Hormone Therapy Columbus, Ohio
Age Gracefully & Feel Like Yourself With HRT Treatments
If you find yourself saying, “I don’t feel bad, I just don’t feel good,” there’s a good possibility that hormonal imbalances are the culprit of your discomfort. Hormone therapy in Columbus, Ohio is one safe and effective solution to help you feel comfortable and confident again. Dr. Marguerite Weston will work with you to create a complete lifestyle plan that is unique to your goals, your lifestyle and your history!
What Happens When Our Hormones Are “Off?”
Patients often experience fatigue, muscle aches, changes in their cycle, stiffness in joints, weight gain, acne and hair loss due to hormonal imbalances. To determine if your body’s chemical messengers are misfiring, Dr. Weston will employ the DUTCH Test. This advanced hormone test uses urine and saliva samples to create a thorough profile of your unique adrenal hormones, sex hormones, melatonin, and metabolite levels.
The valuable information collected from the DUTCH Test and serum test and an all-encompassing interview gives Dr. Weston everything she needs to get to the root causes of your imbalance. Then we talk solutions — the life-changing therapies that will put you back in control of your body.
Concerns Addressed By Hormone Therapy
Periods are primarily regulated by two hormones: estrogen and progesterone. Menstrual irregularities can be caused by a host of reasons, but are very often activated by hormonal changes throughout your life.
PMS symptoms may intensify as you approach your late 30s or 40s and enter the transition to menopause, known as perimenopause. This is particularly evident in women whose moods are responsive to fluctuations in hormone levels throughout the menstrual cycle.
Perimenopause is the transitional period before menopause and impacts women differently. During this time, levels of estrogen and progesterone begin to change. This brings along a variety of symptoms, including hot flashes, decreased libido, mood changes and more.
At the end of menopause, many women face issues such as difficulty sleeping, memory decline, night sweats, emotion changes and more. Hormone therapy can help mitigate these symptoms and improve overall quality of life.
Sexual behavior and function are regulated by concentrations of gonadal steroid hormones. Lower levels of estrogen are often associated with vaginal dryness and decreased libido. Changes in progesterone and testosterone can also reduce sexual desire.
The thyroid is responsible for regulating weight, energy, metabolism, hair growth and more. If this gland produces too many or too few hormones, it may cause complications associated with those sensitive bodily processes.
Cortisol is the “stress hormone.” When levels of cortisol in the blood are low, it can cause sudden weight gain and decreased libido. When levels are high, they can cause insomnia and anxiety. Lifestyle changes, dietary improvements, and hormone therapy can improve cortisol levels.
We take a holistic, natural approach to prepare your body for conception. For optimizing a healthy pregnancy, we look at hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, ovarian reserve, inflammation, and other lifestyle factors,
A hormonal imbalance can contribute to infertility by disrupting the delicate interplay of hormones necessary for the reproductive process. Balancing your hormones can help regulate the menstrual cycle and overall functioning of the reproductive organs.
What Treatments Do We Offer?
Perimenopause is the gradual transition into and out of menopause that women naturally experience as they age. While the process is organic, that doesn’t necessarily make it comfortable or routine for many patients. Dr. Weston and her team will create a plan that employs holistic lifestyle choices in tandem with safe perimenopausal treatments to help each patient as she prepares for this next stage in life.
Our Solutions Often Include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Pharmaceuticals (when needed)
Bioidentical hormone therapy (sometimes referred to as “natural hormone therapy”) is a treatment plan designed to effectively balance or boost hormones in the body. Most commonly used to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, BHRT uses plant estrogens that are chemically identical to what we naturally make within our own bodies to improve the moderate and severe symptoms most commonly associated with menopause.
These Symptoms Include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Disruptive mood swings
- Weight gain/unwanted weight loss
- Memory loss
- Restlessness and trouble sleeping
- Decrease libido and/or pain during sex
Because BHRT works to regulate hormones, this treatment may also help reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis, cognitive decline, and cardiovascular disease. Some patients have also found a decrease in skin wrinkles and an increase in elasticity as a result of this unique hormone therapy option.
The thyroid gland is responsible for controlling your metabolism. Without proper function, the thyroid can cause a whole host of problems, extending from forgetfulness, to eyesight issues, to heavy menstrual periods and beyond. Dr. Weston always does her best to reduce long-term reliance on medication, but certain circumstances may need drug-based solutions to yield optimal therapeutic outcomes.
Dr. Weston and her team will perform a complete panel for your thyroid, and will work with you directly to customize a strategy to eventually remove medication from your routine.
Too much (or too little) cortisol in the blood can indicate an issue with the all-important adrenal glands. Our team will run a cortisol test to accurately and quantitatively understand how “stressed” your body is and identify any adrenaline-based dysfunction that may be disrupting your life.
An untreated abundance of cortisol can increase your risk of high blood pressure, bone loss and Type 2 Diabetes. Too little cortisol could explain chronic fatigue, dizziness, mood swings and muscle weakness. The key is to catch the imbalance early before it gets worse and then design a sustainable plan to help regulate the stress hormone to a manageable level.
Stress and hormone imbalances are the root causes of hair thinning and shedding. Disruptions in your body’s natural endocrine system caused by lifestyle factors can speed up this process and lead to noticeable hair loss. To get your body’s hormones back on track, Dr. Weston employs natural hormone therapies and medical-grade supplements that address the root cause of thinning to promote hair wellness from within.
Restore Your Hair & Prevent Future Shedding
If you are already noticing the effects of hair thinning, our hair restoration solutions can be combined with hormonal therapy for a full-fledged counterattack to hair loss. PRP for hair growth is a targeted treatment that utilizes your body’s own growth hormones to stimulate dormant hair follicles & retain and strengthen your hair from falling out at the root.
Changes in body chemistry are constant throughout the female health journey, especially during pregnancy and childbirth. New mothers can be clouded with emotions and physical symptoms of haziness, anger, anxiety, and depression due to fluctuations in hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Achieving an optimal hormonal balance during these periods can mean the difference between getting through and fully experiencing life-altering moments.
Hormonal shifts through pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum (followed by menopause and aging) each come with a unique set of challenges that require the right hormonal interventions at the right time. We will use our knowledge and tools to give you a healthy pregnancy and to help you feel supported all the way through your postpartum recovery.
Schedule Your Consultation With Our Hormone Specialists
Hormone replacement therapy in Columbus, Ohio is an incredible functional medicine solution that has helped countless patients reach maximum comfort and performance no matter where they are on their health journey. If you’re ready to feel like you again, we invite you to get in touch with us today and schedule your one-on-one consultation.
From Our Experts
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