Hormone Replacement Therapy in Greensboro, NC
Hormone imbalances can create a variety of emotional and physical conditions that can significantly alter a person’s overall quality of life. The use of bioidentical hormones in hormone replacement therapy can address these symptoms, instead of merely dealing with each isolated symptom individually. Residents of Greensboro, Burlington, and neighboring communities in North Carolina can rely on the proven skill and experience of double board-certified surgeon Dr. H. Christopher Coley.
Bioidentical Hormone Summary
Bioidentical hormones have a chemical structure that is identical to the hormone naturally produced by the body; that is why we refer to them as “natural”. Natural hormones may not be patented by drug companies. Synthetic hormones have a structure similar but not exactly the same as a hormone produced by your body. Synthetic hormones act differently and produce different effects than natural or bioidentical hormones. They should not be considered the same. A multitude of studies have demonstrated harmful effects of synthetic hormones whereas the medical literature supports no harmful effects of natural hormones, only beneficial effects.
Hormones Replacement Therapy and Aging
Hormone levels decline in all people as they age. Many physicians assume that this decline is the way it should be. Normal is a relative term. Researchers from around the world have now shown that the hormonal deficiency associated with age should be corrected to that of a younger person. When patients see and feel the improvement of hormone replacement therapy to “younger levels” they embrace it.
In women, thyroid, estrogen and progesterone have been prescribed for many years, but “optimal” hormone replacement is new. The goal is to replace the hormone to an optimal level and not necessarily a normal level to improve one’s well being and relieve symptoms associated with lower levels.
A decrease in hormone levels has been demonstrated in many aging changes such as osteoporosis, muscle atrophy, sleep disorders and decreased sociability. Aging in men is associated with reduced protein synthesis, decreased lean body mass, decreased bone mass and increased body fat. These changes are consistent with a decline in hormones. Replenishment of these hormones to physiologic and optimal levels has been shown to alleviate these age related changes. Many diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and others may be the direct result of an imbalance of hormones. By restoring the proper hormone balance, immunity is improved, and many of these diseases may be prevented.
Many women going through menopause will notice changes in their skin tone, texture and tightness. Dermatologic literature demonstrates that a decline in hormones is responsible for some of these skin changes and restoring hormone levels to optimal levels may prevent these changes.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
As people grow older, they produce fewer hormones, eventually leading to a hormonal imbalance. As hormone levels decline, imbalances can lead to the development of emotional and physical symptoms such as fatigue, depression and decreased sex drive. Hormone replacement therapy can effectively treat many of these symptoms.
At the Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center, we first measure your hormone levels to best determine the most effective treatment to raise your energy levels and increase physical and mental balance. Your hormone levels can be brought into balance using dietary changes, supplements or hormone replacement therapy. At the Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center, we provide men and women hormone replacement therapy to manage their symptoms and improve their general well-being.
We understand the significant effects of hormone imbalance when it comes to poor health and aging. We see daily examples of the effects that bioidentical hormones have in fostering a consistent attitude of well-being. Life management medicine was created to help you both physically and emotionally during this difficult period of life.
We normally recommend that women take part in a comprehensive treatment plan that usually includes bioidentical hormone replacement. This therapy alleviates the symptoms of menopause by bringing estrogen and progesterone levels into balance.
Hormones regulate a number of bodily processes such as:
Using the correct bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, the aging process can be significantly slowed, and you should also enjoy increased energy levels and a renewed sense of clarity.
Men also often notice a drop in their hormone levels as they age, leading to a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, diminished libido, weight gain, and hair loss. We recommend that you have your levels of testosterone evaluated to ensure that you are in the proper range for your age.
Studies have found that men who have testosterone therapy tend to experience:
- Greater bone density
- Improved sexual function
- More energy
- Decreased chance of developing heart disease
- Lower body fat
- Greater muscle strength
Once our patients have completed hormone replacement therapy, they feel happier and healthier and are able to deal with life with much more energy than before.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a treatment tailored toward bringing a patient’s hormone levels back into balance. It is proven to dramatically restore energy, vitality, and health while reversing many of the negative effects of the aging process.
Bioequivalent medications are derived from plants and altered chemically in a lab until they reach a point where they are molecularly identical to those produced by your body. BHRT is tailored to the individual needs of each unique patient. This therapy has been safely and effectively used for the last eight decades and offers the most natural, physiologic method of hormone replacement therapy available.
The Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center provides safe, effective bioidentical hormone therapy for people living in Greensboro, Burlington and neighboring communities in North Carolina. If you would like more information on how we can help you rectify your hormone levels, please contact our office today to set up a personal consultation.