Brad Reedy, D.O. – Colorado Springs Bioidentical Hormone Doctor
Colorado Springs Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, Brad Reedy, D.O. of Front Range Family Medicine is committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality and affordable medical treatment for the whole family. With sensitivity and compassion, he works with patients to promote good health and wellness in a professional and caring environment.
Brad Reedy, D.O. at Front Range Family Medicine, focuses on excellence, integrity, and quality health care meaning you will always be treated with respect and receive the personalized attention you deserve. Dr. Reedy prides himself on delivering state-of-the-art services combined with a collaborative health care approach.
He believes that his patients can achieve optimal health and well-being. Dr. Reedy knows the best path toward wellness involves input from the patients. He looks forward to working together with his patients to provide expert medical treatment, guidance and care.
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.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can improve numerous conditions related to hormonal decline. While imbalances typically occur with aging, wildly high levels of stress and poor lifestyle factors can lead to disproportionate hormone levels. Some of the age related conditions that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can improve include perimenopause, menopause, and andropause. Stress related conditions that can be improved include Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Autoimmune conditions that can benefit from Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s disease, and fibromyalgia. Restoring hormone balance with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement therapy can reduce the many symptoms associated with conditions related to hormonal imbalances.
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 fix innate issues, and as hormone levels drop, women often experience symptoms of age related hormone decline.
Initial phases of ovarian hormone 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 into 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 burned out their adrenals long before their fourth and fifth decades, the adrenals are unable to meet the body’s demands for hormone production. Insufficiencies in essential hormones often cause women to experience:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Thinning hair
- Wrinkling skin
- Thinning bones
Front Range Family Medicine’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs can replace essential hormones and reduce the symptoms associated with menopause. Countless women have been able to gracefully transition through menopause as a result 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 plummet. Testosterone, which is the primary male hormone, is produced in the testicles and partly in the adrenal glands, and while aging is the most prevalent reason for reduce testosterone production, factors such as stress, poor dietary factors, excessive alcohol intake, or prescription medication can lead to imbalanced or deficient hormone levels.
Andropause is the phase of male hormone decline that occurs when men enter into middle age and cannot make the levels of androgens that they produced during youth. As a result of this slowed hormone production, men often experience symptoms that include:
- Muscle atrophy
- Thinning hair
- Lack of motivation
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reduced stamina and endurance
- Low libido
- Increased body fat
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs for men can help to reduce the symptoms of andropause and age related hormone decline or imbalance. Countless men have been able to restore their hormones and improve their overall quality of life with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Colorado Springs Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, Brad Reedy, D.O., at Front Range Family Medicine understands the importance of hormonal health. For more information about how Dr. Reedy’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program can help you manage your symptoms, call today for a consultation!
800-775-4902 Ext. 670 to schedule your consultation to discuss your symptoms and decide on a course of treatment for your specific needs.