Natural Hormones Replacement Therapy (NHRT)
Women’s wellness is our passion and we strive to help you get more out of life through nutritional medicine, herbal therapies, and natural hormone replacement therapies.
Hormones are very powerful in our bodies. Using nutrition, herbs, diet, exercise, and hormone therapies we can help your body find better balance. Hormones affect DNA expression and proper balance is essential to preventing cancer and other serious diseases. In addition, when your hormones are balanced you’ll notice increased energy levels, a greater sense of well-being, and you’ll look and feel younger.
The key hormones addressed in the Natural Hormone replacement Therapy include:
Combining holistic medicine with advanced lab testing and hormonal therapies we can help you have more energy, stronger bones, a strong libido, deeper sleep, a better mood, and so much more. Imagine walking down the street with a big smile on your face because you feel so good. Our goal with every patient is to create a life enhancement plan that will increase wellness, longevity, and with minimal supplements and medications.
The Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy Questionaire
These questions will help you determine if there are any areas of your health that could benefit from the Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Do you have a hard time getting up in the morning?
Do you always feel tired in the afternoon?
Do you sleep poorly?
Do you rarely dream?
Do you lack sexual desire?
Does your clitoris seem less sensitive?
Have you lost your attraction toward your partner?
Do you lack vaginal lubrication?
Is your abdomen too plump? Is it distended?
Are your breasts too large, do they get larger before your periods?
Are your buttocks and thighs too well padded? Are you pear shaped?
Do you suffer from short -or long-term memory loss?
Do you have trouble concentrating?
Stress & Mood
Do you suffer from constant fatigue?
Do you have high blood pressure?
Are you anxious, nervous, or irritable?
Do small things set you off?
Are you depressed?
Skin & Hair
Wrinkles on your face along the nose, smile lines, forehead creases?
Do you have little wrinkles around the eyes and crows feet?
Do you have age spots?
Do you have dry, thin skin?
Are you loosing your hair or is it turning grey?
Joints & Bones
Do you have arthritis?
Do you have osteoarthritis in the lip?
Do you have sharp shoulder pain?
Have you lost muscle mass, tone, and strength?
Do you have bones loss of the spine, hips, hands, wrist, and feet?
Stress Hormones and Wellness
Cortisol is a stress hormone that tends to rise as we age. Excess cortisol production can lead to blood sugar problems. Cortisol is a corticosteroid. Synthetic versions of cortisol include Prednisone®. These synthetic versions are often times much more potent and while they can be useful to reduce inflammation they can also cause diabetes and weight gain.
Cortisol levels rise in your body in the morning and help energize your body. Your testosterone levels also rise in the morning at the same time. Drinking coffee stimulates cortisol production in your body and this is why it is generally okay to drink coffee in the morning but not in the afternoon. If your cortisol levels are elevated in the afternoon it can suppress thyroid function and prevent you from being able to go to sleep. In general, we like to measure cortisol 4 times during the day with an easy saliva test to figure out what your daily cortisol pattern is like. There are ways to increase and decrease cortisol levels as needed.
Low Mood In Women And Prozac® Deficiency Myths
One aspect of women’s health that is often mistreated, in my opinion, is low mood. There are likely to be multiple factors contributing to the low mood and these can include hormone imbalances, relationship problems, and lifestyle. Prozac®, for example, can be helpful in certain situations but a deficiency of this medication is far from the cause of the problem. Some women may have a genetic need for more serotonin and there are many ways to improve these levels without the unwanted side effects that many experience from anti-depressants.
The Paleo Diet For Women
“Even short-term consumption of a paleolithic type diet improves BP and glucose tolerance, decreases insulin secretion, increases insulin sensitivity and improves lipid profiles without weight loss in healthy sedentary humans.”1
It is about what you do every day and NOT what you do once in a while (in general). With respect to diet, this means eating a healthy diet most days and still eating cake on your birthday. What is a healthy diet? We receommend the Paleo Diet.
The paleo diet for women is based on what we likely were eating during the majority of our evolution, which is, basically, meat and vegetables. Notice how we have molar teeth for grinding? That means we are meant to eat vegetables. And, our canine teeth? For eating meat: its simple structure determining function. If we had four stomachs like cows, I’d say we’re designed to eat grass and raw vegetables but we don’t so eat your vegetables either fermented or cooked.
Animals that eat lots of plant matter and little protein have several stomachs that allow them to ferment the plant matter in their body. Humans have found a way to do this using glass jars (ie sauerkraut or kombucha).
Healthy Aging and the Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Thierry Hertoghe, MD discusses Anti-Aging Medicine. Thierry Hertoghe, MD is world famous doctor in anti-aging medicine and lectures around the world on his approach to bio-identical hormone and nutritional therapies.
Life enhancement for women at FEMME CLINIQUE is provided by trained and licensed physicians who understand how to help you get the most from life. There are a number of treatments we offer that can help enhance your life.
For women after menopause, hormone replacement therapy can certainly be life enhancing. The decline in hormone production after menopause can be life changing.
“Women with low Aggression/Irritability and Fatigue had consistently higher progesterone levels”1
In younger women, progesterone begins declining around age 30. This decline is similar to the decline in testosterone that men experience starting around age 30 years old. The decline of progesterone in women is linked to decline in libido, problems sleeping, anxiety, and other health problems. During times of stress the body will “steal” hormone precursors to make stress hormones like cortisol. This will lead to weight gain and thyroid problems because cortisol effects blood sugar regulation and decreases thyroid hormone levels.
“The TSH test should not be utilized in the diagnostic confirmation of hypothyroidism because the diagnostic accuracy of the TSH test in confirming hypothyroidism is unknown, several aspects of the TSH test indicate its poor diagnostic utility and thyroid hormone trial therapy is the best method for achieving diagnostic certainty.”2
Before menopause, progesterone and thryoid hormone deficiencies are quite common. Subclinical hypothyroidism, for example, is low thyroid that is missed by standard lab testing. Most doctors merely check the signal from the brain to the thyroid, called the TSH test. The TSH test has been shown to be almost worthless unless there is a sever problem because most people are going to fall into the gray area.
In a study of adult taiwanese in 2012, researchers found that subclinical hypothyroidism (low thyroid that doesn’t meet traditional criteria) were at increased risk of death by ALL causes including increased cardiovascular risk.3 That means if you have low thyroid that is missed by a TSH lab test your at increased risk of death. At Femme Clinique we do comprehensive thyroid lab testing. We also looks for symptoms and physical signs of low thyroid function. We believe in treating people not labs. Lab testing is merely a guide and there are many things that we can measure but many things that we cannot measure presently.
In the near future, 3-4 years, we will be able to determine your entire genetic code and look for small nuclear polymorphisms (SNPs) that may be limiting your potential. These SNPs are small pieces of genetic code that vary from individual and certain versions can cause greater needs for certain hormones and nutrients.
In addition, the environment can affect how our bodies function and there is evidence that birth control pills can cause long lasting changes in liver function even after discontinuing the pill. Birth control pills can cause an increase in proteins produced by the liver that bind hormones in your blood and prevent them from being active in your body. The good news is there are ways to address this problem and we can measure these levels with a simple blood draw.
Get Your Passion For Passion Back
Oxytocin is a hormone your body produces when you make eye contact, touch someone, have an orgasm, and deliver a baby. It is also produced during breast feeding and causes boding between mother and child. Lack of orgasm during sex is a sign of oxytocin deficiency. Higher levels of oxytocin increase the chances of multiple orgasms during sex.
Oxytocin is also well researched as a social hormone. It has been shown to enhance social abilities.4,5 It has also been show to have many benefits for women sexually. It can improve libido as well as enjoyment from sexual activity.