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Natural Hormone Replacement Therapies – Overview

Natural hormone replacement therapy is so exciting because it offers you a way to maintain your vitality and wellness and, research shows that when done correctly, can decrease your risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis.

HRT is the conventional form of hormone replacement therapy that uses synthetic progesterone and horse estrogen. As you can imagine there are many possible risks using progesterone that is alien to your body with estrogen meant for horses. The main symptom these “un-natural” hormone replacement therapies treat is hot flashes. The problem is that menopause or hormone imbalance is much more complicated than just hot flashes.

In women and men, hormones balance with each other. By taking a holistic view of your hormones we can affect this delicate interplay in a safe way. Doctors trained and educated in the art of natural hormone replacement can customize the treatment to your needs.

Natural Hormone Replacement That Replicates Nature

There are over 30 hormones that we typically monitor when you’re receiving natural hormone replacement. Some of the hormones that are important to monitor include:

  • thyroid hormones,
  • progesterone,
  • estriol and other estrogens,
  • cortisol and other stress hormones,
  • testosterone, and
  • dhea.

Do you want to know more about what your hormones do in your body? Hormones are the most potent messengers in your body because they effect your DNA expression. Estrogen has many functions in your body such as stimulating new bone production and vaginal tissue. Pain with sex is often a symptom of low estrogen.

The risk of giving a patient just estrogen is that the tissue will just grow and grow. Progesterone has many functions in your body and one of these functions is decreasing the effects of estrogen. When estrogen enters a cell it can remain there for long periods of time. When we do blood tests to check your estrogen levels we only measure what is going on outside of your cells. Inside your cells progesterone is very important because it kicks estrogen out of the cell and decreases the growth caused by estrogen. It is a very yin and yang balance between progesterone and estrogen in your body.

What can you expect from natural hormone replacement therapies?

Most women with hormone imbalance tend to have too little progesterone. Progesterone began declining after your turned 30 years old. This is similar to the decline in testosterone that occurs in men beginning at age 30 years old.

Learn more about the symptoms of hormone deficiencies: Bio-identical Hormones

There are different ways to take progesterone and estrogen. Finding the correct dose and most effective way to take your natural hormones is crucial to your success with natural hormone replacement and is one of our top priorities. Many doctors have a one-size fits all approach that works for some but is dangerous for others.

Your first visit will include some lab testing to help match your symptoms with your hormone levels. Your doctor at Femme Clinique will review your symptoms and help you connect the dots. Based on your specific needs your doctor may prescribe a combination of hormones that can be applied topically, taken under the tongue, or as a micro-fiber injection under the skin. We also have needle-less injection systems. Your doctor will likely recommend some supplements that will compliment your treatment. These supplements can be purchased through Femme Clinique or many online vendors.

In the PROTECT Program, your comprehensive natural hormone replacement program, your doctor will typically do blood testing for hormones on the first visit and them use a combination of urine, saliva, and blood testing in the future to ensure optimal safety and results.

Sexual health is an often over-looked aspect of medical visits at other clinics. At Femme Clinique your doctor can help you improve your libido if desired. Low libido treatments in women may include testosterone creams or low dose testosterone injections, other hormones, Viagra®-like sublingual medications that are customized for your needs, and counseling support from your doctor.

Sexual Health & Natural Hormone Replacement

Three of biggest barriers to sexual health in women are the following:

  • Pain with sex
  • Being tired all the time or constantly fatigued
  • Emotional issues with her partner, such as resentment

Pain with sex, also known as dyspareunia, can certainly lower your libido. Some people confuse arousal with libido. You can be physically excited while your actual mental interest in sex is a completely absent or reduced and may not change with arousal (ie. increased vaginal lubrication). In a male, when he’s aroused he’ll typically have an erection and often that will translate into increased libido for him. Women are more complicated than men in this aspect of sexuality.

If you experience pain with sex you may get aroused from sexual stimulation but you’re actual interest may be lacking. To make things more complicated, there are multiple causes of pain with sex, which include the following:

  • Hormone deficiencies, such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, dhea, and oxytocin
  • Skin rashes and diseases, such candidiasis or lichen sclerosis
  • Pelvic floor problems (muscle imbalances)
  • Nerve problems (too sensitive)
  • And others

Hormone deficiencies are the most common cause of pain with sex in women. Natural hormone therapies when done correctly can restore this important aspect of sexual health. Treatments may include topical or intravaginal hormone creams, oral progesterone,
and low dose testosterone injections.

In post-menopausal women, there are a number of ways to enhance arousal as well. Sublingual medications can be used as needed to improve your blood flow, mental excitement, and ability to climax. Women who have difficulty achieving orgasms are often low in the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone produced in the brain that increases during sex and orgasm. After menopause oxytocin production decreases and low oxytocin can happen at any age.

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