The pendulum seems to swing wildly when it comes to women’s hormone therapy. A few decades ago, hormonal therapy— especially for post-menopausal women— was all the rage. Doctors prescribed estrogen supplements, and then listened in dismay as their patients complained about side effects.
Next came an era of greater caution in the hormone clinic. Progesterone was added to estrogen supplements, and dosages were lowered. This trial, performed on millions of women, was no more successful than the previous one. ‘Too little, too late’ came to be seen as barely an improvement over no treatment at all.
The current thinking in hormone clinics near Miami is more individualized and less absolute. First, there is a blood test to ascertain whether there is a need for hormone therapy. Second, a specific mix of hormones is identified for supplementation. Third, bioidentical hormones are chosen to ensure the greatest compatibility with a woman’s chemistry.
Bioidentical Therapy at the Hormone Clinic
The first question to be decided at the hormone clinic is whether a woman is a candidate for therapy. These are some of the common signs and symptoms of hormone deficiency:
overreacting to everyday hassles
explained weight gain
fibrocystic breast tissue
perimenopause & menopause
What Happens at the Hormone Clinic
While women are often accused of being ‘hormonal’— whatever that means— it is true that hormonal fluctuations can have a dramatic effect on a woman’s health and happiness. At a young age, a woman’s hormones may be affected by her use of birth control pills, by poor nutrition, or by alcohol or drug abuse (often used to self-medicate for depression or anxiety, it usually has the opposite effect).
In addition, there are factors over which we have no control, such as exposure to chemicals, thyroid or adrenal dysfunction, ovarian cancer or trauma.
Many women will not recognize a possible hormone imbalance until someone or something— a knowledgeable older woman, their doctor or perhaps a story on the Internet— opens their eyes. Suddenly, the whole picture begins to make sense. Maybe this is why she has no interest in sex anymore. Maybe what her mother referred to as her own ‘female problems’ have been inherited— in the form of ovarian cysts, early menopause, vaginal dryness or inexorable weight gain.
The good news is that hormonal imbalances are treatable. Treatment may take the form of estrogen or a combination of supplements. (You’ve come a long way, baby, since the days when an OB/GYN routinely wrote a prescription for horse urine and you went home to suffer the side effects.)
Today’s clinician takes far more time and care— drawing a blood sample for lab analysis, assessing a panel of values and comparing them to norms, noting the effects of possible interactions and finally, prescribing bioidentical hormones that are human, not equine, in composition.
Hormonal Treatment Tailored to A Woman’s Physiology
The typical patient at a Miami hormone clinic is no longer a woman in her 60s who can’t take another day of low energy and mood swings. Today’s client might be a woman in her 20s who is feeling less vibrant than she did a decade ago. Or it could be a career woman who’s just hitting her stride professionally— while privately she’s feeling the loss of sexual desire and waning interest in her own appearance.
There is no longer a stigma in visiting the hormone clinic. It’s the sign of an informed woman who’s taking charge of her health. Just eavesdrop on luncheon conversations at a fashionable Miami Beach restaurant. Anti-aging therapy— both aesthetic and medical— is Topic A at many of the tables. It’s a topic that will never grow old.
You can find out a lot more about age management, hormones, and Hormone Therapy by contacting AAG Miami.