Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Corey Howard, M.D. is a Bioidentical Hormones Specialist in Naples Florida that uses specialized programs to help men and women balance their hormones and reduce the symptoms and conditions of hormonal imbalances. Because hormones control countless functions in the human body, imbalances can cause disease and discomfort.
Improving Health With Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Wouldn’t it be great if you could halt the aging process and the effect it has on your body? With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, you can do just that. While treatment with replacement hormones won’t stop you from getting older, it can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of hormonal imbalance commonly attributed to aging.
Corey Howard, M.D. is an experienced Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy practitioner. He work with patients who are experiencing decreased satisfaction in life because of problems caused by an imbalance or deficiency in their hormone levels.
Conditions Treated by Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:
- Adrenal Fatigue
When you suffer from chronic or poorly managed stress, your adrenal glands do not release the level of cortisol you require to remain healthy and emotionally stable. You may struggle with anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, cravings for sweets, and several other symptoms due to adrenal fatigue. Along with proper nutrition, balancing your hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy helps you manage stress better by bringing your cortisol levels in balance.
By the time men reach age 70, they may have only 10 percent of the testosterone hormone they had at age 25. This explains why many men begin experiencing symptoms associated with low testosterone around age 40. Andropause is a term that describes the many physical and emotional changes that occur due to the imbalance of hormones. Testosterone replacement is essential to help you experience long-term symptom relief.
- Chronic Fatigue
It’s normal to feel tired when you are under stress or don’t get enough sleep, but chronic fatigue lasting throughout the day is probably a sign of hormonal imbalance. Unfortunately, it causes other problems such as irritability, depression, and lowered resistance to illnesses. Low estrogen levels are often the cause of severe fatigue in women. For men, severe fatigue can stem from low levels of testosterone. Balancing your hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy gives you the energy you need to meet everyday responsibilities and enjoy satisfying relationships.
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Elevated stress levels and a weakened immune system can both cause IBS, which may present itself as abdominal pain, gas, bloating, or frequent diarrhea. In many cases, both stress and immune system deficiency are related to unbalanced levels of hormones. This can trigger an attack of IBS. Determining what triggers your symptoms, including certain foods and hormone imbalance, is the first step to helping you feel better. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy helps to balance the hormones responsible for triggering IBS symptoms.
- Low Libido
For women, the lack of desire for physical intimacy is due to an imbalance in the amounts of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in your body. When the latter two hormones start declining, it may cause estrogen dominance. This problem is also associated with weight gain, mood swings, and painful intercourse, all of which further decrease your libido. Balancing estrogen in your body so it doesn’t dominate other hormones is essential to restore your desire for sex.
For men, the desire to have sex less often and erectile dysfunction are often related, but it’s possible to have one without the other. Testosterone stimulates the nerves in the brain to become sexually aroused, so this sensation naturally diminishes as you age. Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and a poor diet are additional reasons your libido may be low. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, therapy with bioidentical hormones helps to improve your sexual desire and functioning.
- Low Testosterone
Low testosterone, which your doctor may also refer to as male menopause, hypogonadism, or andropause, is the term used to describe the multitude of symptoms many men experience as they approach middle age. Your testosterone production actually starts declining one percent every year at age 30. Sexual dysfunction, mood problems, weight gain, and low energy are common problems associated with low testosterone that are correctable with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Menopause is the clinical term for 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. As you start menopause, your estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone hormones may fluctuate wildly. Although there are dozens of symptoms associated with menopause, the most common ones include hot flashes, night sweats, low libido, mood swings, and weight gain. Replacement therapy with Bioidentical Hormones can help eliminate or reduce multiple symptoms at the same time.
Although the average age of menopause is 51, you may begin perimenopause as early as your mid 30s. Common symptoms include breast tenderness, changes in the menstrual cycle, skin changes, sexual dysfunction, and loss of bone density. These problems occur due to decreasing levels of estrogen and other essential hormones as you age. If your blood work confirms hormonal imbalance, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you feel more comfortable.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
If you have PCOS, several small cysts are present on your ovaries. The cysts themselves are not always harmful, but they can cause an imbalance of your hormones. This causes numerous problems, such as difficulty getting pregnant, abnormal menstrual bleeding, acne, unwanted facial and body hair, insulin resistance, and weight gain. Treating PCOS with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy balances the hormones, which may help the cysts go away on their own.
- Thyroid Disorders
You have a thyroid imbalance when your thyroid, which is a small nodule at the base of your neck, produces too little or too much of this hormone. When you go to a traditional doctor complaining of fatigue or difficulty losing weight, he may test your TSH level. However, this may not be enough to determine hormone imbalance, which is why Corey Howard, M.D. conducts several medical tests to see if you are a good candidate for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
- Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction can occur in both men and women, and issues with sexual function or performance often stem from a decline in hormone production that comes with aging. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to reduce problems with sexual dysfunction in men and women.
Dr. Howard’s specialized training allows him to get to the root of an imbalance and to determine which hormonal imbalances are leading to the manifestation of unpleasant symptoms. Treating a wide number of conditions, Dr. Howard has helped vast numbers of patients to reduce or eliminate health concerns associated with hormonal deficiencies or dominances. Using individualized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs, Doctor Howard has helped numerous patients in the Collier County, Florida area to regain peak levels of health. Dr. Howard accepts most insurances.