Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Charles Carpenter, M.D. of the Sacramento Center for Health and Healing takes the whole person into account when treating hormonal imbalances and conditions related to hormonal deficiencies or dominance. Because hormones control a wide number of functions in the human body, deficiencies or imbalances can be responsible for numerous uncomfortable symptoms. Charles Carpenter, M.D. takes each patient’s symptoms into account when developing a treatment plan, and he uses Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to improve conditions that are rooted in hormonal imbalances.
Some of the conditions that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to treat include:
The thyroid gland plays a primary role in energy levels, muscle growth, metabolic rate, and brain function. Hypothyroidism is a common disorder in which the body’s ability to produce enough thyroid hormone is insufficient. Conditions associated with a low thyroid vary from person to person and may include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, menstrual irregularities, infertility, PMS, PCOS, fibrocystic breast disease, and psoriasis.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The main symptom in chronic fatigue syndrome is fatigue that lasts for more than a 24-hour period after physical or mental work. Some people that have chronic fatigue syndrome feel as though they are coming down with the flu, and some symptoms of chronic fatigue closely mimic the flu. Chronic fatigue syndrome can be negatively influenced by a lack of adrenal hormones, and other symptoms can include swollen lymph nodes, depression, muscle and body aches, headaches, a chronic sore throat, and general malaise.
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
Adrenal fatigue is a term applied to a collection of symptoms and is commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress. Some of these symptoms may include feeling drained, allergies that include hives, eczema, rosacea, or skin rashes, catching colds or infections easily, feeling stressed, joint pain, hair loss, or feeling more awake after 6pm. It can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis, or pneumonia. When the adrenals are fatigued, the glands are unable to keep pace with the demands of the constant fight-or-flight stimuli, and as a result, they are unable to produce an adequate amount of hormones a person needs to feel good Charles Carpenter, M.D. considers the underlying causes of fatigue and tailors a plan to help boost the body’s natural ability to restore the adrenal glands, which may include changes in diet, stress release techniques, and natural supplements.
Andropause is the term used to describe male hormone decline, and most men experience hormone decline during their 4th or 5th decades. During this time, the testicles begin to produce fewer male hormones, such as testosterone and DHEA. Men going through hormonal decline may experience symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, weight gain, low libido, muscle atrophy, less stamina, hair loss, higher blood pressure, anxiety, depression, insomnia, lack of motivation, and fatigue.
When women reach the mid 40’s to 50’s, the ovaries begin to produce fewer important hormones, which can include progesterone and estrogen. Eventually, the ovaries close down hormone production, and the body shifts production of sex hormones to the adrenal glands. Because most modern day women have experienced high stress, poor nutrition, and a sedentary lifestyle, most women’s adrenal glands are unable to produce the necessary amount of hormones, which leads to hormonal deficiencies. Symptoms that occur as a result of a hormonal deficiency may include fatigue, night sweats, weight loss resistance, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, anxiety, low libido, depression, and insomnia.
Perimenopause occurs three to seven years before menopause, and during this time, reproductive functions begin to reduce. The ovaries begin to produce less estrogen and progesterone, and women may begin to experience energy changes and menstrual issues. Some of the issues that can arise during perimenopause include acne, migraines, irregular periods, lower libido, heavier periods, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, headaches, and fatigue.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to improve numerous conditions and their related symptoms. Doctor Carpenter’s unique treatment plans take each person’s individual health concerns into consideration, and many patients have been able to improve their overall health as a result of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.