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Bioidentical Hormones For Every Woman

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Hormones determine how we feel. …

Hormones determine how we feel.
Many physicians believe it is 
the most important thing 
we can do to optimize health—
second only to diet and exercise.


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  • 1. Bioidentical Hormones for Every Woman What every woman should know about bioidentical hormones Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 2. Why is hormone health important to you?
    • Hormones determine how we feel.
    • Many physicians believe it is the most important thing we can do to optimize health— second only to diet and exercise.
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 3. Hormones at Work
    • Starting with the day we are born, the body produces hormones (chemical messengers) to control how and when things happen in the body throughout life:
      • Growth
      • Development
      • Most physical and mental functions
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 4. Where are your hormones made?
    • Most hormones are produced by a group of glands known as the endocrine system .
    • Even though these glands are located in various parts of the body, they are considered one system because of how they work together. 
    • These glands include ovaries (female), testes (male), adrenal and thyroid glands and pancreas .
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 5. How do hormones travel?
    • Hormones travel from these glands into the blood stream and are then delivered to the right cells in the body.
    • When a hormone reaches a specific destination, it's individual purpose is unlocked.
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 6. Which hormones are we talking about? Progesterone Estrogens Testosterone DHEA Cortisol Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 7. Hormones - Estrogens
    • There are three types of estrogens: Estradiol , Estrone and Estriol
    • Estradiol is strongest and made mainly in the ovaries.
    • Estrone is 50-70% less active than Estradiol and made mainly in the fat cells.
    • Estriol is only 10% as active as Estradiol, AND it can’t be converted to Estradiol or Estrone.
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 8. Estrogen has more than 400 functions in the body
    • Development of sex characteristics
    • Stores fat
    • Decreases thyroid function by increasing thyroid binding globulin
    • Influences brain activity
    • Stimulates growth of uterine lining
    • Stimulates development of the egg follicles
    • Stimulates growth of breast tissue
    • Supports vaginal health
    • Maintains collagen in the skin and connective tissue
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 9. What else does your estrogen do?
    • Increases serotonin
    • Helps transport glucose (energy) into the brain
    • Helps nerves grow
    • Lowers fibrinogen, a protein involved in blood clotting
    • Inhibits constriction of the blood vessels
    • Promotes healthy cholesterol production
    • Inhibits osteoclasts, which weaken bones
    • Improves insulin sensitivity
    • And much more
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 10. What can happen you have too little estrogen?
    • “ I’m not myself anymore. I wake up every night 3-4 to four times, often drenched in sweat. In the morning, I feel more tired than when I went to bed.
    • At work, I have even had to leave a business meeting because I was so uncomfortable and embarrassed. You can actually see the hot flashes; my face turns beet red”!
    -- Peggy (49 years old) Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 11. And how about too much estrogen?
    • “ I have never had a weight problem, until now ! I have always exercised regularly, eaten a pretty healthy diet, and I’m still gaining eight, especially around my middle…where is this belly coming from!!!...
    • I have even been exercising more and eating less to stop the gain. Nothing is helping. The pounds seem to be here to stay”.
    --Susan (54 years old) Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 12. Progesterone
    • Produced by the ovaries with a surge during the luteal phase, or second ½ of the cycle.
    • Small amounts produced by the adrenal gland.
    • Some drug companies make a type of synthetic hormones called progestins.
    • Progestins are NOT progesterone
      • They have a different molecular structure
      • Progestins do not have the same effects as bioidentical progesterone
      • Progestins have many negative side effects
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 13. What does progesterone do?
    • Promotes normal sleep patterns
    • Calms the brain
    • Reduces cholesterol
    • Helps estrogen work well
    • Increases scalp hair
    • Helps to burn fat for energy
    • Can be an anti-depressant
    • Acts as a diuretic
    • Cuts down on spasms in the coronary arteries
    • Essential for maintaining pregnancy
    • Counteracts some of the negative effects of estrogen in breast, brain, and uterine lining
    • Promotes normal cell death
    • Helps the body use glucose the right way and improves insulin resistance
    • Helps the thyroid gland work properly
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 14. Anxiety : one of many symptoms of low progesterone
    • I awoke suddenly in the middle of the night with my heart beating fast and hard. I lay frozen in my dark room, intently listening for the source of the danger that had surely roused me.
    • It would have been an appropriate response had someone been breaking into my home, but the house was perfectly still. I got out of bed and made a room-by-room check of the house. All was quiet and secure.
    • Yet, the terror in my chest would not ease. This was the third wakeful night in a row. I would spend another night wide-awake, waiting out the psychological storm, somehow trusting sanity would return.”
    Amy (46 years old) Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 15. Testosterone
    • Yes! Women need Testosterone!
    • Women have about 9 times less than men and it is a beneficial part of female health and sex drive.
    • Testosterone is made in the ovaries and adrenal glands
    • It improves sleep
    • It improves your sense of well being and vitality
    • It improves bone density
    • It helps burn fat and slows fat build up
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 16. A symptom of low testosterone
    • “ My sex drive when I was younger was pretty good. I had friends who seemed more energized than I did that way, Yet I felt good and satisfied sexually.
    • Now I’m dead that way. Seriously, I have no interest whatsoever, and if I am sexual, it feels like a lot of work… too much effort.
    • I try to accommodate my husband every once in awhile, but he’s not that interested either - knowing I’m just not into it”.
    Stella (51 years old) Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 17. DHEA
    • DHEA is also made in both the ovaries and the adrenal glands
    • It’s important for libido and arousal
    • It promotes a sense of motivation and well being
    • Healthy levels improve immune function
    • It improves REM sleep function
    • It improves memory function
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 18. Cortisol
    • Cortisol is the hormone that make’s sure your body can respond and adapt to the stresses of daily life – it’s our fight or flight hormone.
    • Cortisol also kick starts you in the morning and gets you going.
    • It also helps to maintain blood sugar levels and supports a healthy immune system.
    • Cortisol is made in your adrenal glands.
    • Healthy cortisol levels are a critical part of allowing you to have a healthy, active life.
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 19. Low cortisol: tired adrenal glands
    • “ I’ve always been an energetic person, but lately I’m noticing that I feel tired all the time, even mid-morning when I’ve only been awake for a few hours.
    • Since I started menopausing, I have been slowing down. It’s getting to the point where I don’t have the energy to exercise anymore, and I do nothing in the evenings after work. I can just plop down on the couch, turn on TV, and not rise again until bedtime!
    • That is so not me. I used to go out and do things or work on projects at home, but I feel too tired now”.
    Karen (44 years old) Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 20. Why are your hormones changing?
    • From our mid thirties forward our hormone levels start changing as we age .
    • We live high-stress lives these days, and with much different pattern than in the past. As your stress level rises over a long time, your adrenal glands and your ovaries struggle to produce the hormones you need in the right balance.
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 21. Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 22. How do I get back in balance?
    • Test your hormone levels
    • Evaluate your results with your doctor
    • Start treatment
    • Retest to check your hormone levels
    • Evaluate your treatment with your doctor
    • Monitor your hormones levels annually
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 23. What does the test kit look like? Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 24. What Hormones do I test?
    • The best place to start is the Comprehensive Hormone Panel.  
    • It will measure your:
    • Estrogen (Estradiol)
    • Progesterone,
    • Testosterone,
    • DHEA,
    • Four timed cortisols.
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 25. How does the test kit work? Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 26. What else can I do?
    • In addition to balancing your hormones you can:
    • Practice sacred selfishness – it is okay to take care of yourself, in fact, it is essential that you take care of yourself. Be proactive during peri-menopause.
    • Make time for activities you enjoy at least 3 times a week, and connect with others who care for you.
    • Feed your body food that keeps it well.
    • Do deep belly breathing at least 3 times a day for 10 minutes - this sends a calming message to your adrenal glands that “everything is okay.”
    • Exercise 20 minutes, at least 3 times a week.
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 27. Where can I learn more?
    • Slim, Sane, and Sexy
    • www.slimsaneandsexy.com
    Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc
  • 28. Bioidential Hormones for Every Woman Find a provider. Email ewhrt@labrix.com, include area code and city Order Slim, Sane and Sexy www.slimsaneandsexy.com Print an information sheet on salivary hormone testing to take to your healthcare provider. Go to http://everywoman_001.labrix.com Courtesy of Labrix Clinical Services, Inc