When hormone levels decrease past a certain point for both men and women, replacing them becomes not only desirable, but necessary for optimal function, health and longevity.
Bio-Identical simply means that the hormone is exactly the same molecular structure as that which is made naturally by your body. This is important because your body recognizes it as natural and can metabolize it normally. Using Bio-Identical Hormones and administering them in the most physiologic manner possible is the safest and most effective way to regain hormone balance.
Generally women will become deficient in progesterone and/or testosterone in their late 30′s to early 40′s. A lack of estrogen usually doesn't occur until shortly before or at menopause (average age of 51). Replacing all three hormones after menopause is usually necessary for optimal hormone balance, but in many cases replacing progesterone or testosterone before menopause can have a large benefit. Replacement of each hormone offers unique benefits for decreasing adverse symptoms and preventing future disease.
Andropause, or male menopause, occurs in approximately 50% of men by age 55. Unlike female menopause where there is a definitive landmark, andropause is an almost imperceptible decline in numerous body functions. In many ways the symptoms of andropause are actually quite similar to those of menopause. The cause of andropause is a decrease in the male hormone testosterone. This leads to not only many adverse symptoms, but also to an increased risk of multiple diseases such as: