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Posted on July 25, 2016 11:15 AM by Dr. Mac
Women strive for a long-term healthy lifestyle which is free from risks that may potentially cause complications in the future.  During a hysterectomy, the uterus is removed which often leads to a decision about removal of other organs such as the ovaries.  Many gynecologists decide to remove the ovaries with a hysterectomy if the woman is younger than 51 to reduce the risk of cancer.  What will influence the extent of your hysterectomy procedure?
 
Evaluate The Risks & Live Healthier
 
There are several different types of a hysterectomy but frequently the procedure involves an oophorectomy where the ovaries are removed.  The decision to have a hysterectomy is usually due to any of the following reasons: fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, uterine prolapsed, endometriosis, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and cancer of the uterus, ovaries, or cervix.
 
Ovaries removed during a hysterectomy are believed to reduce the risk for ovarian cancer by 80-90% and breast cancer by 50-60% with no further HRT.  However, hormone levels drastically drop after the ovaries are removed since they are the main producer of estrogen.
 
After a hysterectomy, immediate hormone replacement therapy is vital towards feeling your best as healthy hormone levels are maintained.  Dr. Mac or Kristi guide many women to make a long-term decision in their best interest and retain a healthy lifestyle with hormone replacement therapy.  Will you choose HRT to counteract the hormones you have lost?
 
Why You Should Choose HRT
 
A hysterectomy treats numerous conditions and lowers a woman’s risk for cancer.  With hormone replacement therapy, a woman’s quality of life is greatly improved since hormones affect the body in a variety of ways.  Non-replacement of hormones would increase the aging process and lead to an earlier possibility of dying. Additionally, other chronic conditions may develop that include arteriosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, and osteoporosis.
Posted on July 1, 2016 2:41 PM by Dr. Mac
For some women, feeling older than their age is just a part of life they have learned to accept and contribute to the aging process.  Premature aging in women may occur indirectly as a result of having their ovaries removed during a hysterectomy.  A study shows that 1 in 3 gynecologists do this to reduce a woman’s risk for breast and ovarian cancer.  Yet, removal of the ovaries will cause a hormonal imbalance that can lead a decrease in quality of life.
 
What Can Bioidentical HRT Do For You?
 
A deficiency in hormone levels puts you at a higher risk for other medical issues which are known to deplete your quality of life.  With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), women enjoy healthy estradiol levels and regain that youthful feeling as hormone levels are kept in balance.  Women also benefit from using bioidentical hormones as they experience no increase in arteriosclerosis, loss of bone density, and other menopausal symptoms.
 
As a matter of fact, menopausal symptoms disappear and women with a family history of Alzheimer’s notice less amyloid deposits in the brain when using the estradiol patch.  Meet with Dr. Mac or Kristi to have your hormone levels measured and start an anti-aging plan in Indianapolis that restores a youthful feeling!
 
What Happens Without Bioidentical HRT?
 
According to one study, women who decide not to use bioidentical hormones or stop using them tend to experience a return of menopausal symptoms.  These symptoms include hot flashes, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, and a decrease in bone density.  All of these add to that feeling of aging where your daily life seems more difficult than you expect.  With bioidentical HRT, hormones are restored to adequate levels which promote a superior quality of life that helps prevent premature aging.
Posted on June 21, 2016 12:31 AM by Dr. Mac
Acne is typically thought of as an annoyance that most teenagers experience at some point and find relief through standard measures.  Though, a number of women discover these measures of clearing skin problems to be ineffective as they search for a treatment that yields results.
 
Persistent acne may be caused by a female hormonal disorder known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. Women with polycystic ovaries have higher testosterone levels that cause the sebaceous glands to increase production of an oily substance called sebum.  When that happens, it results in acne of areas which are more sensitive to hormones.
 
Are Hormones The Cause Of Your Acne?
 
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition where a woman has an imbalance of hormone levels which leads to the growth of ovarian cysts.  The first step in determining if hormones are the cause of your acne is to have hormone levels tested.  The test measures androgens to see if hormone levels are elevated and validate the root cause of acne.
 
There are a variety of symptoms related to polycystic ovarian syndrome but many women that have acne find out they have a hormonal disorder.  During this time, an imbalance of hormones is primarily responsible for acne and oily skin as there is an excessive production of male hormones.  Hormonal treatment typically gives the best result towards clear skin as it blocks the effect that androgens have on oil glands.  Are you ready to live acne-free?
 
Handle Your Acne Problem With HRT
 
Acne problems may seem like they never improve no matter how well you practice good hygiene and avoid fatty foods.  Each woman is different but hormonal replacement therapy in Indianapolis from Dr. Mac and Kristi leads to balanced hormone levels where women enjoy much clearer skin.  This form of treatment may be necessary for you to have clear skin as it addresses the core of how acne begins in women with polycystic ovaries.
Posted on May 6, 2016 9:30 AM by Dr. Mac
The decision of choosing when to get hormone therapy for alleviating menopausal symptoms varies among women.  A number of women fear menopause treatment and choose to endure the symptoms of menopause instead of opting for hormone therapy.
 
Unfortunately, these symptoms continue to worsen over time for many women as hormone levels decrease. Hormone replacement therapy treats menopause by returning hormone levels to where they once were prior to the start of menopause.  When will the timing be right for you to seek treatment and feel yourself again?
 
Your Health & Early Treatment
 
Typically, menopausal symptoms worsen when no corrective treatment is implemented.  Aside from that, you put yourself at a greater risk for other health conditions such as osteoporosis where bones lose density.  Menopause has a direct impact on bone density as hormones are vital to bone health and hormones diminish during menopause.
 
Often, fear is the reason for postponing hormone therapy as women have anxiety about the effectiveness of the treatment.  An early start to hormone therapy relieves your menopausal symptoms before they negatively affect your health.  As a result, you enjoy life without the severe menopausal symptoms that trouble some women for many years.  If this interests you, contact Dr. Mac or Kristi to address all your concerns and start menopause treatment in Indianapolis today!
 
Lower Your Risk For Other Complications
 
The initial purpose of getting hormone therapy is to relieve menopausal symptoms so your hormones stay consistently balanced.  Balanced hormone levels not only improve your quality of life but also lower your risk for other health complications.  The earlier you get hormone therapy, the sooner you get your symptoms under control and take full advantage of the health benefits that menopause treatment offers.
Posted on March 28, 2016 9:15 AM by Dr. Mac
By 2020 more than 50 million US women will be older than 51 years old, which is the mean age when menopause occurs.  3/4 of these women experience moderate - severe symptoms for a decade or longer.  Hot flashes often disrupt sleep and may cause mood changes, difficulty concentrating and impairment of short-term memory. Systemic HRT is the most effective treatment to keep a woman productive and healthy.  
 
Many women are confused and anxious since the publication of the Women's Health Initiative in 2002.  In the past decade and a half, nearly 80% of women who could benefit from HRT have been too frightened to receive treatment.  Adding to their anxiety, consulting their physician may not have lead to appropriate treatment that improves their qualify of life.  Hormone therapy prescriptions from OB/GYN's, family doctors, and internists have markedly decreased during this time period.
 
What is a vibrant, young-thinking, active menopausal patient, who may think she's going crazy, to do?  It is certainly reasonable to obtain a 2nd opinion from health care providers who have specialized in safely treating and monitoring HRT for their patients for several decades.  If you wish to pursue this option with Dr. Mac or Kristi, NP, please contact us to get the help you deserve.  Enjoy the menopause, don't just endure it!
Posted on January 18, 2016 10:20 AM by Dr. Mac
Bioidentical hormone pellets may be a topic that you are unfamiliar with or would like to know more about.  To clarify, bioidentical means that the hormones in the pellets are chemically identical to what you have in your body.  They are not synthetic and are derived from plants such as the Mexican wild yam.
 
For some people, the human body can have a deficiency in producing an adequate or optimum level of hormones which can lead to many undesirable changes.  Additionally, there are times when hormones are needed to handle what your body is experiencing so you stay alert and energized.
 
Do You Have A Hormone Deficiency?
 
Insufficient levels of hormones will usually carry a variety of signs or symptoms but everybody is different.  Some of the symptoms include feeling depressed, irritable, fatigued, hot flashes, frequent headaches, or lack of energy.  Man or woman, the symptoms may not signify you have a hormone deficiency but you should have your hormone levels checked.
 
Once hormone levels are restored, the challenges of daily life become less stressful as the body will not experience intense highs or lows as hormone delivery is regularly maintained.  As a result, a patient can expect to feel more alert, energetic, and well-rested since hormone levels greatly impact the human body.
 
Improve Your Quality Of Life
 
In the human body, hormones coordinate complex processes to ensure you function at your best.  Whether you are sleeping or exercising, hormones are working to keep you actively regulated so you enjoy the highest quality of life.  Increase your energy level and vitality for life with a treatment of bioidentical hormones in Indianapolis at our office.  
David McLaughlin, MD