As middle-age creeps up on you, you are likely to experience typical symptoms that come with hormonal fluctuations. It is common to experience weight gain, fatigue and mood swings. Strength tends to weaken. You may lose your libido. If you are a woman, night sweats and hot flashes are common. If you are struggling with these symptoms that are related to a drop in reproductive hormones, our doctor may suggest bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Before you start any type of medication, you want to understand exactly what it is.
Understanding Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is intended to help you when testosterone, estrogen and/or progesterone levels decrease in the body. After the age of 40, your body is going to begin preparations for the shutdown of your reproductive system. Your hormone levels will go down. For some fortunate people, these changes may not even be noticeable. However, the drop in hormone levels can be severe for others, causing considerable discomfort.
Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical composition as the hormones that you have lost. They are often derived from plants. Since they have the same makeup as your own hormones, your body will accept them. When bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is administered at the proper dosage with consistency over an extended period of time, you should start to feel like yourself again.
How Can You Begin Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
If you are suffering from symptoms that you believe are hormone-related, it could be time to begin bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. However, this is not a do-it-yourself kind of treatment regimen. You should not consider any products that you see online. You need a doctor’s supervision for this type of treatment.
When you come in to see our team, you can explain what is going on with your body. We will examine you and talk to you about your troubling symptoms. A blood test will be ordered as the best way to pinpoint your hormone levels. It’s always best to rule out anything else that could endanger your health, such as a heart condition or high blood pressure. If you do have a noticeable drop in reproductive hormones, our doctor can prescribe bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for you.
Ask About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Dr. Gavrila at ProMD Health is your guide when it comes to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Make an appointment at our office in Washington, DC or Baltimore to get to the bottom of what is going on with your health. If our doctor recommends bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, you have options. Once you find the best therapy for you, you can feel better. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!