• Jami

One of the best parts of getting to work with our patients is learning their story, and journey, regarding aging. Hearing about how they discovered Balance Found, or what led them to try Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is so interesting we thought we’d share a recent conversation at our practice.

Samantha started showing symptoms last year, with terrible bouts of joint pain. First it was her shoulder, she would wake with terrible pain in the morning. Then her hip, then her knee. It seems to sort of move around…and overall, make things difficult in her day-to-day life. Normal tasks like carrying grocery bags, lifting her dog in and out of her car, walking on a treadmill, all hurt.

“The 20 pounds of weight I’ve put on during this lockdown made it worse. The pain is making it hard to stay active. And that’s not all...I have no energy. Sometimes I can have 3 cans of energy drinks or coffee and I’m still absolutely exhausted! I saw my family doctor, then my chiropractor, also adding in a nutritionist. Nothing seemed to help, although I loved all their ideas. It never dawned on me that all this joint pain was coming from menopause and lack of estrogen!” Many women think that weight gain and other symptoms like bloating, hot flashes and joint pain during menopause are normal and can’t be stopped. But here’s the truth, there are several things that happen during menopause that can be fixed. 1) A drop in estrogen levels. Estrogen helps to regulate metabolism, weight and reduce inflammation. 2) Inflammation. A drop in estrogen can also cause higher inflammation levels. 3) A drop in Testosterone levels – yes, women have testosterone too. Not only a lack of energy and joint pain come from this, but brain fog, irritability, low libido and depression are all symptoms of low testosterone due to menopause as well.

We are so glad that Samantha decided to Google her symptoms and discover Balance Found! She is on her 3rd pellet treatment and feels as good as she did in her 30’s! Just read our Google reviews to see how many more patients are beyond happy they discovered BHRT at Balance Found. We look forward to seeing you next!

  • Jami

As many women come to find, as we age, something changes with our bodies and our "moisture". Estrogen is a hormone that is important for sexual and reproductive development. It is most known for, and is often called the female sex hormone. The term "estrogen" refers to estrone, estradiol (primarily in women of reproductive age) and estriol.

Why is Estrogen so important?

Estrogen is important to women from very early ages, as it helps control the menstrual cycle. Once women become of child bearing age, it is very important again, as it manages women's reproductive systems. Estrogen also has other functions: It keeps cholesterol in control, protects bone health for both women and men, and helps our skin heal from bruising.

How does Estrogen make you feel?

Some of estrogen's positive effects include: Increasing serotonin receptors in the brain, which makes us feel great and sleep great, and changing our endorphins, which are the "feel-good" chemicals in the brain.

How does estrogen benefit the reproductive system?

  • Ovaries: Estrogen helps stimulate the growth of the egg follicle.

  • Vagina: In the vagina, estrogen maintains the thickness of the vaginal wall and promotes lubrication.

  • Uterus: Estrogen enhances and maintains the mucous membrane that lines the uterus.

How do we know if our Estrogen is too low?

What symptoms may women experience if Estrogen levels are too high?

  • Bloating

  • Swelling and tenderness in your breasts

  • Fibrocystic lumps in your breasts

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Irregular menstrual periods

  • Increased symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Mood swings

  • Headaches

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please give us a call at (215) 595-2440.

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It’s long been known that Men and testosterone go sort of hand in hand. But why?

The male hormone testosterone is hugely important to the development and maintenance of male physical characteristics, like muscle size and strength, and growth of facial and body hair. A new study of older men carried out by The University of Western Australia has found there is a link between men who have higher levels of the sex hormone estradiol, produced from testosterone, and slower aging.

Testosterone, often known as the sex hormone, is necessary for the male (and female) body to maintain healthy drive (libido). It is also crucial for bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm. A small amount of circulating testosterone is converted to estradiol, a form of estrogen.

For most men, testosterone levels show signs of decline at about age 40.

Unlike women, the sudden drop in hormones that women experience at menopause, the decline in men is gradual, averaging just over 1% a year. Testosterone is also the hormone that distinctly dictates male attributes. Low testosterone levels (low-T) are linked to wrinkles, muscle loss, weight gain, and thinning hair.

Specific Signs/Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency (TD)

  • Reduced sex drive

  • Reduced erectile function

  • Loss of body hair

  • Less beard growth

  • Loss of lean muscle mass

  • Feeling tired all the time (fatigue)

  • Obesity (being overweight)

  • Symptoms of depression.

On the flip side, high testosterone levels may be recognized by excessive body hair, acne, and increased muscle mass. Men usually notice a change in libido and aggressive/irritable mood.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you balance your hormones and testosterone, please give us a call at (215) 595-2440. 

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