Thyroid Hormone: Regulating Your Metabolism and A Lot Of Other Things Too!

The thyroid is an important, butterfly shaped gland located in the neck. It produces hormones that influence almost every cell in the body, and people with an unhealthy thyroid will experience a variety of symptoms. The influence of thyroid hormones is extremely diverse, and it would be a monumental task to list all of its specific functions. … Continued

Bio-Identical Hormones: Therapy That Uses Mother Nature’s Blue Print

I have been writing quite a few articles on hormone therapy lately and have mentioned bio-identical hormones in many of those articles. I realized that I have never offered an explanation of what a bio-identical hormone is. Bio-identical hormones have been getting a great deal of attention in the media lately, so many are familiar … Continued

What Does Progesterone Do? (part 2)

In “What Does Progesterone Do?, part1“, I discussed how progesterone works in concert with estrogen to orchestrate the monthly changes associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle and how progesterone balances the effects of estrogen to maintain a woman’s sexual health. However, progesterone does not only influence sexual organs and tissues. It has important functions in … Continued

The Spit Test: Why Saliva Tests Are Used To Test Hormone Levels

I haven’t met many patients who enjoy performing a saliva test. It is often difficult to generate enough saliva to adequately measure hormone levels, but saliva testing is very important for guiding hormone therapy effectively and safely. I have spent many hours with a saliva specimen tube in hand and thoughts of my favorite food … Continued

Creams, Pills, Patches, and Pellets: The Many Forms of Bioidentical Hormones

There are many ways to take hormone therapy, and the form of hormone therapy prescribed may depend on several variables, such as effectiveness, safety, and patient preferences. The form of hormone therapy that gets the most attention is hormone creams. Most patients have heard about creams and are excited to use this form. Part of … Continued

What Does Progesterone Do? (part 1)

Progesterone is a steroid hormone that has many biological functions. It is one of the major sex hormones in women and is usually the first sex hormone to decline as a woman enters menopause. It’s also found in men, but at lower levels than in women. When I was in medical school, back in the … Continued

November Is Diabetes Month: Fighting Insulin Resistance

I have discussed in previous articles how impaired glucose metabolism, known as insulin resistance (IR), can seriously affect your health. The signs of insulin resistance usually present gradually and are often difficult to recognize or at least, difficult to specifically attribute to insulin resistance. They could include abdominal weight gain, fatigue, depressed mood and foggy … Continued

How Long Do I Need To Take Hormones?

I often get asked this question by my patients, and I advise them to consider some important facts about hormone therapy. Most patients come to see me because they’re experiencing symptoms of hormone deficiencies and want to feel better. This is an important aspect of hormone therapy. We all want to feel better and have … Continued