Keeping a healthy body and mind when we were younger was as simple as eating well and staying active, but as we age our hormones can begin to disrupt our wellbeing. Some of us may need hormone replacement therapy to ease some the uncomfortable symptoms we are experiencing. Omniya believes in health and happiness at all ages and are proud to offer hormone replacement therapy as an effective treatment for symptoms related to hormone deficiencies.
A hormone deficiency can be associated with significant health changes like dramatic changes in weight, bone density, cholesterol, cardiovascular function, skin appearance, and mental well-being. Our weight can fluctuate and so can our moods and mental outlook, so decreasing hormone levels can affect us in countless different ways that differ from person to person. With decreased hormone levels, even sleep patterns and immune system functions can be affected.
Hormone replacement therapy with Omniya can help you take back control of your body, mind, and life by treating hormone deficiency symptoms. The aim of hormone replacement therapy is to balance your Endocrine System, the collection of glands in our body that produce hormones. Our hormones regulate every function in our body, so when they are well adjusted and performing as they should; so are we.
Hormonal replacement therapy can treat symptoms such as:
What is the treatment process for men?
Your bloods can be tested on any day of year, however, we advise that you have them taken at approximately 9am.
If you are currently taking hormone therapy, you should have your blood tested exactly 4 hours after taking your morning dose of hormones.
Typically, you do not need to be fasting for your blood tests, unless you are having fasting insulin tested, which you will be advised of beforehand.
What is the treatment process for women?
If you are still having periods:
If you are having monthly periods your blood test should be conducted 21 days after the first day of your last period. In the event you are having irregular periods, please do not book your blood tests until at least 16 days after your last period.
If you are using a contraceptive pill, please stop taking the medication and wait for 6 weeks before booking in for your blood test. If you have a coil, you will not need to worry about removing it beforehand.
If you are not having periods:
If you do not have a monthly menstrual cycle, you can have your bloods tested at any time.
Hormone Replacement Therapy:
If you are currently taking hormone replacement therapy, you should have your blood tested exactly 4 hours after taking your morning dose of hormones.
Typically, you do not need to be fasting for your blood tests, unless you are having fasting insulin tested.
What sort of monitoring do I need during the time I am taking hormones?
Our practitioners recommend a blood test to check your hormone levels at least every 12 months, but every 6 months would be optimum. This is to make sure the levels in your system are adequate not only to improve your symptoms, but also to cause a physiological improvement in your cardiovascular, neurological and bone health. Your practitioner may also recommend a mammogram, bone density scan and pelvic ultrasound scan to check the lining of the uterus and ovaries every 1-2 years. This can be arranged by Omniya if this is more convenient.
How long can I take hormones for?
If you are having your regular blood tests, pelvic ultrasound scan, mammogram and bone density scan, and the results are favourable, there is no reason why you cannot continue with this therapy long term. There are no age restrictions.
Should I use hormone therapy or just go through my menopause ‘naturally’?
There is no right or wrong answer for this. Some women have very mild symptoms and can manage them by making changes to their diet, lifestyle and taking certain supplements. Your practitioner can also advise you on this if this is the route you are interested in, as she is trained in this ‘integrative approach’ to dealing with menopause; not only hormonal therapy.
Taking hormone therapy to deal with symptoms of the menopause should not be seen as a ‘failure’. Women today are working well into their 60s, and life is far busier than that of women generations ago, plus life expectancy is going up. If there is a solution that helps women feel great, function better and improves their rate of ageing, why not consider it?