Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has come of age, thanks in large part to TV shows like Oprah and Dr. Phil, whose wife, Robin, inspired millions of menopausal women to give bio-identical hormones a shot after sharing her own personal testimony with viewers about how much BHRT had changed her life for the better.
Similarly, Oprah Winfrey told viewers last year that taking bio-identical hormones have made a big improvement in how she feels. “After one day on bio-identical estrogen, I felt the veil lift,” Winfrey reported. “After three days, the sky was bluer, my brain was no longer fuzzy, my memory was sharper…I was literally singing and had a skip in my step.”
It’s estimated that 50 million American women are in menopause today. Common symptoms include hot flashes, fatigue, depression, anxiety, mood swings, weight gain, and sleep disturbances. These symptoms can begin several years prior to the actual onset of menopause and are usually due to sudden fluctuations in hormone levels. In severe symptoms, especially sexual dysfunction, the hormones estrogen and testosterone often take a nosedive.
Dr. Michele Zormeier, a highly respected cosmetic surgeon in Indiana with advanced training in wellness medicine, has treated many women with BHRT, including pre-menopausal women in their 30’s. She says the results have been phenomenal, “One of my patients reported that BHRT had literally saved her marriage after restoring her sex drive and losing the weight she gained as a result of depression, a common symptom of menopause.”
Although bio-identical hormones have been around for years, many people, including some doctors, are misinformed. This is due, in part, to the federal government’s decision in 2002 to suspend the use of synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after a large clinical study questioned the safety of using them, resulting in the search for alternatives to treat menopausal symptoms.
One of the more popular alternatives to emerge has been natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. As hormone levels decline with age, BHRT replenishes the hormones that your body needs to function.
Unlike synthetic hormones of the past, bio-identical hormonesare natural in that they are made to have the same molecular structure as the hormones made by a woman’s own body.
“The bio-identical hormones are a natural solution for minimizing symptoms of menopause, such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and hot flashes,” Dr. Zormeier says, “They also improve sleep and libido in my patients while increasing muscle tone and energy. I’ve seen dramatic results in patients on BHRT, not just in their physical health, but in their marriages and relationships in general.”
Dr. Zormeier utilizes a variety of blood, urine, and saliva tests to determine individual hormone levels. Depending on the results, Dr. Zormeier then creates a customized treatment plan that usually involves bio-identical hormone creams that are applied on the wrist or thigh.
Balancing hormones isn’t just for women either. As men age, they also experience a dwindling of hormones, especially testosterone. No matter what your sex, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can restore the loss of energy and vitality that some experience as part of the aging process. Dr. Zormeier says most patients experience benefits within a month.
If you’re interested in finding out if BHRT is for you, you can call 317-414-3000, or e-mail [email protected] To learn about other complimentary therapies for boosting overall health, visit www.drmichelezormeier.com.
About Michele Zormeier, M.D.: Dr. Michele Zormeier is double-board certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology for Head and Neck Surgery. As a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Michele also specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and complementary medicine. Her focus is balancing hormones, improving nutrition, and creating biochemical balance to improve quality of life in every aspect.