Humans, we have around 50 hormones in our bodies and 10 different glands from which these hormones are secreted. For the most part, we are unaware of what these hormones do in our bodies on a daily basis. But if we have a shortage of one or another of these hormones, we become uncomfortably aware of their function – thus, Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Dr. Michelle McConnell is one of our providers at Live Well Wellness Center and provides answers below to some of the most common questions related to HRT.
1) Who can benefit from hormone replacement therapy?
Everyone can benefit from HRT. Each person is different and will benefit in different ways. A woman may present with terrible anxiety, a little fatigue and low libido. HRT will have a huge impact on her because she’ll notice that her anxiety has been greatly reduced. Men present in a different way, writing off fatigue and low libido as a normal part of aging. Women’s symptoms are more detrimental to quality of life, and in that respect, they may report better results.
2) Why does Live Well choose to use BioTE® for HRT?
BioTE® is a very comprehensive program. This program doesn’t just look at sex hormones or symptoms. Through BioTE®, we can see the large picture of who a person is and what factors (hormone or otherwise) are contributing to their symptoms. BioTE® treats the whole patient. We want the patient to have a holistic result and that’s how BioTE® treats their product.
3) What tends to be the biggest concern from patients considering HRT?
The biggest concern heard regarding HRT from both men and women is cancer. The fear comes from a study done in 2001 that concluded that cancer and cardiovascular events can occur when taking hormones.
There is one MASSIVE caveat to their conclusion: That study was done using synthetic hormones. BioTE® uses bioidentical hormones.
There is no comparison between synthetic and bioidentical hormones. What you’re getting with BioTE® is exactly what your body is putting out.
4) Do I have to stay on hormones for the rest of my life?
By all means it is safe to do so, however if you stop therapy you will only return to the state in which you originally came to Live Well. If you had anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, they will eventually return. HRT is safe to stay on as long as you want to feel good.
5) Are there any other naturopathic care treatments that compliment HRT?
HRT can help with patients who are diabetic, overweight, or have inflammatory markers on their labs. As part of a comprehensive plan that involves other naturopathic care treatments, we can address those issues. Naturopathic care can play a large role in improving overall health – especially when it’s found that hormones might not be the only cause of a problem.
We regularly hear from patients that we’ve changed their lives through hormone replacement therapy. We look forward to helping you accomplish every health goal you set.
Questions About HRT or Naturopathic Care?
No matter your level of familiarity with HRT or naturopathic care, it’s normal to have questions. If you would like to set up a consultation with Dr. McConnell, please call our office, (480) 752-7600, so we can get a time scheduled.