Why hormone replacement therapy?

Aging is inevitable. The human body is programed to deteriorate and die, as is every other living thing. There are specific genetically determined hormonal triggers which determine our stage of health. At puberty, we go through dramatic hormone changes which send us into the reproductive/fertile phase of our life. These fertile years are the optimum phase of physical health. However, as our fertility hormones start to decline, our overall physical health and wellbeing suffers too. It is when our fertility hormones decline to a critically low level that we start to feel the worse effects. For women, the diseases of aging set in after going through perimenopause and menopause, while for men it’s when they reach critically low levels of testosterone.

Crucially, hormone replacement therapy replaces our naturally lost fertility hormones.
Not only does it restore the youthful vitality and energy you felt when your body was producing the hormones correctly and optimally, it also alleviates the miseries of perimenopause, menopause and andropause and helps you avoid the diseases of aging.

Hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep, insomnia, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, foggy brain, decreased memory, weight gain, decrease in confidence, mood changes, irritability, decreased or no libido, vaginal dryness, hair loss, weakening bones/osteoporosis and change in body composition are just some of the many miseries caused by loss of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

All these symptoms are simply a manifestation of reduced production of estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in men. Hormone replacement is based on the medical science of restoring the genetically programmed loss of hormones, so that the negative consequences of hormone loss are overridden. The body reacts by functioning as if it were still fertile, and carries on behaving in an optimal way. This is why it is very important to use only bioidentical hormones and stay as close to the body’s natural levels as possible.
The fertility hormones - estradiol and progesterone in women, and testosterone in men - are also powerful steroids. They react with every other hormone system in the body and should be administered in correct physiological dosing to avoid long term negative consequences.

Regardless of decades of abundant science and data on the benefits of hormone balance, there still remains incredible ignorance within the medical field. Women and men continue to suffer unnecessarily and waste time on inadequate alternative therapies simply because their doctor will not help them. Dr. Selma Rashid has dedicated herself to helping patients understand how correctly replacing estradiol and progesterone in women and testosterone in men can dramatically improve health and well-being. In fact, it can significantly delay, and often prevent the onset of age related diseases.

Dr. Selma’s approach is simple, effective and affordable. Essentially, she believes in restoring hormones to the healthy levels we enjoyed in our fertile years. Although there are many similarities between different individuals, each person has personal needs and responses and should be treated individually. Hormones should only be bioidentical, which means molecularly identical to those made by our bodies. Also, hormones should not be taken by mouth, as the liver will “see” them before they are distributed into the blood and this can have negative consequences. This is especially so in the case of estrogen, which increases the risk of blood clots when taken by mouth.

As sophisticated and complex as the science of hormone balance is, uniquely Dr. Selma has made hormone replacement simple, using the human body as her reference point. She believes strongly that in this era, when we have access to so much science and knowledge, no one should suffer from the consequences of menopause and andropause.

Now in Stamford, Connecticut

The Anti-Aging Medical Group founded by Dr. Selma has offered bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to men and women in the Chicago area for several years, and now we are pleased to also offer our services to people in Stamford, Connecticut. Patients from Stamford and surrounding areas can also be treated through telemedicine if weather, distance or time are limiting factors.

And please note that while it’s true that there are already many therapists in the Chicago and Stamford areas offering hormone therapy, Dr. Selma urges patients to stay away from synthetic hormones, especially synthetic progesterone, and not to take estrogen by mouth. Hormones levels need to be routinely be monitored, especially if the symptoms or source of hormones change. Whether you are from Stamford, Connecticut or anywhere else, it’s vital that your hormone replacement therapy is carefully monitored by a well-trained heath care professional and tailored to suit your individual needs.

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