Hormone Replacement Therapy

There is a time in our lives where we will experience a significant decrease in hormone levels that will result in us becoming more vulnerable.  Around the middle age our bodies will experience a significant hormone change called Menopause and Andropause.  Menopause occurs in women where there is a decrease in the hormone levels.  A woman may experience, while in Menopause, any of the following: hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, headaches, anxiety, irritability, dry skin, an increase in weight, lipid changes, insomnia, and pain with intercourse.  As for men, Andropause will occur.  Many men are not even aware of Andropause and rarely notice symptoms such as lack of energy, vitality, and sexual libido.  As a result of feeling tired and taking more naps, accompanied with a lack of sexual libido, men usually become less interested in their lives.

Each person is unique in the way they experience this normal stage of life.  And every person manufactures hormones in a different rate and modalities so the treatment should be individualized, specific and appropriate toward the patient.

The traditional approach in treating Menopause and Andropause is through the use of pharmaceuticals that simulates the hormone effects.  Most of these products are unnatural hormones that is unnatural at least to the human body.  Although the synthetic hormone replacement therapy can eliminate some of the distressing symptoms of Menopause, it does not neccessarily “replace” the loss of natural hormones.  The physiology and the bio-chemistry of the unnatural way of replacing the declining hormones is insufficient and inappropriate.

When we discuss Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, we are basically talking about estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone).  This is does not mean that we should forget about the thyroid, other adrenal hormones, the growth hormone, or many other substances and hormones that place an important role in our well-being.

There are alternate approaches to the normal changes in this stage of our lives.  The Bio-identical Hormones have a chemical structure that is identical to the natural hormones produced by our body.  These Bio-identical Hormones are generally made from plant oils such as Mexican Yams.  Phytoestrogen are plant derive compounds that sometimes mimics the natural estrogen.  There are four families of phytoestrogen and the soy derived products are one of the best known sources of phytoestrogen.  There are also other herbal products that can help balancing our chemical changes such as the black cohosh, don quai, licorice root, chashberry, valerian root, saw palmetto, choline, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, EPA (eicosapentanoic), and DHA (docosahexaenoic) to name a few.

Dr. Raul Llanos is well versed in Hormone Replacement Therapy and Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy.  Our patients will receive a customized treatment for their individual needs.  Evaluation of a patient’s hormone status in the blood, saliva, or urine as well as a comprehensive history and physical examination will help Dr. Llanos to individualize the restoration of the patient’s hormonal imbalance.  Additionally, Dr. Llanos will educate patients on the Menopause and Andropause symptoms and advice on changes in daily habits to assist the patient to achieve overall wellness.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Llanos, please call 504-834-1050.

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