Bio-Identical Hormones for Women

Millions of women in the United States are suffering from the symptoms of hormone imbalance and menopause including:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Weight Gain
  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Loss of Sex Drive
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Irritability
  • Erratic vaginal bleeding
  • PMS symptoms
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Fibrocystic breast disease

These symptoms are associated with your stress level, nutrition, fitness level and the environmental toxins your body is exposed to on a daily basis.


Bio-Identical Hormones for Women

Dr. Svendsen prescribes only bio-identical hormones, hormones which are identical to the body’s own chemistry, integrated with nutrition and fitness. Our goal is to provide a  treatment that helps women suffering from the symptoms of menopause and live the best life possible while at the same time minimizing the side effects often associated with synthetic hormone therapy.


Exams and Tests for Women

To determine your hormonal needs, Dr. Svendsen will thoroughly evaluate your symptoms and order saliva testing and/or blood tests to determine what your unique hormonal needs are. You will also receive a comprehensive physical exam.  After starting therapy we will reevaluate your hormone levels to ensure that they are maintained within optimum balance.

Dr. Svendsen may order the following lab tests, depending on your needs:

  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEAS
  • Cortisol

Estradiol, progesterone and testosterone are sex hormones associated with many functions throughout the body.  DHEAS and cortisol are produced by the adrenal gland and are hormones produced in response to stress.  It is important that these stress hormones be evaluated along with the sex hormones, as there is a lot of interaction between the two hormone types.

Thyroid hormones play an important role in metabolism, brain function and cardiovascular health.  Again, there is a large interplay between the thyroid hormones, sex hormones and stress hormones.  Dr. Svendsen may test the following hormone levels:

  • T3 (active hormone)
  • T4 and reverse T3 (inactive hormones)
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • Thyroid antibodies

Dr. Svendsen may also test for growth hormone deficiencies as well as basic lab testing for cholesterol, cardiac risk factors, metabolic function and blood count testing.  Dr. Svendsen can provide other routine screenings such as Pap smears, gynecologic exams, breast exams, referral for mammography and colorectal cancer screening.


Treating Hormonal Imbalance

Treatment of  hormone imbalance involves replacing exactly what is missing, or low, with the body’s appropriate bio-identical hormones in customized dosages.  Every patient is followed closely by Dr. Svendsen who evaluates symptoms and uses laboratory tests to determine each patient’s customized dose.  Dr. Svendsen recommends only the finest and most reputable compounding pharmacies to obtain the exact combination of hormones required to achieve hormonal balance.


Menopause

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when the ovarian production of estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone declines. The average age of menopause onset is 51, plus or minus several years. Medically it is defined as the time in which a woman ceases to menstruate for a period of 12 months. While this properly describes the event, the process can begin up to 10 years earlier (called perimenopause).

Long before a woman’s periods have stopped, she has already noticed a change. Her periods become shorter in duration and she notices a loss of energy, a decrease in strength, and a loss of libido. Her mood is altered and she may be more agitated, depressed, apathetic and forgetful. These are all symptoms of menopause, the loss of estrogens, progesterone and testosterone.


Perimenopause

Perimenopause is the period of time before, and for a year after, the final menstrual period during which ovarian hormonal patterns change. The average age at which irregular cycles develop is approximately age 47 but in many cases can start as early as 35 years old. Like menopause, this is a normal part of a woman’s life cycle. Women can experience many of the same signs of menopause and can also find relief with bio-identical hormone therapy.


Treating Menopause and Perimenopause Symptoms

There is no way to stop menopause as it is a natural part of the life cycle.  Every woman will go through menopause at some point in her life.  However, the difference is how you treat it.  Bio-identical hormone therapy can help you overcome the symptoms and effects that occur with this stage of life.