What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
For Women: Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is most commonly used to treat the symptoms of menopause. However, bioidentical hormones may also be used to manage issues during puberty, or issues relating to thyroid and weight management.
For Men: The most common use of hormone replacement therapy in men is the use of bioidentical hormones to treat low testosterone. Andropause (male menopause) is caused by low testosterone, as testosterone levels decrease about 2% each year in men.
If you suffer from any of the above issues (or any closely related issues), we have provided additional information for men and women below.
How are Bioidentical Hormones Made?
Bioidentical hormones are manufactured in a lab to have the same molecular structure as the hormones made by your own body. This allows us to take an individualized approach with each patient treated by our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy doctors.
We begin with laboratory tests of your hormone levels, what we call a hormone panel. When warranted, we prescribe a precise dosage of bioidentical estrogen, testosterone or DHEA that is created in a compounding pharmacy to meet the needs of the individual patient.
Each patient is monitored carefully through regular follow-up hormone panels to ensure they achieve symptom relief at the lowest possible dosage. In the initial stages we will test a hormone panel every three months. Once balance is restored, we’ll do one panel a year at the time of your annual exam.
Bioidentical hormones are thought to be safer than synthetic hormones and carry two practical advantages:
1.They can be matched to the patients individual needs as opposed to the one dose fits all approach of synthetic hormone treatment
2. They are more easily metabolized which is thought to minimize side effects