Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Preventive Medicine Anti-Aging and Chelation Therapy

Integrative Medicine & Alternative Medicine located in Ringgold, GA

The hormone fluctuations that come with age don’t just cause irritating day-to-day symptoms like insomnia, sexual dysfunction, or hot flashes; they can also increase your risk for bone density issues and other long-term health complications. With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at Preventive Medicine Anti-Aging and Chelation Therapy in Ringgold, Georgia, you can reduce hormone loss symptoms while managing the more serious health risks. The team has specialized in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for over 25 years. To find out more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and its benefits, schedule a consultation by phone or online with Robert Burkich, MD, and the team today.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a treatment for women who are going through menopause and for men experiencing low testosterone with age. 

Menopause marks the end of monthly menstrual cycles, and it causes a major drop in sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone. 

You might feel a bit different than usual and experience symptoms associated with drops in hormones like estrogen if you’re a woman and testosterone if you’re a man. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy lets you replenish your hormone levels with hormones that are identical in structure to the natural hormones that came from your body.

As opposed to synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are identical to natural hormone structure. They come from plant estrogens instead of horse urine and other sources.

What are the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can make the transition into older age as you lose hormones much more tolerable. By replacing your missing hormones, you can experience significantly fewer symptoms. Common issues treatable with hormone replacement therapy include:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Painful intercourse
  • Low sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings Insomnia
  • Insomnia
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Loss of muscle mass

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy doesn’t just mitigate symptoms. It can also lower the risk for certain diseases and health complications like diabetes, osteoporosis, and cataracts. Some patients even report improvements in their skin health after estrogen bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, like better hydration and elasticity.

Does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy cause side effects?

Bioidentical estradiol (a type of estrogen) and progesterone hormones have approval for safe use by the FDA. As you adjust to using them, you might experience a few mild side effects like acne or bloating. 

With bioidentical testosterone, possible side effects include skin issues, breast enlargement, and worsening sleep apnea symptoms. 

The team at Preventive Medicine Anti-Aging and Chelation Therapy prescribes the lowest possible effective dose of bioidentical hormones for you. That minimizes your chances of experiencing side effects. They also conduct an in-depth evaluation during your consultation to make sure bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is safe for you in general.

How do I take bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is available in several different modes for your convenience. The team at Preventive Medicine Anti-Aging and Chelation Therapy can help you decide how to take your hormones. Your options include:

  • Injections
  • Creams 
  • Implanted pellets

The team also evaluates you regularly as you take your hormones and can adjust the dose or mode of treatment as needed.

Follow up consultations and lab work will be needed at 2-6 months intervals to assess and adjust your treatment plans 

To find out more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and see if it’s right for you, call Preventive Medicine Anti-Aging and Chelation Therapy, or book an appointment online today.

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