Dr. Steven Peterson of Lakecrest Cosmetic Surgery Center offers bioidentical hormones therapy. Bioidentical hormones are commonly known as “natural” in hormone replacement therapy, since they act in the body just like the natural hormones being produced by the human body. Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant chemicals and not synthesized in a laboratory. As women enter in their menopausal years they will stop the normal production of estrogen, progesterone and other hormones. In order for them to maintain their youthful vitality and avoid health problems during the menopausal stage, a bioidentical hormone replacement is recommended to obtain relief from the menopausal symptoms.
Men can suffer from hormonal imbalance too. Andropause is the term for men who suffered from hormonal imbalance. Thyroid deficient, adrenal fatigue and erectile dysfunction are among the conditions suffered by men due to hormonal imbalance.
Bioidentical hormones can be taken orally, applied as a cream, or injected. A careful evaluation by Dr. Peterson is essential to properly evaluate the patient’s hormonal level. The patient will be diagnosed carefully to see to it that there is a hormone decline. Women and men alike will be properly diagnosed using the latest hormonal testing and will be prescribed with the correct hormone dosages for the patients specific needs.
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural occurring sources, such as yams and soy, and have the same molecular structure of the hormones produced by the body.
What is the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones?
While both bioidentical and synthetic hormones are created in labs, synthetic hormones are not identical to naturally occurring hormones of the body. Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, match the body’s hormones on a molecular level.
The body recognizes the chemical structure of bioidentical hormones as identical to naturally occurring hormones.
Types of Bioidentical Hormones
There are several different types of hormones that can be used in bioidentical hormone therapy including estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, thyroid, and melatonin — each having a specific role in the body.
Why do women need hormones before, during and after menopause?
Hormonal imbalances that may occur before, during, and even after menopause can cause a multitude of symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, anxiety, and depression. Commonly, women experience lower estrogen levels before and during menopause. When those levels become unbalanced, symptoms such as bone loss and lowered libido occur. By using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, along with lifestyle changes, these discomforts can be reduced or eliminated.
Why do men need testosterone replacement?
As men age, their testosterone levels lower and they can experience low testosterone symptoms. Testosterone is responsible for maintaining energy, muscle mass, metabolism, mental focus and sex drive. As men age, they may see these properties decline as they enter andropause or male menopause, which is a decline in progesterone and testosterone levels, along with an increase of estrogen production. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help balance hormone levels to reduce the symptoms, as well as restore vitality.
How are bioidentical hormones administered?
There are several different ways bioidentical hormones can be administered, including taken orally, injected, or applied as a topical cream. A careful evaluation is made to determine a patient’s hormonal level to diagnose any decline in hormone levels, so the proper dosages can be prescribed for their specific need.
What does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy cost?
The cost of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy will vary depending on the individual treatment plan. After an initial consultation, a better estimate of the costs can be made.
What are the side effects of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
There are very few side effects. While rare, side effects may include:
- Increased aggressiveness, acne and irritability, which appear during the initial phase of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. These signs usually resolve themselves as hormone levels become more balanced.
- Some women have experienced breast tenderness, bloating, cramping and spotting. These signs usually resolve themselves as hormone levels become more balanced.
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