Calgary, Alberta Bioidentical Hormones Specialist
Calgary Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Stella Jansen van Rensburg, M.D. at Papillon Medical Aesthetics is trained in family medicine, and she has special training in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, advanced aesthetic procedures, facial fillers, and medical weight loss programs. Doctor Van Rensburg believes that age really is just a number. How people feel, how they look, and how they feel about how they look is what really counts.
At Papillon, the staff is dedicated to offering science-based, individualized programs to help patients retain and restore vitality and ageless health throughout their lives. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a treatment modality that allows patients to restore lost vitality by using hormones that have the same chemical make-up as the hormones produced in the human body. Bio-identical hormones are essentially the same naturally occurring, low dosage hormones that the body normally produces.
This customized process begins with a few simple tests to establish baseline hormone levels and nutritional status to determine the optimum response for each patient’s needs. From here, dosages are tailored to the patient’s unique requirements and monitored at regular intervals to ensure safe management. In addition to hormone balancing, treatment strategies can include conventional medications as well as nutrition and lifestyle changes. As part of integrative medicine, Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is revolutionary in how people control aging, weight, and disease prevention. Depending on individual circumstances, this emerging field provides any number of benefits to men and women, regardless of age.
Some of the issues that Bio-identical Hormone Therapy can address include:
Weight Loss Resistance: Hormone imbalances often lead to unexplained weight gain and difficulties with weight loss. Overall health largely depends on establishing balanced hormones, ensuring a nutritious, balanced diet, and eliminating any food intolerance or allergies to maintain a healthy digestive tract. Calgary Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Stella Jansen van Rensburg, M.D. can help patients to overcome weight loss resistance by correcting imbalances.
Menopause: By definition, this is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility that occurs 12 months after the last menstrual cycle. This typically occurs between the ages of 41 and 59 and results in lower estrogen and progesterone levels and the end of ovulation. Some of the symptoms include hot flashes, flushes, night sweats, cold flashes, irritability, anxiety, depression, mood swings, sudden tears, trouble sleeping through the night, loss of libido, and fatigue. Even though menopause is a natural biological condition and not a disease, there should be no hesitation to seek treatment for severe symptoms. From lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy, many effective options are available.
Perimenopause: This is the transition period before natural menopause when the body experiences changes due to declining ovarian hormone production. Perimenopause can last four to six years and usually ends twelve months after the final menstrual cycle. Symptoms can include irregular menstruation, hot flashes, migraines, fatigue, acne, amenorrhea, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and mood swings.
Andropause: Andropause is the period of a man’s life when his testosterone levels begin to decline, and this stage usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. When male androgens begin to decline, such as testosterone, DHEA, and growth hormone, a man may begin to experience a multitude of imbalances. Some of the symptoms that occur with male hormone decline can include erectile dysfunction, low libido, mood swings, muscle atrophy, weight gain, fatigue, low motivation, and lowered physical agility.
Adrenal Fatigue: Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is a stress-induced condition that is characterized by a set of common symptoms that indicate decreased adrenal gland function. Stress forces the adrenal glands to excrete cortisol, which counteracts the inflammation caused from stress, and this can cause valuable sex hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone to be converted into cortisol in order to meet the body’s demands. When this occurs, the adrenal glands become exhausted and begin to hypo function. Low functioning adrenal glands can result in chronic fatigue, anxiety, sleep disturbances, insomnia, chronic infections, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Thyroid Disorders: An imbalance in this gland can affect many metabolic functions and chemical processes in the body. The thyroid influences proper processing of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and it also affects metabolism, vitamin absorption, digestion, muscle mass, joint and nerve function, blood flow, hormone excretion, oxygen utilization, and sexual function. When there is not enough thyroid hormone produced, hypothyroidism can occur. People suffering from hyperthyroidism often experience symptoms such as weight gain, constipation, irregular periods, hair loss, and depression. When thyroid hormone is produced in excess, hyperthyroidism can occur which can cause unexplained weight loss, multiple daily bowel movements, anxiety, nervousness, thickening of the skin on the shins, and heavy periods. Treatments are typically simple, safe, and effective.
Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a common disorder that causes aching muscles, sleep disturbances, and fatigue. Fibromyalgia is associated with abnormal levels of the chemicals that transmit signals in the brain. Common symptoms include wide spread body pain, skin temperature changes, irritable bowel syndrome, foggy mental functions, poor immunity, and repeated illnesses.
Calgary Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Stella Jansen van Rensburg, M.D. at Papillon Medical Aesthetics has helped countless patients to overcome conditions related to hormonal imbalances. Doctor Van Rensberg can help patients that are experiencing health challenges to feel and look better through the use of Natural Hormone Therapy, aesthetic services, and nutritional recommendations. Many patients have been able to renew their health and sense of wellbeing with Doctor Jansen van Rensburg’s customized wellness programs.