Hormones can greatly affect how we feel on a day to day basis.
Imbalances in your hormones are known to cause unwanted symptoms such as acne, hot flashes, weight gain, fatigue, premenstrual syndrome, and many other afflictions that can be debilitating for women.
How is hormone replacement therapy done?
Hormone imbalances can be caused by many underlying conditions.
Before we suggest which therapy would be most beneficial, we address the underlying cause that may affect your ability of the body to modulate healthy levels of hormones.
We use two treatment therapies depending on your individual needs. These include herbal therapy as well as the use of bioidentical hormone therapy.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
As we age, the gradual depletion of testosterone in the body can cause physical and emotional manifestations that play a huge role on the quality of life. Loss of libido, loss of muscle mass, fatigue, increased body fat, as well as, erectile dysfunction are just a few of the side effects. The goal of testosterone replacement therapy is to optimize hormone levels where your body is able to flourish. Our team of Naturopathic doctors are dedicated to helping you find the underlying cause of low testosterone as they create the proper treatment that fits your lifestyle.
There are many approaches to increasing testosterone in the body. Our Naturopathic doctors offer testosterone therapy as injectables, topical cream/ gel, clomiphene citrate, and/or herbal supportive therapy. Depending on your case, we will advise you on how to increase your testosterone levels and offer guidance on how to improve your levels naturally.
Hormone Therapy at LIVV Natural in San Diego can:
Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about Hormone Replacement Therapy:
Hormonal imbalance is the state of having too much or too little of a hormone in the body. Hormones are chemical substances produced by the endocrine glands with the primary mandate of regulating activities in cells and organs.
In other words, hormones act as chemical messengers that go around the body controlling and coordinating activities. Some of the crucial processes they regulate include fertility, metabolism, hunger and appetite, growth, and moods.
There are various endocrine glands located in different parts of the body, each controlling a different body process. For instance, the hypothalamus gland controls body temperature, thyroid glands regulate metabolism, and estrogen controls reproduction, menstruation, and fertility.
When hormones go out of balance, either as a result of being too little or too much, they disrupt the smooth functioning of the body. This negatively impacts health and wellbeing.
Hormonal imbalance can occur when the endocrine glands do not function properly. It can also happen as a result of a medical condition or lifestyle and environmental factors. Life stages, such as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, also cause hormonal fluctuations in women.
Now, let us turn our attention to hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), also known as menopausal replacement therapy, is a form of treatment used to relieve symptoms associated with menopause. Menopause is marked by a drop in the body’s production of estrogen and progesterone, which results in symptoms such as hot flashes, fatigue, irritability, and other adverse effects.
HRT involves introducing estrogen or progestin (or both) into the body, which helps reduce the symptoms caused by menopause.
Hormone replacement therapy is also useful in relieving the symptoms of PCOS, a medical condition bought about by hormonal imbalance.
There are two primary forms of hormone replacement therapy. These are:
The symptoms of menopause described above are caused by a fall in estrogen levels in the body. Estrogen therapy is the introduction of small doses of estrogen in the body. This type of treatment is often recommended to women who have had a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus). It is also ideal for those who have had the removal of both the uterus and ovaries.
Estrogen therapy can be administered through oral pills, vaginal rings, tablets, creams, gels, and sprays.
This is a combination of estrogen and progestin, which is a synthetic form of progesterone. This kind of therapy is recommended for women who have their uterus. It can be administered through oral pills and Low-dose intrauterine devices (IUD).
Each of these methods has its pros and cons, depending on the duration of use and severity of symptoms. To identify which one is safest for you, you should consult with your physician.
These are two of the most debilitating conditions a woman can experience. Both conditions stem from hormonal imbalance and often present similar symptoms, including:
Unexplained weight gain
Increased hair growth in the face, neck, and chest
Mood swings and irritability
Let us look at each of these conditions briefly:
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition caused by hormonal imbalance in women. When a woman has PCOS, her body produces more male hormones than female ones. She will also experience irregular periods and may develop cysts in the ovaries. PCOS also causes women to grow hair on the face and body. Women with this condition have difficulty getting pregnant and are susceptible to developing diabetes.
There is no specific cure for PCOS, but here at LIVV Natural Health, we offer a variety of solutions that are useful in managing and improving the symptoms. These include:
Nutritional advice– PCOS often affects insulin levels in the body leading to high blood sugar. Eating a well-balanced diet can improve your insulin and glucose levels. It can also result in weight loss, which can help ease some symptoms. Our nutritionists are ready to give you nutritional advice that will put you on the road to healing.
Vitamin D supplements– Studies have shown that vitamin D supplements are useful in improving BMI and menstrual irregularities. Our vitamin shot bar offers IV therapy for essential vitamins and minerals that rejuvenate and energize your body.
Specialized hormone replacement therapy– Specialized forms of hormone therapy, such as the use of bioidentical hormones is quite effective in relieving PCOS symptoms. Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to those found in the body, thus more effective. For instance, natural progesterone extracted from yams is safer and more effective than the synthetic progestin designed for the same role.
PRP Hair restoration– One symptom of PCOS is balding and hair loss. Our PRP hair restoration therapy uses platelets drawn from your blood and injected to your scalp to jump-start hair growth.
Menopause signifies the end of female reproduction. In a woman’s body, the ovaries produce the twin hormones estrogen and progesterone. These control the release of eggs from the ovaries, which results in menstruation. Between the ages of 40-51, the release of these eggs stops naturally, and this is called menopause.
Menopause symptoms– treatment
Menopause is a natural process that, unfortunately, can be unbearable for most women. At LIVV Natural Health, we offer a variety of solutions to make the symptoms more bearable. These include:
Vitamin D and Calcium supplements– Menopause can cause a condition called osteoporosis, which degrades the quality and density of bones. Our Vitamin shot bar offers vitamin D and Calcium supplements to support your bone health.
Specialized hormone replacement therapy– Hormone replacement therapy can be useful in restoring hormone balance in the body. It is especially helpful to those who suffer severe symptoms such as hot flushes and uncontrollable weight gain. Our qualified doctors will examine you and decide on an individual course of action.
Dietary supplements– There are a variety of nutritional supplements that are effective in relieving hot flushes, fatigue, weight gain, and migraines. Our combination of Vitamins B6 and 12, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin C is a potent cure for these problems. Our nutritionists will also advise you on any other issues you might have.
PRP Facials– Menopause causes skin problems such as hormonal acne, dryness, and wrinkles. Our PRP facials are designed to deal with these problems and improve the quality of your skin. During this procedure, we extract platelets from your blood and microneedle them to your face. This jump-starts collagen production which works on wrinkles, signs of aging, and boosts overall skin health.
You might need hormone replacement therapy if you start experiencing signs brought about by PCOS or the onset of menopause. These may include:
Irregular sleeping patterns
Moodiness and irritability
Decreased sex drive
Natural hormone replacement therapy is the use of bioidentical hormones in place of synthetic ones to treat symptoms brought about by hormonal imbalances. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) relies on the use of hormones derived from natural plants to replicate the various hormones in the body. These plant hormones are identical to the ones in the body, and often more effective than synthetic ones.
It may take your body a few weeks to get used to HRT treatment. You are likely to feel the full effects in about three months.
There is no specific age that women should stop taking HRT. When to stop depends entirely on your menopausal symptoms and your doctor’s recommendation.
The loss of estrogen during menopause can accelerate skin changes such as dryness, wrinkles, and thinning, due to the reduction of collagen and elastin levels in the skin. HRT can reduce skin dryness, lines, and overall skin health, making your skin look younger. At LIVV Natural Health, we offer PRP Facials, a procedure that involves extracting platelets from your blood, and micro-needling them to your face. This boosts collagen production, which in turn reduces the appearance of wrinkles, reduces dryness, and promotes overall skin health.
While HRT is used to treat physical symptoms such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness, and thinning hair, it can also treat hormone-induced conditions such as anxiety and depression.
When a woman’s body has low estrogen, she may feel down or depressed, fatigued, irritated, and nauseated. She may also experience sleeplessness, painful sex, and even dry eyes.
Other than resulting in HRT, some of the natural ways that you can stop hot flashes include taking lifestyle measures such as exercise, observing a healthy diet, keeping cool by wearing light layers, and getting plenty of rest.
Here at LIVV Natural Health, our naturopathic doctors use natural alternative ways to stop hot flashes, including Vitamin C, D, and Vitamin E shots. These vitamins have been found to relieve hot flashes as well as other vaginal complaints. Vitamin D shots are essential in preventing osteoporosis, which is common during menopause.