Annette is an Anti-ageing Coach & creator of Keep Life Simple blog. She advices women of how to avoid the negative symptoms of ageing, and feel good. For Annette age is simply a number.
What is the best age for a woman to consider Bio-identical therapy?
The age varies per person, however, on average, women may begin to experience age-related hormone imbalances around ages 35-40. I recommend that women have their hormones tested in their 20s or 30s to establish their ‘lifetime baseline.’ Once you have determined your baseline with regular testing, it’s easier to monitor hormone levels to ensure that they stay healthy and balanced. In the event of an imbalance at any point in your lifespan, (and it will come) your doctor can refer to your baseline; it’s easier to develop a treatment plan that restores hormones to their youthful levels. It’s ok if you don’t have a baseline. You can still balance your hormones, you just have to become more aware of how your body feels, and tell your doctor so that he/she can adjust dosage levels.
How long until I see the results from using the hormones?
Most women begin feeling better within a few months of starting bio-identical hormones. Some women’s results may take a bit longer to achieve. Keep in mind, it took some time for you to lose the balance of your hormones, so it can take your body some time to recover. You may begin to feel a difference within a matter of weeks, especially when it comes to increased energy levels and better sleep patterns. Every woman has a different experience, but the end result is the same – a healthier, more balanced, happier ageing path.
Will I lose weight from bio-identical therapy?
If I had a dollar for every time a client asked me this question I’d be rich! Hormones need to be perfectly balanced to produce the best results, whether that is weight loss or weight gain. As a personal fitness trainer, combined with the correct type of exercise and diet, I have seen great weight loss results with clients when hormone levels are restored, especially around a woman’s mid-section.
Will I have to take the hormones the rest of my life?
The answer to this question is yes, as they are slowly draining form your body, never to return, as the years pass bye. Hormone levels are affected by ageing, genetics, lifestyle habits and unfortunately today, even environmental factors. Regular dedication to keeping them balanced should not only include not only hormone therapy, but nutrition and fitness.
What are the side effects associated with Bio-identical hormone therapy?
Bio-identical hormone therapy can have a few side effects, however they are usually linked to your dosage. As your hormone levels improve, your dosage may need to be changed if you notice side effects. Some women have reported breast tenderness, spotting, cramping and bloating. These symptoms may be experienced initially with treatment, but resolve as hormone levels become balanced. It is important that you tell your doctor about your side effects.
Is bio-identical hormone therapy safe?
Interest in bio-identical hormone therapy started to take off in 2002 when a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) was halted after researchers discovered an increased risk of breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, and other problems in post-menopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy. The hormone used in that trial was an FDA-approved combination of synthetic estrogen and progesterone. Many women stopped taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and went looking for alternatives.
Today there are many examples of forgotten or ignored scientific studies combined with up-to-date clinical experience that provide solid support for the safety and benefits of BHRT.
I am still confused about synthetic hormone replacement (HRT) and natural bio-identical replacement BHRT.
I find women are still very confused that there is a difference between Bio-identical hormones and conventional hormone therapy. Conventional hormone therapy uses synthetic hormones (HRT) or animal-based hormones that are slightly different from a woman’s hormones. Bio-identical hormones (BHRT) are biochemically the same as those made by the ovaries during a woman’s reproductive years.
HRT Hormone Replacement Therapy – is Synthetic , say “NO”
BHRT Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy- is Natural, say “YES”
Who do I see if I need Bio-identical replacement therapy?
I recommend my clients should ONLY be treated by a reputable doctor who specializes in bio-identical replacement. One who can test your body’s levels to ensure the need for Bio-identical hormone replacement.
I have a low sex drive; can bio-identical hormone therapy help?
Yes, it could be that you are just low in the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone, which work in perfect balance to fuel your sex drive. Too much or too little of either of these hormones can cause a decrease in your sex drive.
Is this why you look and feel great at 52?
Yes, I believe that Bio-identical hormone replacement is the backbone to ageing well, combined with a healthy diet and exercise that is suited to your age. All of which is part of following a Keep Life Simple lifestyle.
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