Bio-Identical Hormone Balancing
Your hormone levels can affect almost every facet of your life and wellbeing, yet most people aren’t aware of their hormone levels. Irritability, weight gain or loss, poor memory, decreased sex drive and more can all be attributed to an imbalance of hormones. Our hormone therapy program diagnoses and treats even the mildest hormone imbalances so you can live your best life all the time.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington is highly experienced in diagnosing health conditions that may fly under the radar in standard checkups. She’ll work with you to understand your lifestyle, your background and your primary health concerns so that together, you can arrive at a strategy for maximizing your happiness and wellbeing.
Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery has helped women and men from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and beyond reach a better quality of life with hormone balancing. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about hormone therapy, including pricing.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Hormone Balancing?
Many people can be excellent candidates for hormone therapy, but most don’t realize it. Some of the most common reasons to consider starting hormone balancing therapy include:
- Cyclic moodiness
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low energy
- Inability to concentrate or think clearly
- Poor stress management
- Lapses in memory
- Abdominal weight gain
- Inability to lose weight
- Hot flashes
Your Hormone Balancing Program
During your initial office visit, Dr. Harrington will review your medical history, current medications (including vitamins and herbal supplements) and lifestyle, as well as any symptoms of hormonal imbalance you may be experiencing. Dr. Harrington and her staff will then perform comprehensive testing of your hormone levels, including hormones produced by the reproductive, thyroid and adrenal systems. This involves both saliva and blood tests for the most accurate results.
Approximately 2 weeks after your initial testing, your results will be ready. At this point, you should return to our office to learn about your hormone levels and the best way to move forward.
Reproductive Hormone Therapy
If your test results reveal an imbalance in reproductive hormones (progesterone, estrogen and testosterone), we may prescribe a low-dose bio-identical hormone tablet, cream or nutritional supplement to help put these hormones in balance. Bio-identical hormones are identical to the body’s naturally occurring hormones in both structure and dosage. We prescribe bio-identical hormones in careful doses designed to not overwhelm your body or create other imbalances.
Reproductive hormone therapy is most frequently prescribed in cream form so that the body can properly absorb the hormones. To administer the treatment, patients simply measure out the advised daily dose of the hormone cream and rub it into the skin as instructed until it is absorbed.
Thyroid Hormone Therapy
If the results of hormone testing reveal abnormal levels of thyroid-produced hormones, we may prescribe oral medication, nutritional supplements or a combination. Thyroid hormones cannot be effectively balanced with topical cream. If test results reveal severely elevated levels of thyroid hormones, you may be referred to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.
Adrenal Hormone Therapy
Treating an imbalance of adrenal hormones is more complicated, as adrenal hormone levels fluctuate throughout the day. A normal adrenal curve reflects a higher level of the cortisol hormone in the morning that declines as the day wears on. Adrenal hormone treatment varies in relation to the adrenal hormone curve. For instance, a specific treatment regimen is required if the cortisol curve is reversed. In general, adrenal hormone treatment consists of lifestyle modifications, nutritional supplements, a prescription of orally administered cortisol or a combination.
An imbalance of adrenal hormones is often a response to stress, and consequently can lead to an imbalance of thyroid or reproductive hormones. If we notice that adrenal hormones are out of balance, we may recommend certain changes in diet or lifestyle habits that you can implement immediately to help manage the effects that stress has on the body and to start to restore hormonal balance.
Dr. Harrington requests that all hormone balancing therapy patients return for a follow-up appointment after the initial 2 months of treatment. At this point, most patients have begun to notice changes in their bodies, such as higher quality sleep, reduction in unhealthy cravings, long-awaited weight loss or more consistent moods.
Dr. Harrington and her staff may choose to retest your hormone levels during your follow-up appointment to ensure that your treatment plan is effective and is not affecting other physiological functions. Depending on the results of the second round of hormone tests, Dr. Harrington may fine-tune aspects of your treatment plan. She will also talk with you about incorporating long-term lifestyle adjustments to maintain a balance in hormones and gradually wean off of supplements.
You may wish to learn about our appetite control diet program, which helps patients lose weight and keep weight off by customizing a diet plan specifically for their needs. Our diet program can be the ideal complement to hormone balancing by helping you achieve a greater sense of health and wellness.
Our hormone therapy program can help you reach your best health and sense of inner wellbeing. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your hormone balancing consultation and learn more about how to improve your quality of life.