The Institute of BioIdentical Medicine (IOBIM) is an approach to managing the symptoms of menopause using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).
Menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life, typically occurring in her late 40s to early 50s, characterized by the cessation of menstruation and a significant drop in hormone levels.
While it’s a normal part of the aging process, the associated symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep disturbances, can be challenging.
BHRT, particularly when administered through the IOBIM, offers an alternative treatment option that aims to alleviate these symptoms.
The age of 20 marks a significant milestone for both men and women in terms of their hormone production. At this point, our bodies are typically at their peak hormone output. Hormones play a crucial role in regulating various physiological processes, including growth, metabolism, mood, and reproduction. However, from this point onward, there is a gradual decline in hormone production, and this decline differs between men and women.
In men, this decline tends to be more steady over time. Testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, gradually decreases as men age. This process is often referred to as “andropause,” although it doesn’t have the abruptness associated with menopause in women. The decline in testosterone can result in symptoms such as reduced muscle mass, decreased libido, and changes in mood.
In contrast, women experience a more complex hormonal journey. The decline in female hormones, primarily estrogen and progesterone, is not a continuous process. Women go through menopause, which is defined as the cessation of menstruation, usually occurring around the age of 50. This marks a significant drop in estrogen production and can bring about a range of symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, and changes in bone density.
However, it’s essential to recognize that the hormonal changes don’t stop abruptly with menopause. The decline in hormone levels continues, albeit at a slower rate. This continuous hormonal shift can have far-reaching consequences on various aspects of women’s health, including bone health, heart health, and cognitive function.
The consequences of this gradual loss of hormones are indeed significant, and they extend beyond just reproductive concerns. Hormones influence numerous physiological and biochemical processes in the body, so their decline can impact everything from muscle mass and energy levels to emotional well-being and cognitive function.
As we’ve evolved to live longer than our ancestors, the hormonal changes associated with aging have become more pronounced. This has led to a growing interest in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as a means to alleviate the symptoms and potential health risks associated with hormonal decline. HRT can involve replacing hormones like estrogen and testosterone through various methods, including pills, patches, creams, and injections.
However, the use of HRT is a complex and nuanced topic, as it has both potential benefits and risks. It should only be considered under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider who can assess an individual’s unique health profile and needs.
Hormone imbalance can present with a variety of symptoms that affect both mental and physical health. The list is long, and patients often experience more than a few of these symptoms. Among others symptoms, a hormone imbalance may lead to:
At Balanced Body Health & Wellness, we treat the whole person. This means we tailor unique care plans that work best for YOU. Of course, we want to address bothersome symptoms. But we also want to give you the resources to balance the rest of your well-being. We do this through unique care plans tailored to your specific needs and goals.
We hold ourselves to the highest standards when it comes to caring for our patients, and that means continuing our education and research. Hormone therapy is an ever-evolving subject, and there is always more to learn. We look forward to continually expanding our knowledge base so we can offer you the best available services.
It is our goal at Balanced Body to be a lifelong partner in your health. We don’t want to tell you what to do, we want to guide you and give you the tools to continue being your best you. You will be actively involved in your treatment plan from start to finish. We encourage our patients to pepper us with questions about treatment suggestions, and we are happy to offer resources for ongoing education.