Hormone imbalances can have a serious impact on our health. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers within the body that regulate our day to day functions, from our mental and physical wellbeing, sleep patterns to our sex drive.
Hormone imbalances can have an even greater effect for women going through the menopause. Symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, dryness, low energy/fatigue, reduced sex-drive, weight gain, poor concentration, lack of sleep, irritability and depression, as well as diseases associated with ageing.
While menopausal women can be prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help manage the worst of their symptoms, health experts have questioned it’s use. Conventional HRT is packed with synthetic hormones, some derived from the urine of pregnant horses, and concern has been raised in recent years over the impact this may have long-term on the health of the women taking the treatment.
According to leading anti-ageing cosmetic doctor and hormone expert Dr Martin Kinsella, naturally occurring hormones, or ‘Bio-identical’ hormones, help safely restore the body to its optimum function.
“The ageing process is massively driven by hormones”, says Dr Kinsella, “So any aesthetic treatments are just part of the solution; Bioidentical hormones are a great way to tackle some of the issues from the inside. Bioidentical hormone therapy aims to replace these depleted hormones and restore the body to its optimum function. Bio-ID differs from the more conventional synthetic hormone treatments as they replicate a person’s naturally occurring hormones. This makes them more compatible with your own systems and minimises the chance of unwanted side effects.”
Through a combination of gels, capsules or lozenges, your doctor can replace testosterone, oestrogen, progesterone, DHEA and thyroid hormones. By testing your blood, they determine your hormone levels and provide a bespoke treatment plan to replace depleted resources.
“Bio-ID is completely tailed to you and your body”, Dr Kinsella says. “Following a blood test, I prescribe a combination of different hormones depending on your specific needs, to help balance your hormonal activity. Patients have told me they feel up to 20 years younger after taking bioidentical hormones. The treatment can make you feel physically, mentally and sexually rejuvenated, and drastically reduces the symptoms brought on by the menopause, with no side effects.”
The naturally occurring hormones can help with hot flushes and night sweats, weight gain, skin wrinkling and drooping, fatigue and irritability. It also helps to protect the body against heart disease, osteoporosis, and helps combat Genitourinary Symptoms of Menopause (GSM) – which can include vaginal thinness, laxity, dryness, a lowered sex drive and dyspareunia (pain during sex) – affecting approximately half of all menopausal and postmenopausal women.
“Up to 80 percent of women suffer from some kind of hormonal imbalance. It’s brilliant to see how my patients’ confidence grows once they feel like themselves again, and how they glow from the inside out.”
Meet the Expert
Leading dually qualified doctor and dentist Dr Kinsella is the founder and resident doctor of the Re-enhance clinic in Cheshire. Due to his renowned reputation he is also one of the elite doctors in London where you can find him at the Rita Rakus Clinic.