Estrogen has many functions in the body. It prevents alzheimers disease & improves memory, increases metabolic rate, improves insulin sensitivity, regulates body temperature, helps maintain muscle, improves sleep, improves blood flow, maintains collagen & hydration in the skin, reduces the overall risk of heart disease, increases concentration, maintains bone density, increases sexual interest, aids in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin which decreases depression, irritability, anxiety & pain.
Before commencing bio identical hormonal restoration, a experienced doctor needs to know when to treat the signs, symptoms & laboratory results. A thorough medical history with health risks needs to be taken to assess suitability of treatment. Patients should have a gyno examination, pap smear, mammogram, bone mineral density test and a colonoscopy. Our laboratory work with bio-identical hormones derived from plant sources which are modified to exactly replicate the structure of human hormones. They most closely mimic natural human physiology.
There are three types of estrogens & this is why most of our bio identical estrogen replacement therapy must be custom made & individualised according to symptoms & laboratory results. A follow up test should be routinely done every 4-6 months to make sure the levels are “spot on” and in balance with other hormones in our body like progesterone and testosterone.
Because estrogen is broken down in the body in a rather complex way, here in our laboratory we can assess via urine testing the pathway your body is breaking down the different types of estrogen. This pathway can highlight your bodies ability to methylate and produce less dangerous estrogenic products. If needed we have products that can support methylation apart from increasing the good pathway of estrogen breakdown via exercise, cruciferous vegetables, flax, soy, kudzu, broccoli, high protein diet, omega 3 fatty acids & weight loss.