Santa Ana Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Thomas Powers, M.D.
Santa Ana Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Thomas Powers, M.D. of Powers Medical Group has over 40 years’ experience practicing medicine and providing evidence-based and anti-aging therapies, like Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs, to men and women. These hormone replacement programs help his patients gracefully manage the effects of aging and age related symptoms.
Dr. Powers’ is invested in state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluations as a baseline for his patient’s current health status and goal-setting for optimum mind and body wellness. He is committed to staying current on breakthrough treatments and technologies. Thomas Powers M.D. treats each of his patients as whole person rather than a collection of symptoms. As an internal physician and preventative healthcare doctor, he can treat patients with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs. Dr. Powers has seen the dramatic changes that can occur in patients that restore their hormonal balance. As a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy specialist, Dr. Powers offers programs that benefit both men and women.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Structurally and functionally identical to human hormones, Bioidentical Hormones are unique to any other form of hormone replacement therapy; their identical nature allows them to be quickly accepted and used in the body. They fit like a lock and a key with the body’s cell receptors, whereas non-identical hormones are often partially recognized in the body and often take up cell receptor sites that they should not be attached to. Because Bioidentical Hormones are an exact fit to cells and mimic the body’s hormones, most patients do not experience unpleasant side effects.
Another positive side to Bioidentical Hormones is that they can be dosed to meet exact and specific needs. Previous forms of hormone replacement often prescribed the same dosage of a particular hormone to different patients, each with a varying degree of an imbalance. For example, a woman with a mild estrogen deficiency going through perimenopause may have received the same dosage of a hormone as a post-menopausal woman with a much greater deficiency. The excess estrogen would have put the woman with a mild estrogen deficiency at risk for estrogen dominance, and the insufficient dosage for the post-menopausal woman would not have been enough to reduce her symptoms of hormonal imbalance. With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, each person’s unique levels are taken into account and the exact amount of a hormone that is needed is prescribed.
Personalized Programs for Women
While hormones can become imbalanced at any age in women, they most often become imbalanced during the reproductive years, perimenopause and menopause. During the reproductive years, hormones commonly become imbalanced due to stress, lifestyle habits, lack of sleep, and overwork. However, in youthful women, imbalances often correct themselves because younger bodies heal faster and can rectify imbalances more effectively. As women age, it becomes more difficult for the body to heal imbalances, and as hormone levels drop, women often experience symptoms of age related hormonal decline.
Initial phases of ovarian hormonal decline bring about the phase of perimenopause, which leads to symptoms that include fatigue, lack of motivation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, infertility, anovulation, headaches, increased PMS symptoms, bloating, water retention and migraines. Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone can be restored with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to reduce the symptoms of perimenopause.
Three years to a decade after perimenopause begins, women enter menopause, which marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. During menopause, the adrenal glands are supposed to take over the production of estrogen and progesterone, and because most women have put long-term stress on their adrenals, by their fourth or fifth decade, the adrenals are unable to meet the body’s demands for hormone production.
Dr. Powers’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs can replace missing or low essential hormones to reduce the symptoms associated with menopause. Countless women have been able to gracefully transition through menopause because of hormone supplementation.
Customized Programs for Men
Starting in the thirties, male hormone production begins to decline at a rate of around one percent each year, and by the time men reach their early forties or fifties, hormone levels rapidly decline. Testosterone, the primary male hormone, is produced in the testicles and partly in the adrenal glands. While aging is the most prevalent reason for reduced testosterone production, factors such as stress, poor dietary factors, excessive alcohol intake, or prescription medication can also lead to imbalanced or deficient hormone levels.
Andropause is the phase of male hormonal decline that occurs when men enter middle age and cannot make the levels of androgens that they produced during their youth. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs for men can help to reduce the symptoms of andropause and age related hormonal decline or imbalance. Countless men have been able to restore their hormones and improve their overall quality of life with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Santa Ana Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Thomas Powers, M.D. of Powers Medical Group offers individualized treatment plans for men and women that examine the whole patient. These techniques are based off the patient’s medical history, genetics, personal goals and health concerns.
To learn more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs for men and women, contact Santa Ana Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Thomas Powers, M.D., of Powers Medical Group today to schedule a consultation!
800-775-4902 Ext. 690 to schedule your consultation, discuss your symptoms and decide on a course of treatment for your specific needs.