"normal isn't optimal"
What Are Hormones and Why Do They Matter?
Hormones are chemical messengers produced by glands to help regulate processes like growth, sleep cycles, energy, metabolism, sexual function, and adaptation to stress. Factors like gender, genetics, immune status, diet, environmental toxins, exercise, stress, and childbirth all affect hormone production and balance. And, as we age, hormone production naturally declines, resulting in an increased risk for age-related symptoms and diseases. The conventional medical world calls these fluctuations and declines "normal" and so they often go unaddressed and untreated. But normal is in no way optimal and shouldn't be disregarded in the presence of symptoms like fatigue, anxiety or depressed mood, cognitive decline, low libido or sexual dysfunction, weight gain, muscle loss, dry and brittle skin, hair and nails, or bone loss, just to name a few. Balancing and/or replacing hormones when deficient helps restore our bodies to optimal functional capacity, giving us more energy, clarity of mind, faster metabolisms, stronger libidos, healthier bones, the ability to heal and recover faster, and restful sleep through the night.
Types of Hormone Replacement
When people hear hormone replacement therapy they often think of a pill, patch or a cream, and more often than not their knowledge of these therapies is limited to what the conventional medical world advertises and uses: synthetic hormones made from horse urine...yes, horse urine. These imposter sex "hormones" look nothing like what our bodies actually make and so we can't process them properly. While they can help to relieve symptoms, synthetic sex hormones create a greater toxic burden long-term and unwanted side effects.
Bio-identical hormones (bHRT), as their name implies, are structurally identical to our own - they are plant-based and easily metabolized making them less likely to cause unwanted side effects. Bio-identical hormones can be delivered via cream or gel, troche (dissolvable gummy), oral capsule, vaginal suppository, injection, or ` .
Doctor Jess suggests hormone replacement therapy(-ies) based on her patients' physiological needs, clinical history, lab values and personal wants and desires. She may also recommend thyroid supplementation or medication, adrenal support, peptide therapy and nutritional supplementation where indicated.
If you're unsure as to whether bHRT is right for you take our , or better yet, schedule your private, one-on-one with Doctor Jess to briefly discuss your concerns, outline the process and options, and answer any questions you may have.
If you know you're ready, call or email today to schedule your initial office visit: a 45 minute session in which you and Doctor Jess will review your medical history, talk in depth about your current concerns and future goals, and discuss potential options. A lab order for blood work will be given and your follow-up visit scheduled. You are more than welcome to bring any recent lab results to your office visits with the understanding that Doctor Jess may still need to order additional blood work before prescribing therapies.