Hormones and health for both sexes
THE use of hormones in the treatment of a range of conditions will be subject of the upcoming Hormones and Health Seminar at 7pm on Wednesday, August 28, at Pass Cafe in Byron Bay.
The seminar is an official fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Australia, and is being convened by Michelle Loschiavo from the Cape Byron Compounding Chemist.
Byron Bay sex therapist, Alison Rahn MHSc will be the guest speaker.
"We will cover a range of topics about hormones including menopause, andropause - the so-called male menopause, PMS, thyroid imbalance, fatigue, insomnia and anti-ageing," Ms Loschiavo said.
"Andropause, as it is known, can affect men in their 50s and symptoms include weight gain around the middle, loss of muscle tone, loss of confidence, together with a loss of libido and energy levels.
"This can come about as a result of lowered testosterone levels and about a third of the prescriptions I make are for this condition."
As a compounding chemist, Ms Loschiavo specialises in mixing and combining bio-identical hormone replacement for women and men of all ages.
Ms Loschiavo makes up the pharmaceuticals from scratch including creams and lozenges that may not be available across the counter.
She works in conjunction with GPs and patients to prepare the medicines and she advocates using bio-identical hormones.
"The hormones are plant-derived, from yams, and are then converted to the same structure as the hormones that are naturally occurring in our bodies," she said.
"It makes sense to replace lacking hormone levels with hormones that the body recognises."
The cost of the seminar is $10 per ticket from the Cape Byron Compounding Chemist at Shop 6/14 Middleton Street, Byron Bay.
For information call 6685 6223 or go to: byroncompounding.com.au