Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy As we age our bodies produce less hormones, which can cause disruptive symptoms that range from weight gain to hot flashes (even for men).
Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are natural (created primarily from plants) and chemically identical to those found in the human body.
How do I know if I might need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
There are many reasons a person might have hormonal imbalance or decline. While menopause is one of the most common causes of hormonal decline, men also experience a decline in hormone production as they age. No matter the cause, a hormonal imbalance can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including:
~ Weight gain or trouble losing weight
~ Loss of muscle mass
~ Hot flashes and night sweats
~ Mood changes and irritability
~ Depression and anxiety
~ Disrupted sleep or insomnia
~ Memory loss and reduced concentration
~ Loss of libido
~ Painful sex (vaginal dryness)
~ Erectile dysfunction
What is involved in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
You'll start with a thorough consultation, physical exam and blood tests provided by Dr. Rajaratnam. He will inquire about your symptoms, medical history, overall health and lifestyle. Blood tests will reveal any hormonal imbalances as well as other conditions that could cause similar symptoms.
Is there anyone who shouldn't take bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Yes. Anyone who has a history of blood clots should not use BHRT. Additionally, it is not recommended for women who have unexplained vaginal bleeding or a history of breast, ovarian, or endometrial cancer.