Bioidentical Hormones and Replacement Therapy

The Impact it Makes on Your Quality of Life

At An Optimal You, we believe that many age-related symptoms can be linked to a hormone imbalance. After the age of thirty-five for men and women, hormone levels decline due to aging, stress, and toxins from the environment. This is often when medical problems beginning to arise. Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) is best-known for supporting women through these transitional years but is can also be extremely helpful for men during andropause. BHRT can restore male symptoms such as lost libido, poor zest for life, or persistent fatigue. Our doctors use bioidentical hormone replacement therapies to restore optimal levels, which improve the quality of your life. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about Balanced Hormone Replacement Therapy, give us a call today!

Hormones — such as estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline, and insulin — are extremely important chemical carriers that affect many phases of your overall health. They are secreted by various glands and organs, including your thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testicles, and pancreas. We are experts at safely replacing specific hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, thyroid, growth hormone, melatonin, pregnenolone and Vitamin D (pro-hormone).

The hormones we prescribe for replacement are bioidentical, not synthetic. Bioidentical means they have been drawn from natural substances then biochemically designed to replicate human hormones. Synthetics are not made within a biological organism, they are in fact made in laboratories.

What Causes Hormone Imbalance?


Poor diets are a major cause of hormone imbalances. Consuming excess sugars and carbohydrates generates a decrease in energy, causing us to become more lethargic. Other causes can include lack of healthy fats & oils, such as avocados and nuts, low fiber, not drinking enough water, insufficient vitamins, minerals & nutrients, and eating too many processed foods. Imbalance can also stem from exposure to toxins such as pesticides, preservatives, and second-hand smoke. Stress can deplete the adrenal glands, creating an imbalance.

Your lifestyle is another huge factor in imbalances – lack of daily exercise, poor or insufficient sleep, alcohol, smoking, and more can all contribute. Exercise helps to increase testosterone and helps maintain balance by reducing the level of cortisol in the body while sustaining serum insulin levels. Sleep helps keep stress hormones balanced, creates energy and enables the body to heal properly. Excessive stress and poor sleep are linked with higher levels of morning cortisol, low levels of immunity, a decrease in work performance, and a higher susceptibility to anxiety, weight gain, and depression. To maximize hormone function, try to get to bed at a time that will allow you to get the amount of sleep you need and then stick with a regular sleep-wake-cycle.

Common Signs of Hormonal Imbalance


  • Infertility and irregular periods – thyroid dysfunction and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are the two most common causes of fertility-related imbalance. Either condition can make getting and staying pregnant without medical intervention more difficult.
  • Weight gain or weight loss – unexplained fluctuations that are not due to intentional changes in your diet or lifestyle.
  • Changes in appetite – this could start with not eating enough or perhaps overeating, leading to slower metabolisms and ultimately weight gain.
  • Depression and anxiety – hormonal activity is responsible for a variety of physical and psychological reactions, including anxiety and depression.
  • Fatigue – mood swings, insomnia, depression, and any hinderance to your adrenal function.
  • Hair loss or hair thinning – you may notice more hair falling out when brushing or notice it loosely falling out throughout your day. Hair loss is also linked to other diseases as well, so contact your medical professional if you start to experience these symptoms.
  • Insomnia – not being able to fall asleep or remain asleep for extended periods of time.
  • Low libido – snoring, weight gain, taking certain medications, low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression can all alter your sex drive. If your cortisol levels are spiking, this will also cause you to lose your sex drive.
  • Digestive issues – your stomach must have proper levels of acidity to digest amino acids, fats, and carbohydrates that are essential to healthy hormone production. Intake of green vegetables will help the liver detoxify. Essential fatty acids and cholesterol can help digestive issues caused by imbalances.

Symptoms – What you should be paying attention to:


Symptoms of hormonal imbalances can range greatly depending on what type of disorder or illness they cause. For example, high estrogen can contribute to difficulties that include endometriosis and reproductive issues, while indications of diabetes often include weight gain, changes in appetite, nerve damage and problems with eyesight. If you or someone you know may be experiencing these symptoms or are showing similar signs, contact An Optimal You to schedule your consultation.

Some of the specific problems that arise from common hormonal imbalances include, but are not limited to

  • The dominance of Estrogen – changes in sleep patterns, changes in weight and appetite, higher perceived stress, slowed metabolism.
  • Lower estrogen levels – low sex drive, reproductive problems, menstrual irregularity, changes in mood.
  • Diabetes – weight gain, nerve damage, eye site becoming worse, fatigue, trouble breathing, dry mouth, acne.

These problems can occur in men and women beginning in the late 30’s and early 40’s. Usually, women begin the Menopause phase around the age of 50, but this can also depend on an individual’s hormones and other environmental factors as well.

Benefits of BHRT


BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy) is acquired from plant sources and built to be bio chemically the same as those naturally flowing through the body. BHRT replenishes the body to the healthy levels your body needs. Bioidenticals have fewer side effects than synthetics since they are structurally the same as the hormones already in your own body. Remember your glorious 20’s, when the world was at your fingertips and you could stay out all night, eat loads of junk food, and still manage to pull yourself together? You probably had an abundant source of energy, a youthful appearance to your skin, and a toned figure. These were the years when you were at your youthful best. We at An Optimal You, know it may seem like those years have long since passed you by, but that does not need to be the case anymore. We can help you bring back some youth to your life!/p>

It’s been proven that replacement therapy for men and women can help improve quality of life and make you look and feel younger again. Read on to see what other benefits BHRT provides.

  • Improved cholesterol, lipid and C-RP (C Reactive Protein) levels.
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Maintain healthy skin, bones, muscles, and stamina
  • Slows the appearance of aging
  • Better maintained libido
  • Protection against heart disease

Protection against heart disease is one of the major benefits of BHRT. Human estradiol has been widely researched for years and has been found to have many positive effects on the cardiovascular system. It regulates cholesterol levels–increasing HDL and decreasing LDL and triglycerides – while at the same time playing an intense role in preventing vascular inflammation. This helps protect women against blockages that lead to heart attack or stroke. Studies have shown that plant-based, human-identical hormones do not display the same toxicity, health risks or side effects that non-identical versions do. Much like a woman’s own estradiol and progesterone protect her heart, these hormones are skillful enough to stimulate receptors in the cardiovascular system, the brain and throughout the body. Properly applying bioidentical hormones provides the same heart-protective advantages a woman experiences prior to the hormone deficiency of menopause.

How Does BHRT Help Women with Menopause?



Throughout this article, we have explained many advantages of using Balanced Hormone Replacement Therapy for men and women, but now let’s dive deeper into how this amazing treatment helps women during those uncomfortable years of Menopause. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is widely used by women who want to manage their menopausal symptoms. We know that Menopause affects all women differently, in fact, some women have Menopause systems years before it starts. BHRT effectively treats hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other uncomfortable menopausal symptoms. Most menopausal women are also less tired, have greater mental focus and energy, improved mood and heightened libido, all of which continue for as long as they continue their BHRT treatments.

These treatments can also help preserve bone architecture and strength. Women who start BHRT in their peri-menopausal years have been seen to experience a lower risk of fractures in later life. Some studies also suggest women who have hormone replacement during peri-menopause have a slightly lower risk of Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease.

Let’s review some of the Goals of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

  1. Alleviate the symptoms of hormone depletion caused by aging, stress and/or environmental factors.
  2. Give protective benefits that were originally provided with balanced hormone levels in your twenties.
  3. Re-establish hormone balance.
  4. Fight off early signs of diseases.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men


As shown in this article, hormone therapy techniques are not only for women. What most people do not know or understand is that men experience a more gradual loss during andropause, also known as the “male menopause.” Andropause can make daily life feel like an uphill battle, and because men are living longer, more active lives they are seeking and finding relief from the serious symptoms of hormone imbalance with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The signs and symptoms for men are nearly the same as they are for women. Hair loss, depression, weight gain, and more.

Start Your BHRT Journey Today!


At An Optimal You, we pride ourselves on being California’s #1 Hormone Replacement Therapy provider at our #1 Anti Aging Center. Our facility is comprised of the best doctors that beautiful Southern California has to offer, and we promise to provide you with the best service. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, unexplained weight gain, struggling with the difficulties that menopause brings, or any other symptoms listed above, call us!

We will work with you to understand the problems you are dealing with and provide you with a solution to improve your quality of life. Live your life rather than just exist each day. Have an intensified spirit and the energy to enjoy each moment in life. Using bioidentical hormones that occur naturally, we can create the perfect hormone replacement therapy program for you to make you look and feel younger again. Contact us today!

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