Early Signs Of Fading Hormones

On a weekly basis I have patients saying “I wish that I had come in to see you sooner”. Often they did not recognize the early signs of hormone deficiencies. If they did recognize the signs, they have usually attempted to get answers by utilizing their insurance and seeing their regular doctor. Either way, they have suffered longer than they had to and are happy that they now feel better.

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Men and women both suffer from hormonal imbalances at around 30 to 50 years old due to many reasons: hormone disrupting chemicals (in products we use on ourselves and our house, in our food, in our water), stress, poor overall diet, poor sleep, etc. We age poorly when our hormones decline. Signs of hormonal decline are irritability, depression, anxiety, insomnia, poor muscle tone, inability to lose weight, increased aches/pain, brain fog, decreased memory, decreased vitality, etc. Men may get a decrease in morning erections and women may get hot flashes and/or night sweats. There are a lot of symptoms of hormone imbalance that get ignored because they often come on gradually.

It is not normal aging for you to feel “old”. When you optimize your Testosterone, Progesterone, Estrogen, Thyroid, and Growth hormone it enables you to live your life fully and do the things that you enjoy doing. Replacing your missing hormones with bio-identical hormones is a piece of the wellness puzzle. The first step is recognizing that you may have a hormonal imbalance and not waiting to get it evaluated. The second step is realizing that health insurance is focused on disease and not wellness. In order to have proper treatment you must seek the care of a physician specially trained in hormone balancing. This is customized care that is not covered by insurance. Put your health and well being first and don’t be a person who regrets waiting.

Small Steps – Big Changes

As you are sitting or standing there reading this, thoughts are going through your mind and you are starting to realize that there are things in your health that you wish to improve or change. And if you made this shift in your health you would feel better and have a more positive life. And, as you realize this, you also realize that often fear is the reason that you have not made this shift.

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There are many fears that you may have: the fear of failure, the fear of who you would be if you did change, the fear of being ridiculed, or some other fear. No matter what your fear is, it stems from an internal dialogue. We all have a voice inside our head that talks to us. It is this voice that says you can’t do this, you will fail so don’t even start, or it says something else that hinders your progress.

If you wish to become healthier it involves hormone balancing, a healthy diet, regular exercise, good sleep, the right supplements, and minimizing toxin exposure. It also involves turning that little voice inside you to a more positive and helpful voice. It is the slight shifts in you that cause the huge results later on. If you know what to do to get started, then do it. If you don’t know what to do or need assistance with this in another way; ask for help.

When do I stop taking bioidentical hormones??

This question comes up every now and then, and it is a great question. First of all, realize that taking bio-identical hormones has become a necessary thing because we live in a world full of toxins and chronic stress that disrupt our endocrine system. The endocrine system is made up of the different glands that produce hormones as well as the multitude of hormones that are produced.

What Are Hormones?

Hormones are simply chemical messengers that allow our different cells to communicate with each other. Hormones attach to the different cells through highly specific receptors and create a reaction in that cell that is specific for that hormone. Certain toxins can unfortunately mimic some of our hormones and disrupt our hormonal balance. These toxins come in the food we eat, the water we drink, the products we put on our skin, the household cleaning agents we use, etc. It is almost impossible to escape being exposed to them.

When you realize that stress also affects our hormone imbalance and you combine that with the numerous toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, it is easy to see why we require bio-identical hormones in order to balance out the equation. Minimizing toxin exposure, dealing adequately with stress, and taking properly prescribed bioidentical hormones is the best way we know of at this time to live a vital life as long as possible.

The answer to the question stated above is “why would you want to stop taking them and deteriorate slowly over time. Do you stop exercising when you achieve good physical health.??”. Taking bioidentical hormones (Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, Thyroid) is an important piece of the Optimal Health puzzle in this crazy, toxic world that we live in.

Declining Hormones

Imagine moving around and being able to do the things that you love to do. Perhaps you are already feeling vital and strong, but perhaps you are like the majority of people out there who yearn for a body that serves them better. Are you feeling tired, achy, moody, flabby or just feel that you have passed your peak?? Men and women both can feel this way and it is not the way that you have to age. Having a slow decline in your health is not your destiny—you can live with vitality and when it is your time to go, leave this earth quickly and not after a slow deterioration over 30, or more years.

With modern sanitation, medicine, and an abundance of food we are living longer lives. Unfortunately with longer lives we are seeing a marked increase in the number of chronic illnesses and the number of years that an individual is alive but is in a deteriorating state. We can not avoid dying but we can shorten the dying process and increase the number of years that we live feeling younger. If you are all about the quality of life then continue reading.

Declining hormones, along with poor lifestyle choices, are largely responsible for the slow deterioration that we are seeing all around us. The good news is that we have the capability to prevent this slow deterioration, and even reverse some of it . This gives us the ability to live long AND vital lives, not just long lives.

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Decreased levels of Testosterone, Thyroid, Estrogen (women only), Progesterone, and Growth Hormone are often experienced for years before a person seeks medical attention. The decline can be subtle, especially for men, and is often misdiagnosed as depression, anxiety, the normal aging process, or simply that nothing is wrong with the person. The problem lies in the fact that the majority of doctors are not specially trained in detecting hormone imbalances as they are taught to look at normal values and they are not allowed the proper time to get to know you and your unique needs. Let’s face it–you do not want to be average, you want to be above average, right?? The “normal” values do not represent optimal.

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Testosterone pellets

Men and women are both in need of Testosterone, just in varying amounts. Testosterone is critical for ensuring that you have vitality, are able to heal, can sleep soundly, have mental focus and it helps to stabilize your mood. It is not just about libido, or sex drive.

Hormone Pellets

Bioidentical Testosterone pellets are an effective way to get a daily dose of Testosterone. (In women we can also add bioidentical Estrogen pellets if needed). The pellets are easily inserted into the fatty tissue in the upper outer part of your buttocks as a simple outpatient procedure. The pellets secrete a low dose of Testosterone into your blood stream on a regular basis and secretes more when your heart rate and blood flow goes up. It is the most physiologic way to receive bioidentical Testosterone replacement.

It may take a few weeks after your first pellet insertion to visibly notice a difference. Testosterone performs a multitude of bodily functions, many of these are undetectable to you. Men typically require repeat pellets at about 4 to 5 months, with a maximum of 6 months and occasionally needing them at 3 months. Women typically require repeat pellets at 3 to 4 months, with a maximum of 6 months.

In return for a few simple procedures a year you can think more clearly, have less pain, feel happier, and overall live with more vitality. Bioidentical hormone pellets are one option for you to consider when optimizing your hormones.

Testosterone is not just for men!

I see many different types of women for hormonal issues and occasionally they have actually started bio-identical hormones but still did not feel optimal. It is extremely rare for them to have been put on Testosterone, and if they were it is usually a suboptimal dosing. This shows that there is a lot of misunderstanding about Testosterone –both with patients and with prescribing doctors.

Testosterone in woman

Testosterone is a hormone that is present in both men and women. Obviously men have a higher amount in their blood than women, but it is still an important hormone for women to have. Many people think that it is only a hormone for sex drive and nothing could be further from the truth!! Testosterone is responsible for helping you heal, enhancing your mood, improving your focus and memory, helping your sleep, and giving you overall vitality. It has a few hundred functions in the body and without optimal Testosterone levels you will simply not feel like yourself.

Replacing your Testosterone with a bio-identical replacement hormone is a big part of regaining your vitality. Eating a healthy low sugar whole food diet, minimizing your toxin exposures, reducing your stress, and taking bio-identical hormones all work together to ensure that you live longer feeling young and vital. If you are feeling tired, depressed, have aches and pains, can’t sleep well, have brain fog, or feel less than vital; you will want to get your Testosterone and other hormones checked by a hormone specialist.

Men-O-Pause

Hi Dr. Blanscet,

Thank you for the great information on the hormonal changes that women go through as we age. I was wondering if guys go through something similar. I always tease my husband that he is going through “Man-o-pause.” Is there such a thing?
-Heather V.


Indeed there is! Andropause is the medical term for the decline in hormones that occurs as men age. Testosterone is the main hormone that declines in men, although I also look at other hormones. Testosterone has many roles in the body. Not only is it key for drive and stamina, it is essential for many other functions in the body. Testosterone plays a role in bone density, muscle mass, and red blood cell levels, among other things.

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Men make up a large percentage of the patients who seek out hormone therapy. They are often referred by their wives or have heard about hormone treatment from some of their guy friends. The symptoms men may experience include: decreased energy, more aches and pains, changes in mood, trouble concentrating, issues with erections and/or libido, increased body fat, poor muscle tone, slower recovery after workouts, sleep issues, and they may generally feel like they’ve passed their peak. You may hear him complain that he’s “getting old.” A man with low testosterone may not necessarily experience any change to his sex drive, but other symptoms will be evident.

Men’s hormones drop more gradually than ours do so it can often be overlooked. Generally testosterone will decline slowly starting in the thirties. Our toxic environment seems to be accelerating this decline. Remember that testing in a “normal” range for testosterone is not the same as testing at an “optimal” level, so doctors without special training in hormones may not recognize a problem. The trouble is that “normal” is based on a population that is overweight, fatigued, and stressed; basically a population that is not feeling optimal. Often everyone gets caught up in the facade of staying within the arbitrary “normal values” that the whole person is forgotten. Before you assume that the man in your life is doomed to suffer because his lab work is “normal”, trust your gut feelings that something is not right and have his hormones evaluated by a physician who is trained to get him to optimal lab values and functioning.

The great news it that when done correctly it is perfectly safe for men to have Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Men on optimal HRT report feeling at their prime again. Improvements in motivation, mood, memory, energy, sleep, libido, and even their physical appearance have many men loving life again! There are several ways to restore hormone balance in men including bioidentical pellets, creams, or injections. Each man is different and needs a personalized HRT program that addresses his unique needs.

Do not rely on your insurance to pay for optimal wellness–if you want to feel balanced it is in your hands. For the men and women out there: if you are experiencing the decline in your health and the drop in vitality that comes with a decrease in hormones, act now and stop suffering. Schedule a consultation with a hormone specialist!

Staying Balanced

Many people seek my guidance on how to help them balance their hormones. This is a complex subject that has many parts. Balancing your hormones properly is like putting a puzzle together–it takes some time, patience, and requires multiple pieces.

Organic Foods

Taking bio-identical hormones such as Estrogen, Testosterone, and Progesterone is definitely an important piece of that puzzle that will help you to feel better and live a more vital life. In addition, it is also important to minimize the hormone disruptors that you are exposed to on a regular basis.
Stress is something that can disrupt your hormones, thus it is critical to learn how to properly manage stress. Yoga, meditation, epsom salt baths, deep breathing exercises, regular exercise, etc can all help you with this. Avoid watching news and turn off your electronic “toys” and TV on a regular basis. Practice just being in the moment.

Chemicals are all around us and many are a cause of disrupting your hormones. Do not put anything on your skin that you woul d not safely be able to eat—what you put on skin absorbs into your body in about 30 seconds. Also, be mindful of your cleaning products as they can be a source of harmful chemicals.
It is a good rule of thumb to eat a diet of organic non GMO foods— focusing on whole foods and not processed foods. A hormonally balanced diet is one that is full of organic vegetables, some organic fruits, and a wide variety of organic protein sources. Avoid meat from animals given hormones and other artificial substances. You don’t have to eat perfectly, simply be aware and realize that every little thing does add up so choose wisely whenever possible.

Balancing your hormones means being able to live a full, active, and vital life. Taking bio-identical hormones is an important piece of this. Your daily choices are also important. Be aware and make positive healthy choices whenever you can. Do your best and focus on progree, not perfection.

Low Sex Drive

A low sex drive is a common complaint. This is heard from both women and men, but men are more likely to be concerned about it and women sadly tend to accept it more easily. A healthy sex life is important for both men and women–a couple needs intimacy to truly thrive in their relationship.

Happy Couple

There are many reasons for a low sex drive. Stress definitely lowers anyone’s sex drive so it is important that you take time to relax and spend quiet time alone as a couple. If you are having communication problems or other issues with your partner these need to be addressed. Seek the help of a counselor or communication expert if needed. Make your relationship a priority.

Hormonal imbalances in both men and women can drastically affect a sex drive (your desire for sexual relations with your partner). In addition, a hormonal imbalance can affect function– in men it can affect your erection abilities and for women it can affect your vaginal lubrication. Both men and women require optimal Testosterone, Estrogen, and Progesterone for healthy sexual functioning and desire–obviously the levels of each of these hormones differ in men and women but both sexes need all of these hormones to be optimal.

If you are a man or woman in your late 30′s to 50′s who has noticed a decline in sex drive and/or sexual functioning it is smart to get your hormones properly evaluated by a bio-identical hormone specialist. Regular doctors simply look at normal values and normal values will mistakenly show that you are fine when you are not. Optimal hormone levels are where you function at your best and this is what a hormone specialist is trained to help you achieve.

Andropause: Male Menopause

Men go through a hormonal change but unfortunately it is largely ignored or treated incorrectly. Men’s Testosterone starts to decline around age 30. It is a slow, gradual decline over the next few decades. Stress and chemical hormone disrupters expedite this decline.

Hormone Pellets and Their Benifits

As a man’s Testosterone decreases he may have fatigue, loss of muscle mass, poor recover from workouts, emotional changes, sleep disturbances, a decrease in morning erections, a lowered sex drive, and other diverse symptoms. Long term potential risks of low Testosterone are osteoporosis, dementia, and an increased risk of heart disease. Replacing your Testosterone can potentially mitigate these long term problems and can definitely help to bring back your vitality and performance.

When replacing Testosterone you want to use bio-identical (biologically identical) Testosterone. The best form is directly absorbable into your blood stream and gives you hormones when you need them, just as your testes would do if the functioned properly. Bio-identical pellets are the only way to this. This is given to you through an easy office procedure ever 3-6 months. As a result of this treatment you can expect to have an improved energy level, increased sense of well being, increased cognition, and overall function.