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Hormones are chemical messengers that manage many bodily functions. Balanced hormones help you maintain good health, but shifting or unbalanced hormones can negatively affect your health.
If you have been struggling with weight gain (around the abdomen), mood swings, trouble sleeping, irritability or anxiety, reduced concentration or trouble remembering, exhaustion or even chronic fatigue, thinning hair, lowered sex drive, menopause and irregular periods, vaginal dryness, symptoms of perimenopause (hot flashes or night sweats) or dryer skin it may be a sign of a hormone imbalance.
Conditions It Treats
Bioidentical hormone therapy, for men and women.
Hormone production increases during puberty and reaches a peak in healthy adults during their 20s and early 30s. Whether we like it or not, hormone levels then start to decline beginning around our mid-30s to early 40s and continue to remain at lower levels for the remainder of our lives.
This drop in hormones is natural and unavoidable in many ways. BHRT can help control how rapidly or smoothly this change happens and how we adapt to its effects.
Tailored BHRT treatment plans.
BHRT significantly reduces the risk of chronic disease and all-cause mortality, including cardio vascular disease, cancers, dementia, Alzheimer’s and more. Our tailored treatment plans may include a combination of bioidentical hormone therapy, targeted supplementation, lifestyle strategies, and other advanced therapies.
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Why Choose Us?
BHRT is a specialized form of medicine that that requires extensive training and education beyond medical school, by a licensed medical doctor in order to understand and prescribe BHRT.
External Affairs has achieved the highest standard of certification available. In fact our medical director teaches BHRT to other medical professionals.
External Affairs has been offering this feel-good medicine as part of a whole person approach to graceful aging for many years. You deserve to look and feel your best.
What To Expect
In order to determine if BHRT is right for you, you’ll first meet with our Medical Director or Physician Assistant for a consultation to evaluate your symptoms and experiences.
If your symptoms seem to be related to hormones, we will get a blood rec for you to complete at your local DYNA life.
Once we received your results (in approx. 2 weeks), you will set up another appointment to have our medical professionals go through your results with you to determine the proper regimen for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still not sure? Read our FAQ’s below.
What are hormones and why do I need them?
Hormones are an essential part of the metabolic process of living. Hormones are important for the cells, organs, and metabolism. Our hormones decline through aging, menopause, disease or trauma. When this happens, we begin an accelerated aging process.
Loss of hormones is one of the major reasons for our deterioration as we get older, both physically and mentally. Hormones are beneficial at any age, but the best long-term protective benefits are achieved if hormones are replaced when you begin to lose them, usually in our 40s.
What are the typical hormones that are prescribed?
Synthetic estrogen (i.e. Premarin) and progestins (i.e. Provera) are produced in a laboratory. They are chemically altered so that they can be patented by the pharmaceutical companies. They are not identical to human hormones. They are designed to try to elicit the same responses in your body as your natural hormones.
Because synthetic-hormones are not identical to human hormones, they might adversely stimulate cells and lead to side effects or cancer. Premarin is an estrogen obtained from pregnant horses and is not human identical. Provera is a progestin, not progesterone. Both have been implicated in causing problems in some women, including breast cancer.
How are bio-identical estrogen and progesterone produced?
Hormones that are identical to human hormones are found in yams and soy. We call these “natural” because they are natural to the body. The hormones are extracted from these vegetables and then process by a specialty compounding pharmacy into a prescription dose and form. The body accepts and metabolizes these hormones as if it made them.
What are the problems with synthetic hormones?
When first developed, synthetic hormones were well received because they provided some of the benefits of hormone replacement: controlling the symptoms of menopause and fighting osteoporosis and heart disease. However, the long-term results have shown that synthetic hormones sometimes elicit a negative metabolic response.
Some women can’t tolerate synthetic hormones – often suffering from side effects such as bloating, bleeding or mood swings. In some patients, synthetic estrogens and progestins contributed to the development of breast and uterine cancer.
Synthetic hormones are not a perfect match for the body. Synthetic hormones produce abnormal metabolites that can cause side effects and increase the risk of cancer. A natural hormone is a perfect fit in the body – it is a biologically identical hormone replacement.
Why doesn’t my gynecologist prescribe Bio-Identical hormones?
Natural supplements such as vitamins and hormones are protected by federal regulation and may not be patented. Major pharmaceutical manufacturers are interested only in patentable drugs that are exclusive and profitable. A lot of what physicians learn is from the drug companies who are promoting their products. Therefore your doctors are primarily taught only about synthetic products. Bio-Identical hormones do not come under specific brand names. Your physician must be self-educated and experienced in prescribing and monitoring natural hormones.
What is the truth about the recent publicity about the risks of taking hormones?
The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) is a study that focused on synthetic estrogen (Premarin) and progestin (Provera). Note: Progestin is not progesterone. There were different “arms” of the study using different drug combinations. The arm of the study using Premarin and Provera (PremPro) was discontinued before completion because an increased risk of breast cancer was detected in the early stages of the study.
This risk is attributed to the Provera portion of the regimen. This is not the first time progestins have been implicated in increased risks for women. The arm of the study using Premarin did not show an increased risk of breast cancer but was discontinued because of an increased risk of strokes in older women. A recent study showed that natural estrogen did not have the same effects.
What are the signs of low progesterone and what are the health benefits?
Progesterone is responsible for balancing estrogen and the female reproductive cycle. Deficiency results in symptoms of PMS, bloating, headaches, cramping, mood swings, breast tenderness, and irritability. A deficiency in progesterone can be a factor in frequent miscarriages.
What if I have been taking synthetic hormones?
You need hormones, but you need the right kind, the natural bio-Identical hormones, in the right balance. Don’t tolerate the risks of the synthetic hormones when a safe alternative is available. Find a physician who will prescribe natural hormones and then make the switch.
Should I take estrogen and progesterone or not?
The risks of not taking hormone replacement include elevated cholesterol, heart disease, strokes, osteoporosis, tooth loss, depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, and menopausal symptoms. The side effects of the synthetic hormones such as bleeding, swelling, weight gain and breast cancer can be almost eliminated by using the natural estrogen and progesterone. Overall health and well-being are improved, long-term survival is greatly improved and the quality of life greatly enhanced. The risks of not taking hormones are tremendous. Just don’t take synthetic hormones.
What about over-the-counter creams and saliva tests?
Products purchased over-the-counter are not usually of a strength sufficient to produce a long-term therapeutic difference. A sufficient dose requires a prescription.
Over-the-counter products might give you some symptomatic relief, but it is necessary to maintain certain hormone levels to achieve the long-term protective benefits.
How does one know whether they are receiving adequate amounts of replacement hormones?
Blood tests determine deficiencies. Blood tests also determine whether an adequate replacement has been prescribed. All people will absorb, assimilate, and respond to hormones differently than others. If the proper level (and therefore tissue level) is not achieved, then the full benefit of hormone replacement is not realized. We want hormone levels to be optimal and protective.
What about Evista and Fosamax?
Evista (Raloxifene) is in a class of drugs known as designer estrogens. Studies show that these compounds are somewhat effective in increasing bone mass although not as effective as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Designer estrogens do not relieve any of the side effects of menopause and might even increase them.
Fosamax is a non-hormone treatment to block bone loss and prevent osteoporosis. It has been associated with a multitude of side effects, especially gastrointestinal problems. Neither designer estrogens nor Fosamax are as effective as natural estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone at preventing osteoporosis
Are there other hormones I should replace? What about men?
Other Bio-Identical hormones that should be part of an optimal hormone replacement program are testosterone, thyroid, and DHEA. Both men and women need these hormones.