Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help a number of conditions that are a result of hormone decline or imbalances. Hormones can become imbalanced at any age, and may cause a wide variety of health issues and complaints. Dr. Melanson, a Montreal Bioidentical Hormone Doctor and her staff can test for imbalances and properly prescribe the hormones that can help to correct the issues.

Some of the conditions that can be treated with bioidentical hormones include:

Perimenopause

This is the period of transition before menopause during which the body is preparing to stop reproductive capabilities, and as a result, the ovaries decrease production of ovarian hormones. During perimenopause, estrogen and progesterone are declining, and this phase can last from 4-6 years and usually ends after twelve months of amenorrhea. Symptoms of perimenopause can include painful periods, increased PMS, irregular menstrual periods, acne, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and mood swings.

Menopause

The ovaries produce both estrogen and progesterone, and when the ovaries stop producing sufficient amounts of these hormones, which occurs typically during age-related hormone decline, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help restore the necessary levels of these hormones in a woman’s body. Both estrogen and progesterone have several health benefits for a woman, and supplementing these hormones can help address some of the adverse symptoms arising out of menopause that include hot flashes, brittle nails, night sweats, depression, weight gain, insomnia, thinning hair, anxiety, and mood swings.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism refers to a condition of an underactive thyroid that fails to produce the necessary quantity of thyroid hormone. The body’s physical processes begin slowing down as a result of this condition. The most common cause of Hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s disease. Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, constipation, fluid retention, body aches, joint pain, fertility problems, low sex drive, hair loss or thinning, brittle nails, irregular periods, and increased anxiety or depression.

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism reflects an abnormally high rate of metabolism in the body resulting from an excess supply of thyroid hormone. Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include weight loss, insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, diarrhea, high blood pressure, vision difficulties, and eye sensitivity.

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue usually indicates that the adrenal glands are not functioning properly, and when a person with no signs of any physical illness and has a long lasting feeling of being tired and functioning at a lower level, they may be experiencing adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands release hormones the body needs to cope with stress, and these hormones control energy production and metabolic functions that allow the body to respond to any stressful situation, whether it is emotional, physical, or mental. When the adrenal glands function below the level needed to manage the stress, adrenal fatigue occurs, and symptoms such as headaches, exhaust, inability to deal with stress, feeling overwhelmed, body aches, digestive issues, and sleep disturbances may manifest.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that primarily affects women between the age group of 35 and 55, and while pain is the universal symptom of fibromyalgia, patients can also experience pain in response to stimuli that are not ordinarily known to cause pain. Other symptoms can include body stiffness, muscular tenderness, difficulty in movements of joints,feeling of tiredness on waking up, restless or disturbed sleep, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, andirregular bowel function.

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue syndrome refers to severe and persistent tiredness that does not find relief by rest, and is not a result of any specific medical condition. Factors that may affect this condition include the patient’s age, previous diseases, genetics, stress levels, and environmental factors. Women between the ages of 30 and 50 are most commonly affected by CFS, and symptoms are quite similar to those of influenza and other common viral infections. Excessive fatigue that is not relieved with rest is the main symptom, and other symptoms may include headaches, a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and muscular pains.

Dr. Alice Melanson is a Montreal Bioidentical Hormone Doctor that can help women to recover from the effects of hormone imbalances and improve their levels of overall health and wellness. Women have been able to increase their vitality and sense of wellbeing with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.