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Are hormones driving you crazy?

Are you debilitated at a certain time of the month? Do you eat less and less but keep gaining weight? Does it seem like menopause is arriving ahead of schedule? These are all signs of hormonal imbalance, a growing problem that most doctors are not equipped to solve.

Birth control pills are one common trigger, even if it’s been years since you’ve taken them. Environmental pollutants are others, from chemicals in skin care products and plastics to fire retardants in furniture and pesticides in food. And a poor diet intensifies all these effects.

Without such triggers, the natural hormonal changes during a woman’s life aren’t likely to cause severe symptoms. But today, it’s virtually impossible to avoid disrupting toxins.

The problem isn’t in your head

“It’s stress.” “You must be depressed.” “You’re getting older.” When women seek help, that’s what doctors typically say, as they scribble a prescription for anti-depressants. The drugs mask how a woman really feels. Yet the very real, physical causes of the problem are ignored.

Hormonal imbalances ― no matter what triggered them ― can be corrected with the right type of treatment: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, available by prescription.

What are bioidentical hormones?

The word “bioidentical” means that a substance is biologically identical to one made by your body. For example, the molecules that make up bioidentical progesterone are shaped exactly like your own progesterone. In contrast, the progesterone in birth control pills is similar to, but not exactly like your own hormone.

Consider the different effects: Your own progesterone is essential to conceive a child, while the progesterone in birth control pills ― let’s call it “synthetic” ― prevents pregnancy. Not surprisingly, the synthetic progesterone disrupts the way your own hormones function.

Bioidentical progesterone is exactly the same as your own progesterone and can actually relieve side effects of birth control pills ― without reducing their effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.

Estrogen can also be a synthetic form that increases health risks. Some prescriptions, for example, are made from the urine of pregnant mares. However, bioidentical estrogen is exactly the same as your own estrogen. It relieves symptoms and reduces health risks.

Symptoms relieved by BHRT

Used correctly, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy restores balance and relieves symptoms such as these: PMS; Hot flashes; Mood swings; Irritability; Insomnia; Loss of sex drive; Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse; Depression; Brain fog; Memory lapses; Lack of energy; Depression; and Anxiety.

Women using BHRT also experience fewer wrinkles and other visible signs of aging skin. Studies show that women who use BHRT look younger than their age, and women who do not use BHRT after menopause look older than their age.

Benefits  – Health Risks reduced by BHRT

We can’t see most health risks until something happens. For example, a bone breaks from a minor injury but long before that, osteoporosis was silently developing. These are some key risks that BHRT reduces:

  • 50% less risk of stroke and heart attack
  • 50% less risk of broken bones from osteoporosis
  • 80% less risk of Alzheimer’s
  • 40% less risk of osteoarthritis
  • 40% less risk of periodontal disease and tooth loss
  • 30% less risk of colon cancer

Where to start

At Open Care Medical Clinic, we respect each woman’s unique situation. We understand that your symptoms are manifestations of very real hormone imbalances, and we work with you to identify what needs to be corrected.

The process begins with an initial consultation and testing. We use bioidentical hormone prescriptions and nutritional supplements to address your personal concerns, and recommend dietary and lifestyle changes that will enhance your well-being.

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