Have you noticed that you haven’t been feeling like the best version of yourself lately? You may not be sick or have anything in particular wrong with you, but something just feels…off.
It could be that you don’t have as much energy as you once did, that your focus isn’t as sharp, or that you just seem more moody than usual. Maybe you’ve also noticed a lack of motivation in your daily life or a decrease in your sex drive. If any of these issues are relevant to you, you’re not alone. You could be like millions of Americans suffering from a hormone imbalance.
Most people will suffer from a hormone imbalance at one point or another, but the issue is particularly common in men and women as they age. Fortunately, you don’t have to just live with the symptoms! Forum Health West Bloomfield offers scientifically-backed treatments, including bio-identical hormone replacement therapy in West Bloomfield, that can help alleviate symptoms and get you feeling like your old self again.
Read on to learn more about our treatment options!
What is a Hormone Imbalance & How Does it Affect Me?
A hormone imbalance can occur at any point in your life, but the majority of people affected are aged 40 or older. When your hormones are at suboptimal levels, it can cause many of your biological functions to become out of whack. These may show up in the form of universal symptoms, such as:
- Loss of libido
- Decreased muscle mass
- Weight Gain
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
- Mood swings and irritability
- Loss of muscular strength & increased body fat
- Difficulty sleeping
- And more
But, in addition, hormone imbalances may also cause issues that are specific to men or women. For men, a hormone imbalance can cause erectile dysfunction or the development of breasts, while women may suffer from vaginal dryness or particularly heavy, painful, or irregular periods.
Because so many different hormones impact your body’s biological functions, you may actually have more than one hormone deficiency causing your symptoms.
Some of the more common issues stem from an imbalance in your testosterone, growth hormone, or thyroid, but they can also result from a lack of vitamins and minerals in the body.
That’s why, when our providers utilize hormone replacement therapy in West Bloomfield, we aim to optimize all of your body’s primary hormones. Even though fixing one deficiency or imbalance may help, optimizing all of your hormones will lead to much greater synergistic results and lead to more comprehensive improvements.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Our goal with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy in West Bloomfield is to utilize the latest and most advanced treatments to optimize your biological process. By doing so, we can maximize your health and wellbeing, allowing patients to feel better and perform their daily functions to the best of their ability.
Our Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy process starts with a full panel blood work at our West Bloomfield location. We can also perform these tests at our Forum Health locations in Novi, Rochester, Shelby, and Clarkston. These full panel tests allow us to better understand these specific areas in which patients have a deficiency or imbalance.
After performing your blood work, you’ll meet with a medical provider for a one-on-one consultation to learn more about your specific symptoms, challenges, and goals for treatment. We’ll also use this as an opportunity to learn more about your medical history and any allergies and medications you currently use.
After taking the time to learn more about you, your symptoms, and your specific hormone imbalances, we can begin to develop a treatment plan based on your unique profile.
The best part about our approach to hormone replacement therapy in West Bloomfield is that it’s completely accessible wherever you’re at! We will determine the proper medication and dosage to get your hormones into an optimal range, and then we will ship your medications to wherever you are in the country.
Commonly Treated Deficiencies
Though your full panel blood work will help our providers determine the specific areas where you have a hormone imbalance, there are a few areas in particular that we tend to see patients lacking the most. Some of these areas are common in both men and women, and some are specific to your sex.
The DHEA hormone, produced by your adrenal glands, has a variety of different functions that affect both mens’ and womens’ health. In particular, DHEA helps to restore a person’s sexual vitality while also stimulating your immune system and decreasing your body fat and cholesterol. Additionally, DHEA can impact your mood and your ability to reverse the effects of stress on your immune system.
The Thyroid hormone is another hormone found in both men and women, helping to regulate your temperature, cerebral function, and metabolism. Because your thyroid is so vital for fat breakdown and temperature regulation, many people with a thyroid deficiency struggle with their weight and body fat levels.
With thyroid treatments, your provider will focus on optimizing your Free T3 levels, which help improve your energy and reduce fatigue. We’ll also focus on managing your TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), which helps stimulate the thyroid gland and produce more of the thyroid hormone.
Estrogen and Progesterone
Both estrogen and progesterone are secreted by the ovaries but cease production once a woman begins menopause. Both are closely related to women’s health, and both help reduce the risk of osteoporosis while also treating premenstrual symptoms. However, the two hormones also have additional, differing functions in terms of how they protect the body.
Progesterone helps protect against uterine and breast cancers. Estrogen, meanwhile, helps protect against problems like heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimers. An estrogen deficiency can also cause:
- Mood swings
- Sagging skin
- Decreased libido
- And increases in fatigue or depression
When treating these deficiencies with hormone replacement therapy in West Bloomfield, our providers make it a point to only use natural, bio-identical estrogen and progesterone supplements.
Testosterone, though normally associated with men, is also present in women’s bodies. In particular, testosterone helps to maintain and increase your muscle mass, strength, and endurance. In men, a lack of testosterone can lead to many of the same issues as a lack of estrogen in women, including mood swings, depression, and a low sex drive.
In addition to Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, our providers can also utilize Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) to treat the symptoms of Low T in both men and women. Using this method can increase not only your physical health, but also your emotional health and wellbeing.
Focus on “Optimal” Hormone Levels
What sets our hormone replacement therapy treatments apart at Forum Health West Bloomfield is our commitment to finding your “optimal” hormone levels. Each person is different, and the specific treatments, dosage, and frequency of therapy needed will all be different as well.
The problem with many hormone therapy clinics is that they don’t take this fact into account. Rather, the treatment programs are too rigid, causing some people to get too little or too much treatment at incorrect doses for substandard results.
With our approach to hormone replacement therapy in West Bloomfield, we’re capable of scientifically designing a treatment plan to help with your specific deficiencies. What’s more, because each person has a different optimal range, we don’t just focus on returning your hormones to normal levels. The reason being that there is a wide range of what medical experts consider “normal”.
For example, testosterone levels (also known as T levels) between 280ng/dL and 1000ng/dL are considered normal. That’s a significant range, and simply returning a person’s T levels to 280ng/dL may not be enough to eliminate symptoms.
We want all of our patients to feel their absolute best, and going the extra mile to find your optimal hormone production level ensures a better chance of that outcome.
Try Hormone Replacement Therapy in West Bloomfield at Forum Health West Bloomfield!
Forum Health West Bloomfield is proud to offer the latest technology and treatments to optimize your hormone levels. With our personalized approach, we help patients learn the root cause of their health and wellness issues and work relentlessly to help patients overcome their symptoms. Backed by a highly experienced and professional staff, we offer lasting results in a judgment-free environment.
Regardless of your condition or symptoms, our staff will work with you individually to help patients overcome their unique challenges. With proven hormone replacement therapy in West Bloomfield, we can help men and women feel like the best versions of themselves.
Contact us to schedule an appointment!