Houston Bioidentical Hormone Doctor
Julia Ward, M.D. of Balanced Body Image has over 20 years of experience practicing medicine, and she now devotes her Houston, Texas practice to functional and anti-aging medicine. Doctor Ward‘s mission is to help men and women to look and feel younger, while reversing the signs and symptoms of aging with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Taking a systems approach to treating health concerns, Doctor Ward understands that balancing different bodily systems can prevent or heal ailments. Using anti-aging protocols, such as Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has helped Julia Ward, M.D. to improve the lives of countless men and women.
As a Houston, Texas Bioidentical Hormones Doctor, Julia Ward, M.D. offers customized programs that help women and men to overcome the conditions associated with hormonal imbalances, dominances, and decline.
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
When your adrenal glands are working properly, they allow you to effectively manage the various stressors in your life and help build your immunity to common illnesses. However, high levels of stress, a poor diet, and other lifestyle factors can cause an imbalance that leads to chronically feeling fatigued. Optimized hormones allow the adrenal glands to function and peak efficiency and have been shown to reduce and even reverse the effects of adrenal fatigue in both men and women.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
It’s normal to feel tired when you are under stress or don’t get enough sleep, but Chronic Fatigue Syndrome comes with a set of symptoms that may indicate hormonal imbalances. Unfortunately, it causes other problems such as irritability, depression, and lowered resistance to illnesses. Low hormone levels are often the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in women and men. Balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can give men and women the energy they need to meet everyday responsibilities and enjoy satisfying relationships.
Because hormones normally replenish themselves while you are sleeping, struggling with insomnia lowers hormone production. This causes a vicious cycle because low hormone levels cause many sleep disturbances, including insomnia and sleep apnea. While difficulty falling or staying asleep and decreased hormone production are both normal signs of aging, you don’t have to allow them to affect your quality of life. Providing your body the hormones it needs through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can greatly improve restful sleep.
Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, belching, and slow digestion may all be related to imbalanced hormones in your body. Specifically, these problems could originate due to problems with normal thyroid functioning due to too much cortisol or estrogen. Many traditional doctors don’t treat digestion problems correctly because they don’t understand the connection to hormones. When diet, exercise, and medication aren’t working, consider replacing lost hormones through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy with Doctor Ward.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Elevated stress levels and a weakened immune system can both cause IBS, which may present itself as abdominal pain, gas, bloating, or frequent diarrhea. In many cases, both stress and immune system deficiency are related to unbalanced levels of hormones. This can trigger an attack of IBS. Determining what triggers your symptoms, including certain foods and hormone imbalance, is the first step to helping you feel better. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy helps to balance the hormones responsible for triggering IBS symptoms.
The desire to have sex less often and sexual dysfunction are often related, but it’s possible to have one without the other. Sex hormones stimulate the nerves in the brain to become sexually aroused, but this sensation naturally diminishes as you age. Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and a poor diet are additional reasons libido may be low. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, therapy with Bioidentical Hormones helps to improve your sexual desire and functioning.
Menopause results in the decline of ovarian function in women. This reduces the body’s reserves of progesterone and estrogen, which are both essential for many areas of mental, sexual, and physical health. Some of the common symptoms women experience during menopause include mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, depression, night sweats, vaginal dryness, anxiety, and the atrophy of vaginal and uterine tissues. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to supplement the body with progesterone and estrogen, helping to reduce the symptoms of menopause and reducing the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Although the average age of menopause is 51, you may begin perimenopause as early as your mid 30s. Common symptoms include breast tenderness, changes in the menstrual cycle, skin changes, vaginal dryness, and loss of bone density. These problems occur due to decreasing levels of estrogen and other essential hormones as you age. If your blood work confirms hormonal imbalance, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you feel more comfortable.
After men turn forty, testosterone levels begin to decline naturally. As testosterone declines, men often notice a reduction in libido, reduced muscle tone, weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, hair loss, and erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, men often feel like they have lost their virility, which often results in self-consciousness and anxiety. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may prove helpful for men dealing with androgen imbalances. By supplementing testosterone, men can regain libido and improve muscle tone, which offers many mental and quality of life benefits.
Low testosterone, which your doctor may also refer to as male menopause, hypogonadism, or andropause, is the term used to describe the multitude of symptoms many men experience as they approach middle age. Your testosterone production actually starts declining one percent every year at age 30. Sexual dysfunction, mood problems, weight gain, and low energy are common problems associated with low testosterone that are correctable with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
If you have PCOS, several small cysts are present on your ovaries. The cysts themselves are not always harmful, but they can cause an imbalance of your hormones. This causes numerous problems, such as difficulty getting pregnant, abnormal menstrual bleeding, acne, unwanted facial and body hair, insulin resistance, and weight gain. Treating PCOS with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy balances the hormones, which may help the cysts go away on their own.
Symptoms of PMS
In a normal menstrual cycle, estrogen rises for the first two weeks and then begins to fall. During the second half of the cycle, this process repeats itself with progesterone. If you’re highly sensitive to hormonal changes, you may experience worsening symptoms of PMS. Some of these include bloating, irritability, fatigue, tension, and weight gain. If your PMS symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your quality of life, consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Low thyroid levels in men can cause cold intolerance, fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, dry skin, and constipation; as many as one in seven men struggle with hypothyroidism. When the thyroid produces an excess of hormones, hyperthyroidism is the result. This condition has many additional symptoms, including muscle weakness, trembling hands, insomnia, and heart palpitations. Having your thyroid level checked and completing Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy are essential to helping you feel better.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can treat numerous conditions related to hormonal decline or imbalance, and Doctor Ward’s specialized programs have helped vast numbers of patients to improve their overall levels of health and wellness.
Before designing a specialized treatment plan, Julia Ward, M.D. will perform a full assessment of the patient’s lifestyle habits, medical history, and genetics in order to provide a long lasting treatment solution.
Upon beginning a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program, patients are given Doctor Ward’s personal email and phone number so that they can contact her any time with concerns and questions. Shortly after beginning a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program, Doctor Ward will make a phone call to check on the patient’s progress. Julia Ward, M.D. offers Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy prescriptions in the forms of creams, pellets, and oral tablets, and she will administer the prescription based on the patient’s preferences.
Bioidentical Hormone Patients Success Stories
Dr. Ward suggested bioidentical testosterone pellet therapy to treat my low T. After three weeks I can truly say it has made a great difference for me. In researching Low T treatments I found the pellet therapy the only way to go! The procedure was fast and simple, Dr Ward was excellent with no pain or side effects. I highly recommend this procedure and Dr Ward.
– Ken C.
Dr Julia Ward is so very personable as well as extremely knowledgeable. She explained the procedure so that I could easily understand the benefits of the testosterone pellet insertion verses the injections ,creams or pills. I had all concerns and fears explained before hand, and felt comfortable in the decision to do this therapy. The procedure itself was done efficiently and painlessly in a short time! I had not expected to have results as quickly as I did, I’m extremely satisfied and will recommend this to any women and men who are in need of assistance in their health and wellbeing with Dr Ward. She truly shows her concern for her patients which is a rare find in physicians today.
– Lanette R.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs have helped countless men and women to improve their overall health and regain their vitality. To learn more about Doctor Julia Ward‘s specialized programs, contact Balanced Body Image of Harris County Texas today to schedule a free consultation!