Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Lifestyle Medical & Wellness

Internal Medicine & Preventative Medicine Specialists located in Bingham Farms, MI

Hormone depletion is a common issue associated with aging. As your body produces fewer hormones, many of your critical body functions are affected, including your metabolism and libido, which can severely impact your health. Brian J. Kolender, MD, offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) at Lifestyle Medical & Wellness, located in Bingham Farms, Michigan. If you’re living with symptoms like weight gain, fatigue, and mood changes, call Lifestyle Medical & Wellness or make an appointment online today to find out if bioidentical hormone replacement is right for you.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

As you age, your body produces fewer hormones — the chemical messengers that control most of your bodily functions. For example, men begin to lose testosterone as early as age 30 and women’s estrogen and progestin production decrease as they approach menopause.

As a result, you may develop disruptive symptoms like weight gain, mood changes, and sleep disturbances. Bioidentical hormone replacement replenishes your hormones with plant-based hormones engineered to look exactly like your own, natural hormones.

Bioidentical hormones are available in a variety of forms, including pills, subdermal pellets, creams, patches, and injections. Dr. Kolender provides a comprehensive exam and testing to determine if a hormonal imbalance is causing your symptoms and to identify what hormones your body needs.

What are the signs that I would benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Your hormones regulate nearly everything your body does, and as a result, you may experience a variety of symptoms throughout your body. For example, some of the common signs of a hormonal imbalance include:

  • Weight gain
  • Muscle mass loss
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low libido

Not all hormonal imbalances are related to testosterone and estrogen. For example, if you have a thyroid condition, your body may need additional thyroid hormones to regulate your metabolism, sleep, and mood.

Another sign of hormonal imbalance is abnormal glucose levels. Insulin is the hormone responsible for converting blood sugar to energy in your cells, and if you don’t have enough insulin, you could have high glucose levels and develop signs of diabetes.

Numerous studies have suggested balanced hormones can result in improved diabetes, insulin resistance, and heart health.

What should I expect during bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Before prescribing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Kolender provides a comprehensive exam and testing to ensure the treatment will resolve your symptoms. If he decides bioidentical hormone replacement can help with your symptoms, you’ll start to use the natural hormones.

You have frequent appointments with Dr. Kolender so he can monitor your symptoms and hormone levels. He may need to fine-tune your prescription to replenish your hormones and relieve your symptoms effectively.

If you’re concerned about your wellness and think that a hormone imbalance is the root cause of your symptoms, call Lifestyle Medical & Wellness or schedule a consultation online today.