Hormone Optimization

 

Both men and women experience changes in hormone levels with age.  As we age, many hormone levels are not where they should be: most commonly imbalanced hormones are estrogen and testosterone.  Sometimes those changes result in unpleasant symptoms that require a strong attention.  Some of the most commonly shared symptoms include fatigue, skin problems, acne, mood swings, weight problems, diminished sex drive, and declining memory.  

 

Who should be tested ?

 

Both men and women experience changes in hormone levels with age.  Sometimes those changes result in unpleasant symptoms that demand attention.   Often, the changes are more subtle - yet there is still an impact on overall health.  Hormone testing is applicable for:

 

  • Men and women concerned with changing hormone levels as a result of age.

  • Cycling women experiencing PMS symptoms, perhaps related to a hormonal imbalance.

  • Peri- and post-menopausal women concerned with their estradiol and progesterone levels for replacement considerations.

  • Those wishing to monitor their hormone levels following replacement therapy (oral, sublingual or topical), and subsequently regulate their supplement levels.

  • Anyone with symptoms involving fatigue, insomnia, stress, immunity problems, blood sugar problems, and an overweight body should be tested for cortisol levels as well as "sex" hormones.

  • Men and women of any age who are having symptoms of hormone imbalances should test for all hormones that may be associated with their symptoms. Men and women over the age of forty may want to do a baseline test. Frequently, imbalances will be detectable for a time period before symptoms gain attention.

 

Why test hormone level?

 

Hormones are powerful molecules essential for maintaining physical and mental health. We frequently think of estrogen as being a female hormone, and testosterone as being a male hormone. But men AND women make both, plus several more that need to be in balance for optimum health. An imbalance of any one hormone can throw your physical and mental health out of balance, causing aggravating and even serious health problems.

One size does not fit all when it comes to hormones! For decades western medicine has prescribed hormone replacement therapy as if everyone needed the same thing and the same amount. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your hormones are like your fingerprints and in order to achieve optimal health, you need to know what your specific imbalances are.

There are several ways to test for hormones (saliva, serum and urine), but the state-of-the-art method is through saliva. This is because only the active portions of hormones are measured and it is these portions that determine how individuals feel. So if your patient is seeking bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT), youll need to know active hormone levels. In addition, if using a topical (transdermal) hormone preparation for treatment, saliva testing is the most accurate tool to measure and monitor hormone status.

 

 

What are the advantages of saliva testing?

 

  • No needles

  • Measures active hormone levels

  • East and convenient collection

  • Exceptional specimen stability

  • Less expensive than blood testing

  • Four samples collected throughout the day give a more accurate picture or hormone levels.

 

 

 

 

 

How is hormone therapy (HT) prescribed?

 

  • Pills (Oral Therapy)

  • Patches and spray mists

  • Vaginal Tablets and Creams