How common is thyroid disease? While approximately 20 million Americans are affected by thyroid disorders, only about half are ever diagnosed. Thyroid dysfunction is so prevalent however, that about one in every eight women will develop a thyroid disorder in her lifetime. What types of thyroid diseases exist? The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base
While researchers continue to maintain that frequency of sexual activity is often a predictor of general well-being, one U.S. study found that nearly one-third of women of reproductive age, and over half of postmenopausal women complained of low libido. The Role of Testosterone and Libido in Women Scientists know that a number of factors influence
What is compounding? Compounding is the process of combining 2 or more ingredients to create a customized medication, specifically prepared for an individual. A licensed pharmacist or physician essentially creates a recipe containing many elements that must be thoroughly combined, so that a particular prescription can be used for a specific person. Compounded medications do
Every middle-aged man and woman will experience physical changes as a result of fluctuating hormone levels and the natural course of aging. The type of treatment prescribed depends a lot on the physician treating hormone-related symptoms, and the needs of the individual patient. While some physicians may successfully manage mood-related disorders, loss of libido, vasomotor
What are phytoestrogens? Phytoestrogens are naturally produced chemicals that mimic hormones in the body, also referred to as mild estrogens. Currently, more than 300 plants produce phytoestrogens, in 16 different plant families. While phytoestrogens are much weaker than natural estrogen found in humans and in animals, they may have the potential to produce estrogenic effects.