Functional Hormone Balancing
Feeling like you lost your spark? It could be your hormones! Get back to feeling your best with a tailored approach to hormonal health.
What are Sex Hormones?
Sex steroid hormones are the chemical messengers responsible for reproduction (i.e. baby making), but they also have a profound effect on our moods and overall well-being. The main sex steroid hormones in both men and women are Estrogens, Progesterone, and Testosterone.
What are the Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance?
When your hormones are out of balance a variety of unpleasant symptoms can occur, including:
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Breast Tenderness
- Irregular, heavy, or painful periods
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Vaginal dryness and pain
- Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Low levels of estrogen in women is also a risk factor for dementia, osteoporosis, and heart disease, which is why the likelihood of having these health conditions increases after menopause.
Natural Treatments for Hormone Imbalance
Luckily, there are many natural treatments to promote healthy hormone balance. Dr. Burke takes a functional medicine approach to hormone balance, using a combination of nutrition, vitamins and nutrient supplements, and herbal medicines to help restore optimal hormone levels so you can get back to feeling your best.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
In some cases, Dr. Burke prescribes bioidentical hormone treatments for severe menopausal symptoms, to prevent osteoporosis, or as appropriate to treat other health conditions. Bioidentical hormone replacement uses Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone, alone or in combination, to enhance your body’s own hormone levels. Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones that your body normally makes on its own.
Most patients taking bioidentical hormones report that they finally feel like themselves again. Hormone treatments can improve energy, mood, and libido and significantly reduce hot flashes.
All hormone therapies convey some risk and this needs to be carefully weighed against the potential health benefits of these medications. Although the research is somewhat limited, bioidentical hormones do appear to be safer than non-bioidentical hormones like synthetic Progestins and Premarin (an estrogen made from the urine of pregnant horses).