With Dr. John Laura, you don’t have to worry about these common signs of aging affecting your life anymore. With the revolutionary science of hormone therapy, you can now reclaim your youth and live your best even at an older age. Women’s physical and mental wellbeing is important to us. Let us show you how we can get you feeling your best you.
Hormonal imbalances that derail your sexual life and vitality can affect any woman, whether she is in her 20’s or at the point of menopause. This can result in a cascade of issues including insomnia, persistent headache, low libido, vaginal dryness, unregulated weight gain, reduced muscle mass and more. The underlying cause for these common signs of aging is the hormonal imbalance caused by the decline in hormone production.
Bioidentical hormone therapy allows us to help you find the internal balance your systems are struggling to regain. You may feel energized where you were lethargic, overcome weight loss plateaus, sleep better, think clearer, and feel generally happier with a sense of better well being. If your hormonal imbalances also contributed to a loss of sexual desire or function, HRT can also allow us to address that as well.
As women age, the body becomes less efficient at producing and utilizing critical hormones. Onset of menopause can compound these issues further. Symptoms include:
Hormone therapy, (HT) also known as hormone replacement therapy, is a procedure in which certain hormones are replenished artificially once the female body reaches a certain age and no longer produces the hormone in sufficient amounts. This, in turn, allows women to restore their youthful energy and looks, even when they are in their thirties, forties or fifties.
In hormone therapy, the two female hormones – estrogen and progesterone – are replenished. While certain treatments contain only estrogen and some contain only progesterone, some include both hormones. The kind of anti-aging hormone therapy you receive depends on your conditions and goals, and which problems you wish to target. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), is a procedure in which certain hormones are replenished artificially. This is suitable when the body reaches a certain age and no longer produces the hormone in sufficient amounts or suffers from a diet or health related issue which prevents the body from being able to produce hormones. Replacement therapy allows women to restore their youthful energy and looks.
Most commonly, we need to address estrogen and progesterone production. While certain treatments contain only estrogen and some contain only progesterone, some include both hormones. The kind of anti-aging or restorative hormone therapy you receive depends on your conditions and goals, and which problems you wish to target.
Hormone therapy is known to relieve symptoms of menopause, which all women experience as they age. These include low libido, hot flashes, sleep problems, slowing metabolism, depression, anxiety, mood swings, etc. It is also known to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
When it comes to hormone therapy, getting the right amount of dosage is crucial and may take some trial and error. Dr. John Laura will prescribe the lowest possible dosage to treat your symptoms. There are different ways that hormone therapy can be administered to the patient, including tablets, creams or gels, skin patches, and vaginal rings.
Apart from counteracting the effects of menopause, studies have also suggested that hormone therapy may be able to reduce the risk of heart attacks and heart failures, effectively prevent aging skin when used cautiously, as well as improve muscle function.
Dr. John Laura understands that aging in women can be challenging to deal with, as the female body goes through so many changes. This often leads to psychological issues such as lowered confidence and self-esteem, depression, anxiety, mood swings, lack of empathy, high irritability, problems with memory and concentration, etc. With effective hormone therapy, these problems can also be addressed.
Hormone therapy is a revolutionary treatment. It is one of the most effective treatments available today for menopausal symptoms in women. However, like any other procedure, it is essential that you consult a qualified and experienced doctor like Dr. John Laura first, before making any decision.
Hormone therapy may be ideal for you if you identify with the following:
You may want to avoid hormone therapy if you suffer from severe migraines, heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, endometrial, ovarian or breast cancer, blood clots, or stroke.
Dr. John Laura is known for providing some of the best hormone therapy, and he will help you decide if hormone therapy is ideal for you after taking into consideration all-important personal factors.
Estrogen is a vital hormone that plays a role in everything from maintaining the health and function of the female reproductive system to contributing to the function of the cardiovascular system.
As with all hormone therapies, only bioidentical hormones should be used – never synthetic, and the dosing must be precise and highly customized based on the blood testing and lab results of each individual patient.
To prevent increasing breast cancer risk, estrogen should always be paired with bioidentical progesterone. The therapy is usually most effective when a combination of different estrogens is prepared together in the correct proportions.
Taking estrogen topically is the safest and most effective way. This also allows for the prescription to be regularly fine-tuned as we monitor your labs and the improvement of your symptoms.
Many women are deficient in progesterone due to the prevalence of estrogen dominance. In addition to maintaining a pregnancy (pro-gestation), progesterone plays a vital role in a number of non-reproductive functions such as stabilizing and improving mood, regulating sleep, and improving mitochondrial function.
Taking progesterone either topically or orally has virtually no side effects and can result in many important benefits. Women who chose to take hormonal birth control particularly benefit from progesterone therapy since birth control prevents ovulation which is when your body would naturally produce progesterone. Post-menopausal women who are past their ovulatory years can also derive great benefit from progesterone therapy.
In a natural hormonal cycle, estrogen, progesterone, and a handful of other hormones rise and fall in a synchronized pattern that repeats every 28 days or so. Most women benefit from cycling their hormones throughout the month to mimic this natural pattern.
While testosterone is typically associated with male hormones, it does naturally appear in a healthy female cycle, rising sharply around the time of ovulation each month and making women more impulsive, competitive, and open to new adventures for a few days mid-cycle.
Ensuring proper testosterone levels can aid with bone density, gaining and maintaining healthy muscle mass, and repairing and maintaining the female reproductive tissues.
Baseline lab testing will help us determine if you would benefit from supplementing with a low dose of testosterone. Women usually absorb testosterone well with transdermal methods. Thus a cream is a great method for administering it and this also gives us the flexibility to fine-tune the amount that will prove optimal for you. Injections are also an option.
DHEA is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands which serves as a precursor to the creation of other hormones. DHEA deficiency may be the result of pituitary gland dysfunction or adrenal insufficiency. Supplementing can be beneficial in treating depression and obesity and may also help improve skin, osteoporosis, and vaginal atrophy.
Lab testing is vital to determining current DHEA levels and deciding whether supplementation may be beneficial for you. We do not recommend taking over-the-counter DHEA since hormone therapy needs to be carefully balanced and taking the wrong amount can upset hormone balance and set off a cascade of health problems. Finding the correct dose is critical and lab testing will help us to optimize your DHEA levels
Thyroid deficiency is a commonly misdiagnosed condition in women. Low thyroid can bring symptoms such as weight gain, poor sleep quality, fatigue, and poor mood.
What many doctors fail to realize is that there are multiple different thyroid hormones that work in conjunction with one another. Often, testing isn’t nuanced enough to determine how to appropriately supplement the right types of thyroid hormone at the right doses for optimal health.
At Dr. John Laura, we understand the delicate dance of hormones that must be achieved to ensure optimum health for our patients. In addition to running a complete panel, we also check symptoms to see if they are consistent with clinical findings of low thyroid.
After beginning therapy, we retest hormone levels and adjust your therapy accordingly. Getting this interplay between hormones right is critical to healthy aging and we are committed to helping you achieve the best results possible.
Growth hormone affects every system in the body and promotes the growth of bone and cartilage and regulates fat, muscle tissue, and other metabolic factors. Growth hormone deficiency may be caused by damage or lack of blood flow to the pituitary or hypothalamus gland.
If a deficiency is confirmed through lab testing, we can begin GH therapy in one of two ways. The safest way is to stimulate the pituitary to create more GH via injections of hormone-stimulating peptides. If this proves ineffective, a secondary option is nightly injections of GH.
Adrenal fatigue happens when stressful events have caused the adrenals to produce too much cortisol over too long a period of time.
Cortisol can help us to wake up in the morning and to take quick action when needed, but a constant onslaught of this hormone can have a very negative effect on health over time.
Unlike other hormone therapies which replace the depleted hormone, with adrenal fatigue therapy, our goal is to support the adrenals so that they can be restored to normal function.
Therapy involves testing levels of all hormones as well as key nutrients and customizing a support plan just for you. We may also advise diet changes, a detoxification program, and lifestyle changes depending on the circumstances that may have contributed to adrenal fatigue.
Many women suffer from an unsatisfying sex life due to issues like low libido, pain during intercourse, numbness of the vagina, and difficulty achieving orgasm. Fortunately, there are proven therapies that can help improve sexual satisfaction.
Sexual dysfunction of any kind most often occurs when hormone levels are insufficient or not in balance with one another.
To determine how best to help you, we’ll first run labs to test your levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Balancing these hormones may be all that’s needed to restore optimal sexual function.
Additional therapies include stimulation creams, apomorphine to promote dopamine response, and L-arginine injections to increase blood flow to the genitals.
While hair loss is generally associated with aging in men, it has been estimated that more than 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss at some point. Healthy thick hair for women is a sign of vitality, fertility, and beauty, and thinning hair can be extremely psychologically distressing.
Hair loss is frequently caused by an imbalance in thyroid hormone levels, cortisol levels, and nutrient deficiencies. Treatment will depend on the results of lab testing and on your response to questions regarding lifestyle.
Thyroid supplementation may be needed, we will also check your iron levels and work with you to get those up if that’s a problem. In addition, we may prescribe various nutrients for the hair, and biotin injections.
At Dr. John Laura’s clinic, we also help many patients who suffer from hair loss with PRP (platelet rich plasma) hair restoration treatments. Learn more about PRP hair restoration here.
If you need nutritional support to help you through a temporary restrictive diet, or if your stomach doesn’t do a great job of absorbing the nutrients from your food, injectable nutrient therapy might be helpful for you.
We offer a wide range of injectable nutritional support including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. The right combination can help speed your recovery from a hangover, help you kick a cold or flu, or just get your body in tip-top shape before strenuous activity.
CO2RE Intima is a new, in-office, non-surgical treatment that uses laser energy to treat the symptoms women may be experiencing. CO2RE Intima is a medical laser that delivers controlled CO2 energy to the vaginal or vulva tissue – so cells make more collagen – improving skin tone, texture, and appearance.
O-Shot, a PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment can help women restore sensitivity to sexual stimulation.
Dr. John Laura and his team take extreme pride in providing patients with the best experience in Orange County. We can’t wait to help you customize the perfect treatment plan just for you.