Hormones are responsible for regulating a wide range of functions in the human body. As you age, your hormone levels have a tendency to drop and many of the symptoms commonly associated with aging can be attributed to hormone deficiencies. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a safe and effective way to restore your hormone levels to a more youthful state. At Prime Time of Life in Saratoga, California, board-certified physician Daniel E. Erdman, MD, specializes in science-based anti-aging solutions, aimed at treating and reducing the impact of age-related conditions. To learn more about how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help you reclaim your health and vitality, call to speak personally with Dr. Erdman or schedule an appointment at Prime Time of Life by phone or online today.
Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Q & A
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are hormone replacements that are chemically identical to the hormones that your body naturally produces.
Bioidentical hormones are readily absorbed by the body and mimic the functions of essential hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. They can be customized to your specific needs, allowing for safe, effective, and natural hormone treatment.
How can bioidentical hormone therapy improve my health?
Low levels of hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone can have major impacts on your overall health. Hormone replacement therapy is frequently used to help restore more youthful levels of hormones in older men and can also help women suffering from hormonal deficiencies associated with perimenopause or menopause.
The effects of low hormone levels may include:
- Loss of muscle mass
- Decreased bone density
- Weight gain
- Diminished mental acuity (“Brain fog”)
- Depression/mood swings
- Memory loss
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Female sexual dysfunction including vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and low libido
- Male sexual dysfunction including low libido and erectile dysfunction
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can be used to address low hormone levels in both men and women. As your hormone levels and bodily processes return to more youthful levels, the symptoms of hormonal deficiency begin to improve.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has also shown promise for treating conditions like osteoporosis and may reduce your risk of developing age-related disorders such as heart disease and cancer.
How are bioidentical hormones administered?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a highly personalized treatment at Prime Time of Life. Dr. Erdman will perform baseline laboratory testing to check your hormone levels and then design your treatment regimen based on your specific test results and symptoms.
Your progress will be closely monitored by Dr. Erdman who will carefully make adjustments to your treatment plan as needed to optimize your health and vitality.
Bioidentical hormones can be administered in several ways. Depending on your condition and personal preferences, Dr. Erdman may use:
- Implanted pellets
You and Dr. Erdman will discuss the pros and cons of the different treatment options available.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is not appropriate for all patients. However, if appropriate for you, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may reduce or eliminate your symptoms of age-related hormonal deficiencies and get you back to your optimal health and performance.
To find out if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is right for you, call Prime Time of Life to speak personally with Dr. Erdman or book an appointment by phone or online.