasant. Officially, menopause begins when a woman has not had her period in at least a year, but the “peri-menopause” phase begins several years earlier.
During perimenopause, hormone levels decline, although women still get their periods. While hot flashes are the classic menopause symptom, women going through “the change” often suffer insomnia, depression, mood swings, and other emotional disturbances. On a physical level, menopausal women often experience weight gain, hair loss, sagging skin, and loss of bone strength. A California hormone replacement therapy regimen, prescribed for a specific patient by the doctor, gives a woman back much of what she has lost through menopause, both mentally and physically.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy requires discipline. While symptom relief occurs fairly quickly, the lasting benefits accrue over time. Candidates for bioidentical hormone therapy include not only menopausal women but those dealing with these issues:
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy does not occur in a vacuum. The therapeutic regimen also includes taking appropriate vitamin and nutritional supplements and engaging in exercise. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is part of a holistic approach to aging and improving the quality of the latter part of life. That is why dedication is needed – wellness is an ongoing goal.
Patients do not simply pick up their bioidentical hormone prescriptions at the local drugstore. Each individual bioidentical hormone prescription is prepared by a compounding pharmacy meeting our exacting standards. Compounding pharmacies create bioidentical hormones meeting the unique needs of a particular patient. Because patients must schedule regular visits for hormone level and overall health testing, the bioidentical hormone prescription will change according to the person’s needs.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jacobson during his California visits, please call today.