Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women in Nashville, TN
Hormone deficiencies in women can cause symptoms such as insomnia, hot flashes,and vaginal dryness. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may be a candidate for menopausal hormone replacement therapy. At New Life Physicians, regenerative and restorative medicine specialist Dr. Morgan Moor and her team of specialists provide effective hormone replacement therapy for women in Nashville and the surrounding area in Tennessee at her Brentwood office. Hormone replacement therapy effectively alleviates menopausal symptoms by providing the right balance of estrogen, progesterone and other hormones that help a woman maintain her health and vitality for years to come.
Hormone replacement therapy provides many health benefits for women, including increased energy and endurance, weight loss, improved muscle tone and strength, improved skin volume and elasticity, decreased bone loss and improved sleep patterns. Hormone replacement therapy also prevents osteoporosis and heart disease. To reap the full benefits of menopausal hormone therapy, nutritional supplements, along with regular exercise and a healthy diet must also be a staple in your life.
Hormone Imbalance Strikes Even the Healthy
Women typically are more proactive when it comes to maintaining their health than men, who generally have a lower tendency to schedule yearly physicals or admit that they have a condition that should be addressed by a doctor. Yet when a hormone deficiency occurs, even the healthiest of women may experience confusion about what is happening to them physically and emotionally. Even women who are generally healthy and exercise regularly, who eat right and take regular supplements may suffer from hormone imbalance. Many women turn to their primary care physicians and gynecologists, who, unfortunately, often do not have the expertise, knowledge or experience to treat hormone imbalances appropriately, naturally and effectively.
How Hormones in Women Differ
Men and women differ significantly in their hormonal makeup, with hormonal imbalances or deficiencies producing a different set of challenges for both. Due to unique female sex hormones, an imbalance increases women’s risk of certain illnesses or conditions, such as osteoporosis. Some hormonal changes that affect women specifically are related to menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. These regular fluctuations in hormones may produce side effects, such as thinning hair, weight gain, and vaginal dryness.
Hormonal fluctuations can be overwhelming, and the first step to controlling their side effects is to inform yourself about their causes. Dr. Moor will not only help you understand what causes your natural symptoms, but she will also help you to slow down the aging process and allow you to regain your youth and vitality by providing the appropriate therapy for your condition. Hormonal fluctuations caused by menopause and pregnancy may seem like unavoidable challenges in a woman’s life, but you can minimize their effects using safe, natural hormone therapy.
Pre-Menopause and Menopause Symptoms
The female reproductive system is governed and regulated by hormones. When production of these hormones drops to critically low levels, menstruation permanently ceases to occur. This process is called menopause. Pre-menopause, also called perimenopause, or the period leading up to menopause, which typically begins while in the mid-30s and 40s, while menopause typically happens in the 50s, though the age for this major biological change may vary from woman to woman, and can be affected by other factors, such as surgical removal of the ovaries or uterus.
Women begin to experience pre-menopause when levels of hormones, such as growth hormone, estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone, begin to decrease in the body. Menopause signals a time when the ovaries stop producing the levels of estrogen, progesterone and the normal quantity of testosterone that they did during youth. This hormonal shift results in a variety of symptoms described below. When the appropriate levels of hormones are introduced back into the body, the process of pre-menopause and menopause may be detained.
Women experience menopausal symptoms as hormone levels decrease. The symptoms experienced during the period before actual menopause define pre-menopause or perimenopause. Both pre-menopausal and menopausal symptoms may be so severe in some women, that they profoundly affect her quality of life. These symptoms may include:
- Dry, wrinkled skin
- Insomnia/difficulty sleeping
- Hot flashes
- Severe depression and anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Weight gain and loss of muscle mass
- Irritability and mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
- Tenderness in the breasts
A doctor who is inexperienced and uninformed regarding the benefits of hormone replacement therapy in women will not be capable of effectively treating the above-named symptoms. Many doctors simply prescribe medication to mask one or a group of these symptoms, without addressing the underlying causes. While this may alleviate symptoms temporarily, it doesn’t address the root of the problem. The best way to treat hormonal imbalance caused by aging or other means is via hormonal replacement therapy, which addresses the problem at its source.
Bio-identical vs. Synthetic Hormones
Bio-identical hormones are hormones that are derived from natural plant sources, and that mimic the body’s natural hormones. Bio-identical hormones have become increasingly popular among the medical community thanks to their efficacy and safety.
Despite the benefits and popularity of bio-identical hormones, many medical practices continue to prescribe synthetic hormones, which may not effectively address the underlying causes of symptoms. To ensure that our patients receive the hormones they need safely, with minimal risk of consequential health problems or side effects, New Life Physicians uses the highest quality bio-identical hormones in our practice. By using bio-identical hormones exclusively, our treatment plans mimic the natural process of hormone production in the female body, conquering the side effects of hormone deficiency once and for all.
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women Safe?
There is still controversy over the safety of hormone replacement therapy, but much of the opposition is based on side effects caused by traditional synthetic hormones. There have not been enough substantial studies on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to conclude that they are 100% risk-free in the United States. Many studies done in Europe show the efficacy and safety of BHRT but are not widely acknowledged in the US at this time.
Through a comprehensive screening process, Dr. Moor at New Life Physicians will help you determine whether hormone replacement therapy is right for you. Thanks to our experience with these treatments, and superior understanding of the hormone replacement therapy process, we provide our patients a definitive diagnosis and develop the most effective treatment plan possible to address the symptoms of pre-menopause and menopause.
Building the Right Plan to Fight Aging
While the hormone replacement therapy treatment plans provided by New Life Physicians are extremely effective on their own, to enhance your overall results, we also recommend proper diet and exercise. When hormone replacement therapy is combined with the right combination of nutritional supplements, dietary changes,and exercise, women see restored youth and vitality, increased energy and improved emotional and mental health.
Dr. Moor has mastered the science of naturally replenishing critical hormones in order to address the symptoms of pre-menopause and menopause. Hormone replacement therapy for women helps women recover a more youthful appearance, while also helping them maintain a healthy libido, and reducing the risk of many debilitating illnesses and conditions that result from hormone imbalances or deficiencies.
There is no simple, universal method of hormone replacement therapy that works for every woman, as each woman faces her own unique set of challenges. Dr. Moor provides a thorough evaluation of every female patient and based on their individual results, builds a personalized treatment plan that is tailor-made specifically for them.
Women’s quality of life may be adversely affected by hormone imbalances and deficiencies. If you’d like to know more about hormone replacement therapy for women, consider the expertise of Dr. Moor of New Life Physicians. As a regenerative and restorative medicine doctor, Dr. Moor provides safe, natural solutions to address hormone imbalances in women residing in Nashville, Franklin and the surrounding communities of Tennessee. Contact our Brentwood office today to schedule your consultation.