Hormone Replacement Therapy

Menopause, Symptoms, and Hormone Replacement Therapy

Monday, 23 Jul 2018

Menopause — the time of life that all women anticipate. It can be the cause of a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms – from hot flashes to mood swings – that can make life miserable.

While there’s really no avoiding menopause, there are simple lifestyle changes that may make symptoms more manageable. Holistic medicine, designed with a whole-patient approach to medical care, considers every aspect of the mind and body for overall health and wellness. Julia Ward, MD specializes in holistic medicine in Sugar Land, and it’s her mission to offer natural and healthy alternatives – including symptom relief during menopause.

Common Menopause Symptoms

Some of the more common symptoms women may experience during menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Irregular periods
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Night sweats
  • Low libido
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain

Not everyone experiences symptoms in the same way; however, if you or someone you love has experienced some of the more unpleasant symptoms of menopause, you might already realize how disruptive they can be.

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Helps

During menopause your body stops producing certain hormones. The result is that your hormone levels may become unbalanced, which is the underlying cause for many of the symptoms women experience. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) often helps.

Conventional HRT uses synthetic or animal-based hormones, which aren’t the same as naturally occurring human hormones. The result is that the body often doesn’t recognize the artificial hormones, so women may not notice any improvement at all.

By comparison, bioidentical HRT at Balanced Body Image uses hormones that are identical on a molecular level to the hormones that women’s bodies need to function at their best.

As a primary care physician who specializes in holistic medicine, Dr. Ward may also suggest some other natural ways to help reduce the severity of menopause symptoms. For example, incorporating more exercise into your day and making sure you get a good night’s sleep can help too.

Likewise, making healthy food choices may help manage symptoms more effectively. Add more fresh fruit and vegetables into your meal plans. Drink more water (and less soda or caffeinated drinks) to help reduce bloating. Micronutrient testing at our Sugar Land medical spa can help determine nutritional deficiencies; IV nutritional therapy may restore the proper balance.

Call Dr. Ward at Balanced Body Image today — and discuss how bioidentical HRT can help you look better, feel better and live better!

Fighting Fatigue?

Monday, 23 Jul 2018

Chronic fatigue affects many aspects of life. More than just an “I’m tired” feeling, fatigue can also be very debilitating. It’s like carrying around 50 pounds of wet towels on a hot day. You feel completely zapped, and no matter how much you “rest”, you never quite recover.

We’ve all experienced that feeling, and let’s face it. Life’s hectic pace of work, school, kids, and pets can leave you feeling totally drained. But before you blame your lifestyle, know that many health conditions can cause fatigue too.

Knowing the root cause of your fatigue is key, and when it begins to affect your quality of life, it may be time to consult a physician. Julia Ward, MD, is a family practice doctor who specializes in holistic medicine in Sugar Land. It’s her mission to help her patients feel better and live better – and that includes overcoming the draining effects of fatigue.

Her first step? To find the cause.

What Causes Fatigue?

It’s important to first determine if an illness is the cause of the fatigue. Dr. Ward may order diagnostic tests, such as blood tests, to help her detect the reason. If an illness is discovered, she’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan.

Sometimes, though, fatigue is caused by a poor diet and hectic routine. When your body doesn’t get all of the nutrients it needs on a regular basis, you may start to feel sluggish and tired.

Micronutrient testing provides Dr. Ward with details about the vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids nourishing your body. If you’re deplete in any of these areas, Dr. Ward may recommend IV nutritional therapy. Far more effective than supplements, this outpatient procedure delivers nutrients directly into your bloodstream for immediate results.

Nutrition isn’t the only way to combat fatigue.

Our bodies are often fraught with toxins obtained in the very air we breathe and water we drink. Poor diets can lead to toxic buildup, as well, which makes it difficult for your liver and kidneys to perform efficiently. Detoxification removes heavy metal and environmental toxins from your body, and the result is invariably a feeling of rejuvenation and renewed energy.

Hormone imbalance is another possible cause of fatigue. If diagnostic tests reveal this is the case, bioidentical hormone replacement is a natural way to safely restore energy.

Working Together for Better Health

As your partner in health, Dr. Ward will work closely with you to identify the source of your fatigue. Then together, you’ll decide on treatment options that will restore you to health. It may be medication, but also supplements, nutritional therapy, bioidentical hormones, or other holistic approaches.

Schedule time to meet with Dr. Ward or contact us for more information. If you’re fighting fatigue, we’ll go into the battle with you!

Testosterone Replacement Therapy May Impact Prostate Cancer

Friday, 01 Jun 2018

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death for American men. It’s a very serious disease, but with early diagnosis and treatment, the outcome for many men is positive.

Knowing the symptoms of prostate cancer and getting regular screenings is crucial for detecting cancer in its earliest stages. First, though, a brief lesson about the prostate gland, how it works, and the role of the male hormone, testosterone.

The prostate is a complex and important gland in male anatomy. In addition to influencing male reproduction, the prostate gland affects urination and bladder control. An enzyme produced in the prostate also combines with testosterone to manufacture an even stronger hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is responsible for the onset of puberty and adult male characteristics such as body hair and a deepening voice.

The Importance of Testosterone
Testosterone is a chemical messenger that triggers many important bodily functions such as red cell production, bone density, muscle size and strength, and fertility. However, advancing age causes all types of changes, including shifts in body chemistry. Just as women experience menopause and decreasing levels of the female hormone estrogen, men may experience low energy, fatigue, difficulty focusing, and depression due to declining levels of testosterone.

Although men are often embarrassed to seek help and discuss such symptoms, a doctor can determine the cause and present possible treatment considerations. If low testosterone is the diagnosis, hormone replacement therapy is one option for restoring health and vitality. Hormone replacement therapy is not just for women experiencing menopause and the loss of estrogen; men with low testosterone can benefit as well!

Testosterone Replacement and Prostate Cancer
Another reason to consider hormone replacement therapy? Recent research reports that men with low levels who receive testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) have a lower incidence of prostate cancer. In prostate cancer cases diagnosed while receiving TRT, the cancer was often found to be less severe.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Men, do you know the symptoms of prostate cancer? Women should recognize them, too, and remind the men in their lives to be vigilant. Because early stages of prostate cancer often do not produce symptoms, regular screenings, like the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, are the first line of defense. It is only after prostate cancer has advanced that men may notice symptoms like difficulty urinating (such as slow or weak stream or the need to urinate frequently) or blood in the urine.

There are other illnesses that may cause urinary symptoms such as these, some of which are not as serious as cancer. However, never put off a visit to the doctor if you experience anything new or out of the ordinary. Even illnesses that are not cancer should be treated immediately for the best possible outcome.

Holistic Medicine in Sugar Land, Texas
Julia Ward, MD is medical director of Balanced Body Image, a medical spa in Sugar Land. Dr. Ward provides safe and effective bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for both men and women, and it’s her goal to improve health and prevent premature aging with natural and healthy alternatives, including bioidentical hormones.

Bioidentical hormones come from organic sources, such as plants, and are more readily recognized by your body as a helpful agent. Hormones that are synthetically produced in a lab are not a natural substitute for the chemicals your own body produces.

Find out more about men’s health issues, including low testosterone and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Call Balanced Body Image at 281.710.3380 and learn about healthy, productive aging.


Balanced Hormones for Better Health

Friday, 01 Jun 2018

Many health issues can surface due to an imbalance of hormones, and this is especially true for women. Balanced Body Image, a medical spa in Sugar Land, offers medical services that address hormonal imbalance, including bioidentical hormone replacement and pellet therapy. When hormones are balanced, many health benefits can be enjoyed.

 How Do Hormones become Unbalanced?
Hormonal balance isn’t something most of us think about on a daily basis. However, as we go about our lives and run up against its inevitable stresses, we could be at risk for developing a hormonal imbalance. Our hormones are highly effective chemical messengers, but when we deal with chronic stress, we force them to work overtime, and sometimes they simply burn out. The result is that we might have difficulty relaxing, feel tired even after getting sleep, and suffer from wavering moods. And during certain stages of life, menopause, for example, we may be at an even greater risk.

 Some of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance include:

  • Low energy and constant fatigue
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Foggy thinking
  • Low sex drive
  • Decreased bone density and increased risk for osteoporosis
  • Weakened immune system

 Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
Bioidentical hormones are not synthetically produced; rather, they are the product of natural sources (such as plants). Because bioidentical hormones are more organic, they are more similar to the hormones generated by our own bodies. At Balanced Body Image, Dr. Julia Ward offers bioidentical replacement therapy to help her patients achieve improved quality of life.

 Pellet Therapy
Pellet therapy is one way to safely and effectively administer bioidentical hormones. Every three to six months, a pellet is inserted just under the skin where it releases small and consistent doses of a bioidentical hormone. This form of hormone replacement is highly effective in sustaining hormone levels and improving health.

Dr. Ward specializes in holistic and functional medicine for both men and women, meaning that she diagnoses – and treats – the underlying causes of symptoms. Her goal is to improve overall health with natural and healthy alternatives, including bioidentical hormones and nutritional therapy. By identifying the underlying triggers that cause illness and premature aging, Dr. Ward assists her patients in achieving better health and vitality.

Learn how you can feel better, function more optimally, and age with grace. Contact Balanced Body Image at 281.710.3380 today.