Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Louisville KY
Rhonda Hettinger has a passion for helping patients prevent disease and heal from illnesses that can destroy the quantity and quality of life. Rhonda has specialized in Family Medicine for many years, and she has a special affinity for helping her patients maintain heart health and prevent heart disease. While poor lifestyle choices are usually the main reasons for heart disease, the heart can also be affected by hormonal imbalances.
Men and women experience symptoms from hormone imbalances as they age, and symptoms due to hormone imbalances can reduce the quality of life, making life tasks difficult and not enjoyable. These life-altering symptoms are known as the syndromes of peri-menopause, menopause, and andropause, and the discomfort produced by these symptoms can make daily tasks increasingly difficult.
Bio-identical hormones are used to address the symptoms produced by hormone imbalances and age related hormone decline, and they are unique because they are exact replicas of the hormones produced by the human body and are usually made from plant sources. In contrast, synthetic hormones are usually made from animal waste, such as the urine of pregnant horses, and are not chemically and molecularly identical to the hormones produces in the human body. The chemically incompatible structures of synthetic hormones are thought to be the reason why women and men experience side effects when taking or non-bio-identical hormones.
The main three sex hormones that go out of balance to cause age related symptoms include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Both men and women have all three hormones and they are present in varying amounts. In men, the testicles produce testosterone, and the adrenal glands produce small amounts of estrogen and progesterone. In women, the ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone, and the adrenal glands produce slight amounts of testosterone.
Estrogen is necessary in both men and women for brain function, metabolism, and appearance. Estrogen is known to help the brain detoxify and to enhance memory. It decreases LDL, or bad cholesterol level, lowers triglycerides, and helps to maintain bone health by allowing the bones to absorb zinc, magnesium, and calcium. Estrogen also keeps the hair and nails lustrous, the breasts full, and increases collagen bonds to keep skin youthful. Estrogen decline can cause symptoms of insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, brittle bones, dry skin or wrinkles, thinning hair, poor concentration or memory, weak nails, high blood pressure, and mood swings.
Progesterone is related to pregnancy, birth, the menstrual cycle, regulating moods, and balancing estrogen. When women are progesterone deficient, they may experience more bloating, water retention, headaches, or heavier menstrual cycles as a result. Both women and men with progesterone deficiencies can experience increased anxiety, insomnia, depression, or weight gain. Progesterone deficiencies may also produce increased migraines or inflammation, which can aggravate arthritis.
Testosterone is important for women and men in maintaining libido, muscle strength, and athletic performance. Testosterone helps produce red blood cells, allows blood flow smoothly through the heart, and reduces recovery time from exercise, which helps increase muscle mass and tone. For men, it is the main sex hormone, and when it is deficient it can cause symptoms of erectile dysfunction, abdominal fat, and low libido. For both men and women, testosterone deficiencies can cause symptoms of muscle atrophy, low libido, weight gain, poor athletic performance, decreased heart health, and high blood pressure.
Rhonda Hettinger at Personalized Prevention works collaboratively with the area compounding pharmacists to customize a bio-identical hormone therapy prescription that is unique to each individual’s needs. Several patients have experienced increased health benefits and symptom relief from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and Rhonda Hettinger works to help patients achieve a greater quality of life.
Questions? Please call Rhonda Hettinger, DNP, NP-C directly at 800-775-4902 Ext. 387 to schedule your consultation, discuss your symptoms and learn more about Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Louisville KY.