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Hormone Replacement Therapy

As people age, both men and women experience a decrease in hormone levels. While estrogen levels may be higher or lower in women, testosterone levels decline in men.

Hormone imbalances can be complicated, but it doesn’t mean the solution has to be. Winter Wellness, a Flagstaff-based Naturopathic and Hormone Clinic, can help you alleviate your hormonal issues through hormone therapy.

What Is Hormonal Imbalance?

Hormones are chemical messengers that send signals to various areas of your body. They regulate many aspects of life, such as growth and development, sexual functions, and mood. Hence, a balanced level of hormones is essential for a healthy body and mind.

Hormonal imbalances happen when hormone levels are too low or too high. These can lead to a variety of issues in your body’s normal functions, including mood fluctuations and anxiety.

Both men and women can suffer from hormonal imbalances. If not treated, it may lead to worsening and possibly even a disruption in the body’s ability to function properly.

Women’s Hormone Health

Female hormone imbalances are unfortunately common! Hormones are an essential part of most aspects of your health and a slight disturbance can cause serious effects on your system.

Hence, many women opt for hormone replacement therapy to combat these issues. Hormone replacement therapy does not only treat menopause symptoms, it is also recommended to women with premature menopause, postmenopause, and other health issues.

These signs and symptoms are indicators that your estrogens, androgens, and progesterone may not be optimal.

Symptoms:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Poor concentration
  • Weight Gain
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Bone Loss
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Brittle Nails
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Insomnia
  • Low Libido
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Menstrual headaches/migraines
  • Breast tenderness/ Fibrocystic breast
  • PMS
  • Irritability
  • Acne
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Men’s Hormone Health

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Men also naturally experience declines in hormones. By the age of 40 most men lost half the amount of testosterone than they have when they were 18 (popularly known as andropause).

While the decline is more gradual than menopause in women, it is still there and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Common signs and symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Decreased motivation
  • Decreased self-confidence
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Increased nervousness
  • Reduced muscle mass and strength
  • Reduced body hair
  • Breast enlargement

Optimizing your testosterone level has been shown to not only improve energy level, insomnia, mental clarity, mood, motivation, muscle mass, sexual function but also has been linked to decreased risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.

What We Can Do For You

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (popularly known as menopausal hormone therapy) is a medication that contains female hormones. The medication is used to replace the estrogen that your body stops making in menopause (estrogen therapy). Hormone therapy can be used to treat menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal discomfort.

The treatment has also been proven to reduce bone loss and fracture in postmenopausal women.

Additionally, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is now available to address men’s hormonal concerns. 

Bio-identical Hormones are chemically the same structure that your own body produces. Compounded prescriptions are preferred so they can be tailored to your specific needs.

Common Types prescribed: estradiol, estriol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and pregnenolone

Common Forms: topical creams, oral capsules, troches, and pellets

Whether your goal is prevention or replacement Dr. Erin Winter will evaluate your symptoms and laboratory tests to create a tailored treatment plan made specifically for you.

We Do More Than Just a Menopausal Hormone Therapy

Winter Wellness confidently treats:

  • Menopause symptoms
  • Perimenopause symptoms
  • PMS/PMDD
  • PCOS
  • Irregular cycles
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Low libido
  • Osteopenia
  • Hormonal acne
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We Understand Men’s Hormone Concerns

It doesn’t matter if you are 25, 45, or 65, hormone imbalances affect men of all ages. Our Flagstaff-based clinic provides bioidentical hormone therapy for men with the following issues:

  • Andropause
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Prostate Problems

Pellets for Hormone Therapy

Pellets are tiny cylindrical-shaped medications that are compounded using biologically identical hormones (most often estradiol or testosterone).

They are placed just under the skin, consistently releasing physiologic doses of bioidentical hormones. Pellets last 3-4 months in women and 5-6 months in men.

Pellets Have Been Shown to Improve

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Sex drive and libido
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Hot flashes and menopausal symptoms
  • Mood and depression
  • Joint aches and pains
  • Muscle mass
  • Cellulite
  • Motivation
  • Mood enhancement
  • Cardiovascular protection
  • Fatigue
  • Memory
  • Mental clarity

Thyroid Disease

Women are five to eight times more likely than men to get thyroid problems. One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.

Oftentimes, patients have been told their standard labs are normal but they are still symptomatic.

Dr. Erin Winter focuses on optimizing your thyroid function by addressing symptoms and lab values together.

Common Symptoms of Thyroid Disease:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarseness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Hair loss
  • Brittle nails
  • Enlarged thyroid
  • High cholesterol
  • Irritability, sexual dysfunction, slow heart rate
  • Irregular uterine bleeding
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Flagstaff Hormone and Naturopathic Clinic that Cares

Aging comes with rapid body changes. 

If you’re experiencing symptoms that make you feel less confident, we’re here to help you.

WE PROVIDE AN INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT PLAN

We take time to understand the uniqueness and complexities of our patient’s health concerns and their underlying cause.

WE BECOME YOUR PARTNER IN YOUR HEALING PROCESS

We are not just doctors – we are our patients’ partners in their healing journey. We listen, care, and respect their body’s concerns.

WE GET TO THE UNDERLYING CAUSE OF YOUR ILLNESS

We don’t just identify symptoms, we make sure to find out and understand the exact causes of illness and pain. That way, we can provide a better treatment plan to promote the patient’s optimal health and well-being.

WE PROMOTE NONINVASIVE AND NATURAL HEALING

We have long years of clinical training, research, and experience in using safe and natural therapies to boost the body’s natural healing process.

WE WANT YOU TO ACHIEVE LONG TERM OPTIMAL HEALTH

With our long years of clinical training and experience, and with the help of the latest science, our individualized treatment plan aims to achieve long-term health success. 

We make sure to educate patients about the causes of their illness and the recovery process. This allows the patient to enjoy long-term good health long after receiving treatment from us.

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Winter Wellness is a Flagstaff-based medical clinic that specializes in naturopathic medicine, hormone replacement therapy, natural pain management, and aesthetics.

Our naturopathic and hormone clinic is owned by Dr. Erin Winter, a naturopathic doctor in Flagstaff, AZ. Her primary goal is to help as many people age gracefully as possible in a natural way 

We exist to help you live the best quality of life possible!