As we age, our hormone levels naturally decline. So why is that a problem? Hormones are arguably the most important things in our bodies, chemical messengers that motivate and monitor almost every process that makes us who we are. Growth, metabolism, fertility, and the every-day communication between parts of your body – it’s all controlled by hormones.
Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy In Philadelphia
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is a way of replenishing the hormones that your body needs to function. When we say “bioidentical,” we mean that the hormones used are molecule by molecule exactly the same as the hormones present in the human body naturally.
Do I Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Not everyone needs, or could even benefit, from hormone replacement therapy. So how do you know?
Women suffering from hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, mood swings, weight gain, and low libido may find solutions through Bioidentical Hormone Therapy.
Men experiencing lost libido, fatigue, stress, lack of energy, loss of muscle mass, weight gain, and increase in body fat can be successfully treated using the therapy.
The professionals at Philadelphia’s Rossi Wellness Center will be able to review your symptoms and determine whether or not hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
Which Hormones & Why?
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. Secreted by the testicles in males and ovaries in females, testosterone promotes muscle growth, bone strength, and a healthy libido. Plus, normal levels of the hormone, which is technically a naturally-occurring steroid, act to regulate physical and mental energy. For more information, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s report on Testosterone’s function here.
Estrogen is the main female sex hormone and, like testosterone, another steroid hormone. Healthy levels of estrogen regulate ovulation, support a healthy sex drive, improve lung functioning, and are essential in maintaining mental health. To learn more, check out this overview from Healthy Women.
Estradiol is a form of estrogen, and most researchers consider it the most important sex hormone in the female body. Estradiol maintains the health of unfertilized eggs while they are stored in the ovaries and initiates the process that leads to ovulation. The hormone is also active in males, helping sperm mature properly and supporting a healthy sex drive.
Progesterone is another sex hormone, essential to healthy ovulation and menstruation in females, and present in males in smaller amounts. Progesterone allows the body to prepare for pregnancy. In many older females, progesterone levels decrease faster than those of estrogen. An equitable balance of hormones is essential for optimal health.
Cortisol, another steroid hormone, is essential in our ability to appropriately respond to stresses, both everyday tension and life-threatening situations. Low levels of cortisol can lead to symptoms including:
- Mild depression
- Imbalanced blood sugar
- Chronic fatigue
- Low blood pressure
- Decreased immune system function
DHEA, or Dehydroepiandrosterone, is a hormone secreted primarily by the adrenal glands, little buds on the top of each kidney that produce sex hormones and cortisol, too. DHEA is important for many reasons, not least its role in regulating human metabolism. Low levels of the hormone can lead to metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes characterized by insulin resistance, unhealthy levels of cholesterol, and increased weight gain. Rossi Wellness Center also offers effective Weight Management services. You can learn more by visiting our Fitness & Nutrition page here.
Philadelphia’s Hormone Replacement Therapy Professionals
Rossi Wellness Center uses hormones from only PCAB (Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board) certified compounded pharmacies. Each bioidentical hormone regimen is custom-compounded based on each patient’s individual diagnostic results and specific needs. Depending on lab results and patient goals, the regimen may include growth hormone or compounds that stimulate your body to make its own growth hormone.
To learn more, please contact us directly to schedule a consultation. You can call 267.519.2174 or use our online contact form here.