Whether you have obvious symptoms like the hot flashes of menopause, erectile dysfunction caused by low testosterone, or you simply endure chronic fatigue and don’t know why, bioidentical hormone therapy may be the treatment you need to restore balance. Contact Dr. Lynne R. Mielke and Sandi Kreizenbeck, DNP, at Optimal Health Spectrums in Pleasanton, California, for a thorough evaluation of your health as well as hormone testing. If your hormones are deficient, bioidentical hormones effectively rejuvenate your body.request an appointment
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical and molecular structure as those produced in your body, so they naturally restore the balance when your hormone levels are too low. We are experts in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) – an important distinction because a survey revealed that many healthcare providers aren’t familiar with BHRT.
What menopausal symptoms are treated with bioidentical hormones?
The average age of menopause is 51, but each woman gets there in her own time. When you reach menopause, your ovaries have stopped producing hormones. This means you’ll be hormone-deficient for the rest of your life unless you replace them.
These classic menopause symptoms can be relieved with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Vaginal dryness and atrophy
- Painful intercourse
- Low sex drive
- Difficulty sleeping
- Mood swings
- Poor memory
What other health benefits are gained with bioidentical hormone replacement?
Treating hormone deficiencies with BHRT can improve many aspects of your health. You gain a healthier brain with better memory, and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Estrogen is essential for strong bones, so BHRT prevents osteoporosis. Restoring hormones helps prevent degenerative diseases associated with aging, improves skin strength and elasticity, and boosts your energy.
What should you know about BHRT?
BHRT is always customized for each individual. When taken at the right dose and administered through your skin or mucosal tissue (not taken orally), BHRT shouldn’t cause side effects.
You start with an average dose, then we check 24-hour urine tests and blood tests to monitor your hormone levels and determine whether your dose should be adjusted.
What symptoms of low testosterone in men are treated with bioidentical hormones?
Testosterone levels naturally begin to decline when men reach the age of 30-40 years. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps restore testosterone to its normal level, which in turn, relieves symptoms caused by low testosterone, such as:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low sex drive
- Decrease in beard and body hair
- Loss of muscle mass
- Loss of bone leading to osteoporosis
- Difficulty concentrating
What other health conditions are treated with bioidentical hormone therapy?
Hormone deficiencies can be caused by issues other than natural age-related changes. Two common problems treated with bioidentical hormones are:
- Adrenal fatigue: low cortisol levels cause fatigue, insomnia, foggy brain, and a slow immune system
- Hypothyroidism: low levels of thyroid hormone cause weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, muscle weakness, depression, and memory problems
*Individual Results May Vary