Hormone Therapy of Virginia

What Hormone Therapy Is

Hormone Therapy or BHRT (Bio-identical hormone therapy) is one of the most valuable tools we have in the battle against aging. Hormone therapy is the science of identifying the decline of hormones (in men and women) and restoring them to optimal levels avoiding the effects of aging. 

Declining hormones like testosterone, human growth hormone, DHEA and thyroid can cause:
  • increased fat
  • decreased sex drive
  • decreased muscle mass
  • decreased energy
  • erectile dysfunction
  • cardiovascular disease
  • weight gain
  • muscle loss
  • osteoporosis

The good news is that these symptoms are not “just a part of getting older” and you don’t have to live with these “symptoms of aging” anymore! 
The symptoms that we often attribute to being “a part of getting older” are actually due to hormones declining which occurs as men and women age. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help men and women renew their lives! Some of the many benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for men and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for women are listed below. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy will reverse all symptoms of hormone imbalance and return men and women to the optimal physical, sexual, mental, and emotional health of their 20’s and 30’s. 

What Hormones We Are Talking About

DHEA

DHEA is a very powerful precursor to all of your major sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. It is referred to as the “mother hormone”. It is produced by the adrenal glands (which are on top of the kidneys). Adrenal fatigue or exhaustion from poor nutrition, yo-yo dieting, physical and emotional stresses; means your adrenals are “tired” and can’t produce enough DHEA.

When DHEA levels are low, your body does not have enough working material to function properly. This throws off your hormone production and you feel a general sense of malaise, along with other symptoms of hormonal imbalance — how severe depends on how many other demands are being made on your body at the same time.

One thing we do know is that adequate levels of DHEA are needed to ensure your body can produce the hormones it needs when it needs them. In that balanced state your mood is stable and you feel clear-headed, joyful and vigorous. DHEA is the best “feel-good” hormone we know. And it works quickly and effectively when taken with the right combination of support.

Testosterone

Is a hormone that is found in both men and women. In men, it is produced in the testes and in women; it is produced in the ovaries. In both sexes, it helps promote healthy sexual desire and function. It also helps maintain healthy bones and muscle tone and strength.
 
In men, low testosterone may lead to decreased sexual function and desire, infertility, and erectile dysfunction. Loss of hair, decreased muscle mass, and osteoporosis or decreased bone density may occur. 

While low testosterone is usually thought of as a male disease, low levels may occur in women and cause significant issues. Symptoms may include hot flashes, irritability, loss of sexual desire (decreased libido), and sleep disturbances. Loss of muscle mass, decreased bone density (osteoporosis), and loss of body hair may also be seen. 


Estrogen

Estrogen is the main female hormone. It is what makes women – women. It is made in the ovaries and is crucial for the reproductive cycle. An estrogen imbalance with low estrogen levels may result in painful intercourse, urinary tract infections, and incontinence. 

All of your skin may be affected badly by low estrogen. Skin dryness, itching and feeling the 'creepy crawlies' can all be the result of low estrogen levels as we age. Dryness can also be experienced by your eyes, your nails and even your hair, resulting in thinning hair and hair loss.

Because low estrogen affects brain receptors, apathy, depression, feelings of isolation, anxiousness and moodiness can also be experienced by a woman with an estrogen imbalance. Estrogen is vitally important to clear thinking and memory. Women with low estrogen may have foggy thinking and short term memory loss.

Many women experiencing a drop in estrogen levels notice that they are suffering from significant fatigue.

Progesterone

Progesterone and estrogen levels decline as a woman ages, particularly when menopause occurs. Low progesterone levels affect the menstrual cycle and also contribute to aging. The skin loses its elasticity while the bones may become brittle and weak increasing the risk of conditions such as osteoporosis.

Sermorelin


Sermorelin has now become as effective as Human Growth Hormone (HGH). 

The purpose of Sermorelin Therapy is to stimulate the pituitary gland to increase growth hormone production. 

Benefits of Sermorelin Therapy:

  • Increases the development of lean body mass
  • Reduces body fat through lipolysis 
  • Increases energy
  • Increases strength 
  • Increases endurance 
  • Speeds up soft tissue healing
  • Strengthens the heart 
  • Enhances the immune system 
  • Increases IGF-1 production 
  • Improves sleep quality 
  • Increases bone density

HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)

HCG Is a very powerful hormone that stimulates the body to maintain and sustain its own natural testosterone production. 

The latest research suggests that diet, exercise and HCG supplementation increases the body’s ability to eliminate excess fat. Therefore it is extremely beneficial for those looking to shed some extra weight.  It aids in increasing the body’s metabolism rate.

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