For Women: There are a few ways to find out if your symptoms are being caused by an imbalance in your sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone).
If you’re menstruating, you’ll realize there’s a cyclic component to your symptoms. For many women, symptoms get worse during the week or two before their period and then improve (though often just marginally) after their period. The list of symptoms that can occur with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is vast.
Possible imbalance symptoms while you’re menstruating can include: breast tenderness, mood swings, depression, irregular periods, food cravings, skin changes, monthly weight fluctuation, bloating, headaches (including migraines), fluid retention, backaches, frequent colds, low stress tolerance, fatigue, low sex drive, yeast infections, breast cysts, uterine fibroids. In fact, virtually any symptom with a cyclic component is likely hormonal.
Possible imbalance symptoms during your pre-menopause years and beyond: brain fog (poor memory and low concentration), fatigue, weight gain (especially around the tummy), vaginal dryness, low sex drive, depression, anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, joint pain, dry skin and hair, facial hair, and palpitations.
Post Menopausal women’s symptoms include decreased Estrogen, which may lead to Hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.
For all women, there is also testosterone. You might think of testosterone as more of a male hormone, but it’s vital for women as well. Low testosterone generally occurs during the pre-menopause years and is responsible for low energy and low sex drive. High testosterone appears as part of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and can cause menstrual irregularities, weight gain, facial hair, abnormal sugar metabolism, and susceptibility to acne.
Thrown into the mix are two additional hormones:
Thyroid (usually unde-ractive), with symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, dry skin and hair, brain fog, intolerance to cold, and cold hands and feet.
Adrenal (usually fatigued, as a consequence of unchecked stress), causing fatigue, “crashing” in the afternoon, weight changes, brain fog, salt craving, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, palpitations.
For Men: What is testosterone, exactly? What is “Low-T?
For Men: Testosterone is a hormone and the force behind sex drive. During puberty, testosterone helps build men’s muscles, increases the size of the penis and testes, and deepens the voice. In adulthood, it keeps a man’s bones and muscles strong and sustains the interest in sex. Testosterone is the hormone that makes up a man’s – manhood! Declines in this hormone can be devastating to a man.
In men, testosterone production peaks around age 17 and stays there for more than 10 years. Starting at about age 30, testosterone production begins to slowly decrease. Between ages 40 and 55, it falls off dramatically and this is the beginning of andropause, the male equivalent of menopause.
Shifts in body mass composition is caused by andropause when muscle mass decreases, as fat increases. Energy, motivation, memory and sex drive may also decrease. Many men find these changes challenging and the normal course as they age. These changes should not be accepted as inevitable, BluePrint Health has proven that it’s easier than men think to fight it!
What is “Low-T”?
“Low T” is a term that describes the hindering symptoms faced by men who are experiencing low levels of testosterone hormone. Low levels of Testosterone is a dangerous medical condition that eventually affects all men. This often leads to the need for men to boost their hormone levels to reverse symptoms of “Low-T” in order to address certain symptoms associated with aging.
The first stage of any hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is your consultation. At Vitafi Health + Wellness, we understand that choosing a trusted physician is an important and at times, a difficult decision. Our consultations are designed to learn about your medical conditions and health goals. We want to understand your symptoms and how they affect your quality of life – in a relaxed, comfortable setting.
Labs & Discovery
A blood lab test is required to determine if you have decreased hormone levels and are a candidate for HRT. Once this has been established, a complete physical exam; with your lab results in consideration helps your physician determine the appropriate course of treatment.
Customized Planning & Program Initiation
At the completion of your consultation and blood labs, Vitafi Health + Wellness in conjunction with BluePrint Heath medical specialists have all the information necessary to build a customized program that will help reach the goals discussed in your consultation. Your physician uses their expertise to evaluate your unique physiology and health goals to recommend a customized plan and protocol that’s best for you. These recommendations are your Blue Print to better health, wellness and vitality!
In addition to your physician, Blueprint Health assigns a Patient Care Coordinator (PCC) to your case who will oversee your progress throughout your treatment program. Blueprint PCCs put patients first and will stay in contact with you, monitor your progress, remind you of important milestones and checkups, and just be there to answer questions you have at any time.
Continued Success Care
To ensure your complete satisfaction, safety and health our Patient Care Coordinators will schedule you for new blood labs and/or a physician visit every 3-6 months depending on your specific case. We do this to certify that the therapies and protocols that have been prescribed for you are exactly what your body needs over time. Hormone Replacement Therapy is both an Art and a Science and our goal is to ensure your complete satisfaction and good health.
We are ready to safely set you on the road to successful Hormone Replacement Therapy!