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HRT: Edge Wellness specialises in natural hormone replacement therapy

Natural hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

Hormonal imbalance may occur at any age,  and it occurs in both men and women.
Young women frequently present with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, intractable fatigue, obesity, heavy periods, painful periods, severe PMS, painful or lumpy breasts, migraine headaches, infrequent periods, polycystic ovary syndrome, excessive body hair, low libido, impaired immunity, absent periods and infertility.

Mature women may present with all of the above, and at mid life many present to their health practitioner with troublesome menopausal symptoms.

Both younger and older men may present with intractable fatigue, impaired immunity, low libido, infertility, sexual dysfunction, osteopenia, osteoporosis, loss of wellbeing or general malaise.

While hormonal imbalances are not the only cause for the above conditions, more and more people are experiencing resolution of their condition through the balancing of their hormones. Those not experiencing complete resolution of symptoms, improve so significantly that their symptoms become minor or so infrequent, that they are easily  lived with, or  readily controlled by other therapeutic modalities.

Intractable fatigue is an increasing problem in Australia and part of the successful treatment plan  for fatigue, involves addressing a number of hormonal derangements, including cortisol, DHEA, insulin, growth hormone,  melatonin, progesterone, serotonin, thyroid hormones, testosterone and Vitamin D. (which is actually a prohormone, not a vitamin).

Impaired immunity can be difficult to treat and patients may suffer for years with recurrent infections, poor quality of life, absenteeism from work leading to lack of advancement in their occupation or career, financial hardship, impaired personal relationships and significant loss of enjoyment of life. Restoration of normal adrenal hormonal levels contributes significantly to a rapid recovery for these people.

Menopause can be a very difficult time for some women; as well as for their spouses and their families. While many women breeze through menopause, others experience significant distress and disability from a multitude of severe, hormonal deficiency symptoms.  For many women, these symptoms significantly compromise their quality of life, as they may persist for more than 5 years.

As menopause generally occurs between the ages of 35- 55 years, this means that women are living for 1/3 to ½ of their lives in a state of hormonal deficiency. Since the results of the Womens Health Initiative Study were published, revealing an increased risk of breast cancer, blood clots and heart disease with synthetic hormone replacement therapy, women have rejected traditional HRT therapy and are now looking for safer options.

Other women are unable to tolerate the side effects experienced by many using synthetic hormone replacement therapy.
Customised natural hormone replacement therapy is becoming more and more popular around the world, due to its efficacy and due to studies that show that women who take hormone replacement therapy, live longer than those who do not. (Ahlgrimm, M. The HRT Solution. 1999. New York. P168.)

Natural hormone replacement involves using plant derived hormones that are biologically identical to the hormones that your body makes.  ( i.e.their chemical structure is identical to your own natural hormones.)

It is important to note that your response to hormones is unique and depends on many factors, including your genetics, your overall health, your stress levels plus many other environmental and nutritional factors.

It is also essential that one considers how all of your body’s hormones interact with each other, before taking any form of hormone replacement therapy.

A thorough medical history and physical examination, along with laboratory testing to establish  your hormone levels is essential, and enables an accurate assessment of your unique hormonal requirements.

Natural or bioidentical hormone replacement is available on prescription from a compounding pharmacy and as your prescription is uniquely tailored to your requirements, response to treatment is rapid. Most women notice a marked improvement in their symptoms within days and  full restoration of wellbeing within two months.

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