What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are created by replicating hormones made by your body (Estrogens, Testosterone, Progesterone, Cortisol, Dhea). Unlike the usual forms of prescription Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) drugs, Dr. Berkley will prescribe custom-compounded hormones that are defined by the needs of your body. Bioidentical Hormones are available in a variety of formats, including capsules, gels, or creams. They are identical to the hormones your body produces.
Hormone testing and Natural Bio-identical hormone balancing, is effective for treatment of premenopausal and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, decreased libido. As a final benefit, it prevents bone problems including osteoporosis.
Who could benefit from Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
Women of all ages suffer from hormonal imbalances, whether menopausal, peri-menopausal, early onset menopause, or premenstrual symptoms (PMS). In most cases, bioidentical hormones can remove the symptoms of these imbalances.
Symptoms of peri-menopause, menopause, and hormonal imbalances can include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Mental fogginess
- Adult acne
- Loss of sex drive
Men & Hormone Therapy
Men also experience a loss of hormones, although more gradual, and can result in andropause, the “male menopause.” This hormone imbalance has the most impact on Testosterone and Cortisol (the stress hormone), with levels out of proper range, men experience a variety of andropause symptoms, including:
- Loss of libido
- Loss of muscle mass
- Weight gain
- Memory Loss
Hormone Therapy Evaluation with Dr. Berkley
A consultation and hormone replacement therapy evaluation will include:
- Physical exam
- Extensive review of symptoms and family/personal medical history
- Laboratory testing – hormone levels and adrenal function
- Follow up visit – lab/symptom review
- Custom prescription will be written specifically for each patient’s needs
To learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, contact us here.