Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
Both men and women can experience hormonal imbalance, which can be caused by inadequate or excessive hormone levels and many other factors.
Bio-identical hormones, as the term implies, are hormones that have a chemical structure and biological action identical to those hormones naturally produced by the human body. Bio-identical hormones follow the body's natural metabolic pathways and therefore are utilized by the body more effectively than their synthetic counterparts.
The treatment of these conditions and their symptoms, using bioidentical hormones is known as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). The goal of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is not only to alleviate menopausal symptoms, but to restore hormonal balance and through this, improve the quality of life.
Technically, menopause is the moment when a woman has had no menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. Perimenopause is the time period leading up to this milestone.
Symptoms may occur earlier, but most women experience the physical and emotional changes of perimenopause in their late 40s or early 50s when:
- their monthly cycle begins to change;
- estrogen and progesterone production becomes unpredictable; and
- the number of stored eggs in the ovaries decreases.
No two women experience menopause in the same way. Some may have difficulties, while others may be symptom-free. Generally, however, fluctuating hormone levels may lead to:
- irregular periods
- night sweats
- hot flashes
- aches and pains
- a change in sexual desire
- changes to skin texture and appearance
- bladder control difficulty
- vaginal dryness
- disruption of sleep patterns (difficulty sleeping)
- mood swings
- weight gain
- memory loss
- arteriosclerotic heart disease
- premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- fibrocystic breast disease
Bio-identical hormones used for female hormonal disorders (including menopause, peri-menopause, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility) are: Estrogens (estrone, estriol, estradiol), Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA and Pregnenolone.
It was believed that only women experience the middle-age decline in hormones called menopause. However, men go through a process similar to menopause, called male menopause. Many doctors began realizing that their male patients were describing symptoms quite similar to that of women in perimenopause or menopause.
These symptoms are known as male menopause and may include:
- dry skin
- hot flashes
- night sweats
- loss of libido
- excess weight
Although, a majority of the medical community refuses to accept the fact that men can and do experience male menopause in a way that is comparable to female menopause, doctors who specialize in bioidentical hormones for men and testosterone replacement therapy, successfully treat male menopause symptoms.
Unfortunately, many men are left to suffer through the symptoms of male menopause not knowing that they can be helped.
We provide up to date travel information and perform Yellow Fever vaccinations as an added service at DermaNuva.
At the cost of $170.00, a one time Yellow Fever vaccination is administered. This needs a photo document ID for verification. This vaccination is valid and effective for 10 years. In 2012, the countries that need proof of Yellow Fever vaccination are listed on the website www.travmed.com. Review this site for any travel questions. Any travel related questions can be discussed with Dr van der Vyver during a consultation appointment.
Food Allergy Screening
Obviously immediate food reaction can be identified easily. However, delayed food reactions are much more difficult to diagnose. According to recent research, IgE antibodies cause immediate food reactions. Delayed food reactions are often associated with IgG4, a subclass of the whole IgG molecule. The test can detect both IgE and/or IgG4 allergic reactions, thus both immediate and delayed food reactions.
These antibodies combine with the food particles in the blood to form “immune complexes” which cause inflammatory reactions in tissues. Such inflammatory reactions can occur in any part of the body, thus producing many kinds of symptoms such as headache, eczema, joint pain, mental disorders, etc.
DermaNuva performs an on-site finger prick Food Allergy testing for 95 common food types, as well as as a comprehensive screening with a full blood sample taken at any local lab. We send these out to the Meridian Valley lab in Washington, USA for testing. A food elimination and rotation diet is included with the results.