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Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Q & A
What’s Bio-identical Hormone Replacement?
Bio-identical hormone replacement is a form of personalized treatment used to balance hormone levels so you can lose weight, sleep better, and enjoy an improved mood and sex life. Bio-identical hormones come in the form of creams, pills, and pellets so you can find a method you are comfortable using.
Bio-identical hormones, many made from soybeans and yams, are a natural alternative to traditional hormone therapy that involves the use of prescription medications and their potential side effects. Bio-identical hormones are biologically identical to the hormones your body naturally makes, so replacement hormones are easily absorbed and utilized in your body.
Who can benefit from Bio-identical Hormone Replacement?
Both men and women experience hormonal changes as early as their 30s with most uncomfortable symptoms showing up in middle age or around menopause. If Dr. Leo suspects your symptoms are caused by a hormonal imbalance, testing and treatment are available.
For men, low testosterone can lead to weight gain, loss of lean muscle, and low libido. As their estrogen levels fall, women can experience uncomfortable symptoms during perimenopause and menopause. Hormonal imbalances make it difficult for women to lose weight, sleep well, or feel comfortable during sex or exercise.
What symptoms can Bio-identical Hormone Replacement help?
When your hormones begin to decrease with age, both men and women can experience discomfort and frustrating side effects, including:
- Weight gain
- Muscle loss
- Low libido
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
Your hormones are responsible for regulating your hunger, energy levels, and mood, but hormonal imbalances due to age and menopause can throw you off.
How do I know if I have a hormonal imbalance? help?
Dr. Leo identifies hormonal imbalances with laboratory tests, including blood work and samples of saliva or urine. These tests check levels of your sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
Other tests check thyroid hormones and cortisol levels, both of which can affect the production of sex hormones. Once your doctor identifies the root cause of your imbalance, you are given treatment options to relieve your symptoms.
The doctors at Today’s Integrative Health offer comprehensive, personalized medicine, so your treatment could include bio-identical hormone replacement, functional medicine, nutritional counseling, or some combination of each.