Remember your 30s? Weren't those years great? Years of vibrancy, life and potential. Your 20s? Even better. The world was your oyster with passion and excitement permeating every facet of your life.
Now you're in your 40s and 50s and you've started to notice some things: You're tired. An 8:30 p.m. bedtime? Yes, please. Can we do this again tomorrow? Because you probably will.
Your brain doesn't work. Somehow between starting a sentence and ending it, you forget what you're talking about. Where are your keys? Who knows. Suddenly mental processing seems to take more work than it should.
Your love life is almost nonexistent. It's not that you don't love your partner, it's just a problem with having the energy and time to make it happen.
Some might say these are the effects of getting old. Do not surrender to this notion. If you find yourself longing for the energy, sharpness, vitality and connection with your partner from the days of yesteryear, there is a simple solution to your problem: bioidentical hormone therapy.
What do hormones do?
According to healthline.com, hormones "control most of your basic bodily functions. They serve as an internal communication system between cells throughout the body. They coordinate everything from digestion and growth to your appetite, mood and libido. So, when your hormones are out of balance even slightly, it can have a big impact on your health and well-being."
Bioidentical hormone therapy can be used as a natural solution to hormone imbalance issues for men and women, remedying the effects of having a hormone imbalance.
Why would a woman consider bioidentical hormone therapy?
According to avivawoman.com, optimized hormone levels for women can improve mood, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, impaired vision and Parkinson’s disease. Testosterone (yes, women need testosterone) can provide a woman with mental clarity, increased libido, muscle tone and mass.
The North American Menopause Society also states that hormone therapy can aid in the reduction of hot flashes, emotional imbalance, preventing muscle atrophy, osteopenia, osteoporosis and pain in the muscles and joints.
Why would a man consider bioidentical hormone therapy?
Bioidentical hormone therapy can also be beneficial for men. The Harvard Men's Health Watch states that men begin losing testosterone at a rate of 3 to 10 percent per year beginning at age 30. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency may include fatigue, lack of mental acuity and loss of libido. Other results of low testosterone can include weight gain or difficulty losing weight, loss of muscle mass, feeling sluggish, depression and irritability. While a healthy lifestyle may help sustain a vibrant life, it's often not enough on its own to prevent the change of testosterone levels for many men.
"It wasn't an over-stimulated feeling like I get with caffeine, but instead, an energy and focus that persisted and fueled me all day long. And it stayed, the next day, and the next, and the next."
What is the process? Where should I go?
One place experienced in providing bioidentical hormone therapy is Aviva Woman (yes men, you can go there, too). Its professionalism, the ambiance at the sanctuary and the process is designed to be calming and encouraging while you take the next steps to a balanced, vibrant life.
Expect an initial blood work examination to take place to dial in a plan for your specific hormone needs. Blood work will be ordered and drawn at a lab of your choice. Once the results of your hormone levels from the lab work come in, Aviva Woman will schedule an evaluation of your report with a nurse practitioner who will review all your levels, make recommendations based on the findings and help set a plan of treatment.
One option is bioidentical hormone pellets created specifically for you, meaning they are chemically identical to those your body produces. After a short, subdermal procedure, the hormone pellets will gradually adjust your hormones over the course of several months.
One patient who received the treatment wrote that after just a few days:
"I just felt on my game, and I was almost shocked to realize one day out of nowhere how much I had been able to get done, without stress, and without exhaustion," he explained. "It wasn't an over-stimulated feeling like I get with caffeine, but instead, an energy and focus that persisted and fueled me all day long. And it stayed the next day, and the next, and the next. I think my employer should pay for my next round of pellets"