Unlike other headaches, migraines can often be hormonal in nature. Fluctuations in hormones such as estrogen can worsen or inflame migraines. Talk to Dr. Norcom about how Bioidentical Hormone Therapy can help you balance your hormone levels and reduce migraine effects.
Bio-Identical Hormones For Women
As women get older, their natural hormone levels can start to decrease. This is particularly true of estrogen and testosterone. Symptoms of low estrogen include vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping, joint pain, headaches, reduced sex drive and other symptoms. Low testosterone levels can cause weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, anxiety, hair loss, and other conditions. However, that there is a natural way to restore these levels. Hormone Pellet Therapy is a process that utilizes “Bio-identical” hormones to replicate the body’s normal hormonal levels.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bio-Identical hormones are plant-based, natural substances that our bodies can metabolize in the way they were designed to do, thereby minimizing side effects. By “bio-identical” we mean that the biochemical structure of the hormone is exactly matched to the hormone produced in a woman’s body by her endocrine system. Bio-Identical hormones are neither horse hormones nor artificially formulated (synthetic) that is intentionally manufactured to be slightly different from human hormone in order to patent it. These compounded bio-identical hormones can be matched to each woman’s unique needs, something that’s impossible with mass-manufactured products. In Hormone Pellet Therapy, pellets are purified, compressed estrogen and testosterone, derived from wild yams. They are placed under the skin in a simple, quick in-office procedure, where the hormone is released directly into the blood stream. The amount of hormone release depends on blood flow & cardiac output. More sedentary women will find their pellets last 4-5 months, whereas more active women will need pellets introduced every 3-4 months.
- Estrogen is a woman’s most important hormone. Without hormone replacement therapy, the loss of estrogen can put her at increased risk for premature ovary failure, heart disease, osteoporosis, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, tooth loss, impaired vision, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. The longer a woman is without the protection of her own estrogen, the greater the risk for serious health consequences of these conditions. There are estrogen receptors in a range of organs throughout the body and brain. That’s why hormonal imbalance produces diverse symptoms including loss of skin elasticity, bone shrinkage, mood and cognitive decline. On the other hand, when estrogen levels rise as they do in the first week of menses, their overall effect is an increase the amount of serotonin available in the spaces between the brain’s nerve cells. This improves mood. Inside the brain, estrogen acts as a natural antidepressant and mood stabilizer. It is therefore essential that a woman suffering from premature ovary failure or surgical menopause receive treatment from a HRT physician who understands the numerous ramifications of the disease and is willing and able to meet her endocrine and emotional needs.
- Testosterone hormone therapy gives a woman mental clarity, libido and muscle mass and tone. When this hormone is at lower levels, women often report mental confusion, weight gain, and poor muscle growth even with regular exercise. The effect of hormone deficiency on the brain, heart, muscle, bone, and metabolism can be significant without hormone replacement therapy and dangerous to a women’s long term health. The brain needs normal amounts of testosterone and estrogen to produce serotonin, which supports emotional balance. When lacking in these hormones, a woman will experience emotional unpredictability that often results in increased irritability, anxiety, sleep disturbances, anger, sadness and depression. The musculoskeletal system is also adversely affected by the loss of testosterone. By not having bio-identical hormone therapy the deficiency of testosterone can lead to osteoporosis, muscle atrophy, osteopenia, and pain in the muscles and joints.