can Hormone THerapy Help me?
If you’re experiencing symptoms such as brain fog, low sex drive, vaginal dryness, sleeping difficulties, weight gain or mood swings, hormone therapy may be very helpful.
Most of us know that hormones directly impact sex drive and general sexual functioning. But did you know that hormones can also affect your mood, appetite, sleep patterns, memory and general mental health? That’s why it’s crucial to make sure you have the right amounts of the right kinds of hormones.
The hormones that have the greatest affect on your sexual health are estrogen and testosterone. A simple blood test allows us to accurately interpret your hormone levels and decide on the appropriate therapy.
As we are becoming more aware of the fact that hormones play a significant role on women’s libidos, testosterone has begun to play a more important role in evaluation and treatment. For years research has supported the fact that testosterone replacement therapy in men significantly impacts libido, bone density, energy levels and mood. So practitioners experimented with small amounts of testosterone replacement in women and began to see significant and sometimes dramatic outcomes. Those of us in the field can tell you from our practical experience with thousands of patients with low libido: testosterone can and does work to raise a woman’s desire and interest in sex. Learn More Here
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
There is much confusion and misinformation when it comes to bioidentical hormones. Simply put, the chemical makeup of bioidentical hormones exactly matches that of the same hormones in your body. They can be man-made, but the molecular components are the same. For example, if you looked at laboratory-generated bioidentical estrogen under a microscope it would appear exactly the same as the estrogen your body makes. Learn More
Treatment at Maze: What to Expect
Our patient-centric approach is embraced by our experienced team consisting of nurse practitioners, therapists, licensed social workers and certified menopause practitioners. Together, they consider all facets of your general health and medical history — whatever it takes to get the full picture — and then develop a treatment plan. No one else applies this breadth of expertise to sexual health.
On your first visit, we will conduct bloodwork to determine your hormone levels. We can then decide together the optimal treatment plan for you based on your symptoms and overall health goals. If hormone therapy is indicated, we will discuss the variety of modalities offered including creams, patches and pellets, and review the benefits of monitoring your hormone levels regularly to modify and calibrate as needed.
Maze Also Treats:
It is believed that 6 -12 % of women have vaginismus: a condition where there is involuntary tightness of the vagina during attempted intercourse. The tightness is actually caused by involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles surrounding the vagina. The woman does not directly control or ‘will’ the tightness to occur; it is an involuntary pelvic response. She may not even have any awareness that the muscle response is causing the tightness or penetration problem. Learn More Here
Low Sex Drive
Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is a deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity. It is the diagnostic term for what we commonly know as low sex drive or low libido or just plain “not wanting to have sex”. There is currently a lot of press around HSDD as physicians, sexual health specialists, sex therapists and pharmaceutical companies debate the balance between physiological and psychological sources of low desire. Learn More Here
The Maze Group
At Maze we treat the whole person, by which we mean, we employ medical, psychological, and physiological expertise to fully understand you, your lifestyle and your medical needs. This patient-centric approach naturally starts with our Medical Director, Michael A. Werner, MD, a board-certified urologist whose focus has always been to make a difference in people's lives. The hallmarks of his process extend to each of the other areas of our practice — compassion, medical sophistication, an openness to new techniques and innovations, and an exclusive focus on sexual and reproductive health. Learn More