Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement in Brentwood, TN
Have you tried hormone replacement therapy before with undesirable results? Did your symptoms worsen while taking hormone replacement, or did you experience new symptoms? If so, you are just like the hundreds of men and women we meet every day. Dr. Jeffrey Lodge, a board-certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology, specializes in safe and effective bio-identical hormone replacement for those living in Brentwood, Nashville and nearby towns in Tennessee.
Your body needs a variety of hormones to carry out numerous biological functions. Aside from governing the reproductive system, hormones also play important roles in the immune system, nervous system, circadian rhythm and cardiovascular system. Hormones even have a strong influence on mood, blood glucose, growth, healing and physical development. When your body fails to produce these hormones in adequate quantities, changes occur. Perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause and all of the symptoms that come with them are just a few examples of the conditions that can result when production of key hormones diminishes or stops completely. Fortunately, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) provides a solution to these issues. BHRT is specially designed to supplement the body with the very hormones it is unable to sufficiently produce.
Dr. Lodge performs a range of assessments, tests and exams to help determine the amounts and types of hormones that will best fit clients’ unique needs. The hormones used are derived naturally from plant sources, such as wild yam or soy. After extraction, these chemicals are altered in a laboratory to precisely match the same hormones that are produced in the body. Depending on the particular hormone deficiency and what problems it is causing, our doctor may suggest either rhythmic or static BHRT dosages. Rhythmic dosing is given in conjunction with the natural cycles of the body. Static dosing is done at certain periods of the week or month. BHRT can be administered in several ways including subcutaneous pellets, creams, patches, and injections.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are made from certain plants, such as yams or soybeans. Because the hormones produced from the plants are identical to those found in humans, your body does not know the difference. Therefore, the substances bind to the respective receptors in the same way as your own natural hormones. As a result, bio-identical hormones produce the same effects as your natural hormones. Further, BHRT is an ideal way to support the health and proper functioning of the tissues, cells, and organs. Indeed, when it’s done correctly and responsibly, BHRT is very effective and has a low incidence of serious side effects. Dr. Lodge uses his expertise in bio-identical hormones to determine the exact dose and combination for your individual needs. Artificial hormones synthesized by pharmaceutical companies do not offer this level of effective personalized therapy.
What Is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormones have a profound effect on the way your body works that regulate nearly every aspect of your health ranging from sexual function to metabolism. For example, estrogen alone performs more than 300 roles in your body. If hormone levels are imbalanced or too low, it causes dysfunction in the body. Numerous factors, such as menopause, can throw your hormones out of balance and make you feel out of sorts.
BHRT provides an effective, cutting-edge method of reestablishing this balance so you can go back to feeling like your normal, vibrant self. At Cool Springs MD, we believe that the purpose of hormone replacement should be to provide sufficient quantities of the lacking hormones in a formulation that most closely matches the body’s endogenous (internal) hormones. Each patient’s needs are different. For this reason, the best approach is for the patient and doctor to work as a team to determine the best prescription for a customized bio-identical hormone therapy.
Bio-identical Hormones and BHRT
Bio-Identical vs. Synthetic Hormones
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is commonly referred to as natural hormone replacement. Biochemists modify the plant-based hormones to be exactly the same as the body’s own hormones. The raw materials for bio-identical hormones originate from special substances found in soy and wild yam. Once extracted, they’re manipulated chemically to replicate the body’s natural hormones down to the molecular structure. Since these hormones occur naturally in your body, no foreign chemicals are being introduced into your system. Your body will recognize bio-identical hormones as its own, which may reduce the risk of unwanted and harmful effects.
The ground-breaking medical advancement behind bio-identical hormones has even been applauded by people for whom synthetic hormone replacement was unacceptable. Millions of women have likely heard of synthetic hormone replacement treatments such as Provera and Premarin. These are synthetic forms of progesterone and estrogen respectively. Premarin is produced from the concentrated urine of pregnant horses, which means that they’re predominately foreign substances to the human body. It quickly became apparent that these synthetic, non-human hormones were not an acceptable solution for many women struggling with low or imbalanced hormones.
At Cool Springs MD, we only prescribe the best and purest bio-identical hormones when creating a custom hormone replacement therapy regimen for our clients. This results in a far greater level of safety, efficacy and reliability.
BHRT Keeps Hormones Balanced Safely
In many ways, the human body can be likened to a motor vehicle. Various substances in the vehicle ensure that it functions properly and is protected from damage. Oil keeps moving parts lubricated, minimizing the friction that would otherwise cause parts to wear out rapidly. There is also the engine coolant, fuel, antifreeze, brake fluid and wiper fluid. Each of these substances performs a unique task to ensure the smooth function of all the vehicle’s systems. If your car is low on these, you replace them to make sure your vehicle keeps working properly.
The same principle extends to your body. However, instead of motor oil and antifreeze, you have hormones. Every hormone performs numerous tasks. When one or more hormones are out of balance, or there aren’t enough of them, negative effects are inevitable. Fortunately, BHRT facilitates both the proper levels and balance of these hormones, helping you function at your best. Simply adding more hormones to your system or altering their balance won’t help. It’s necessary to have the correct hormones in the appropriate dosages. An increasing amount of research is showing that BHRT is the best tool for this task.
BHRT is being promoted more and more frequently by both the media and the medical profession as seemingly ageless celebrities sing its praises. The custom treatments provided by Cool Springs MD incorporate BHRT with other healthy lifestyle factors such as supplements, diet and exercise to help women feel their best.
Curb the Effects of Pre-Menopause, Menopause, and Post-Menopause
Often physicians lack the experience, knowledge and experience needed to treat the symptoms of menopause, post-menopause, and pre-menopause. Because of this, millions of women suffer needlessly from these highly treatable symptoms. The symptoms of these conditions, as well as other forms of hormone imbalance, can range from mildly annoying to crippling. Some of the most common symptoms may include:
- Low self-esteem and libido
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Decreased lean mass
- Increased body fat
- Thin, dry skin
- Vaginal dryness and loss of libido
- Mood disorders
- Loss of bone density (osteoporosis)
When combined with diet, exercise, and the appropriate nutritional supplements, BHRT will significantly reduce the symptoms associated with menopause and other hormonal disorders.
Possible Benefits of BHRT
Women experience many benefits when balancing their hormones with bio-identical ones. These can go a long way toward suppressing the troublesome symptoms of imbalanced hormones in women:
- Increased libido and improved vaginal moisture
- Increased muscle mass possibly resulting in decreased body fat
- Increased bone density
- Fewer night sweats and hot flashes
- Less joint and muscle pain
- Improved mood and fewer mood swings
These benefits allow women to look and feel younger and enjoy an overall better quality of life.
Not every symptom associated with aging is related to hormone deficiencies, but many can be treated with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. We invite you to contact our office at 615-283-7291 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lodge to find out if bio-identical hormones are right for you.