Hormone therapy can rebalance your hormones to restore your quality of life — but understandably, you may hesitate to use synthetic pharmaceuticals for hormone replacement. At Quantum Functional Medicine in Carlsbad, California, integrative health specialist Juergen Winkler, MD, offers a better path to hormone restoration. Dr. Winkler prescribes natural options that help boost your body’s hormone production in a safe way. Book an appointment online or call the office to arrange your consultation.
Starting from the late 30s and early 40s, both men and women experience testosterone decline. While testosterone is normally thought of as a male hormone, women have their own natural testosterone.
In both men and women, testosterone can help to prevent heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer — all among the most common causes of death today. Testosterone helps to control your blood sugar levels and improves your memory, fitness, and immune system function.
Premenopausal women who have low testosterone may experience weight gain, high blood sugar, poor stamina, and a variety of other early aging issues.
Hormone replacement is the easiest way to restore testosterone levels in premenopausal women. Dr. Winkler can prescribe either topical creams or bioTE pellet therapy for women. BioTE hormones are derived from natural plant sources.
They're called "bioidentical" because they’re precise molecular duplicates of your body's own hormones.
Postmenopausal women have reduced estrogen hormones, and may also have low testosterone. In this situation, Dr. Winkler can prescribe topical or oral hormone preparations, such as Bi-est Cream (a topical compound of estriol and estradiol) or estradiol alone.
Usually, postmenopausal women receive progesterone supplements and may also need testosterone supplementation.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Winkler can also prescribe thyroid and adrenal support after menopause, including dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a hormone that helps you make testosterone and other hormones, or pregnenolone, a precursor hormone that serves as the base for estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and other hormone production.
Men may need different hormone therapy based on their age and stage in life. For men under the age of 65, Dr. Winkler can prescribe treatments to stimulate their body's natural testosterone production. But some men in this age group (and older men as well) need hormone replacement.
Hormone replacement can restore testosterone, estrogen, and dihydrotestosterone levels in men. Options include topical preparations, injections, and bioTE pellet therapy. And as with women, Dr. Winkler can prescribe thyroid and adrenal support like DHEA and pregnenolone according to your needs.
For bioTE pellet therapy, Dr. Winkler surgically inserts highly compressed bioidentical hormones into the skin in your upper buttocks. This is a minor in-office procedure with no downtime. Women simply need to limit exercise for three days and men for seven days.
The pellets release hormones into your body as needed, which gives you sustained hormone balance. On average, estradiol hormone pellets last 3-4 months, and testosterone pellets last 4-5 months.
Quantum Functional Medicine offers full-scale hormone and health support, including additional nutritional and herbal supplements to maximize your health. Book your appointment online or call the office.