When your body lacks the proper balance of hormones, it impacts every aspect of the way you feel and function. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) recalibrates this essential balance with the use of manufactured hormones that are exact molecular copies of the body’s natural variety.
Am I a Candidate for Bioidentical Hormones?
Lower hormone levels are correlated with aging in both men and women. For women past menopause, estrogen levels tend to be significantly lower. Men see a steady decline in testosterone as they age. In general, this reduced concentration of hormones can lead to fatigue, lack of energy, loss of muscle, weight gain, moodiness, and even memory loss. Hormones also affect growth, interest in sex, and how your body digests food and absorbs nutrients.
Synthetic Hormone Solution
At the practice of Dr. Green, available bioidentical hormones include estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, and are available as pills, creams, gels, sprays or inserts. Our program is managed by nationally board certified Physician Assistant Stacy Lasater, a graduate of the University of Washington’s acclaimed School of Medicine Medex program. Stacy has a remarkable depth of experience that includes family medicine, dermatology, emergency medicine, psychology, general surgery, bone marrow transplantation, orthopedics, hematology and oncology. She assists Dr. Green with all elements of patient care.
Bioidentical hormones commonly include plant-derived ingredients such as 17β-estradiol or micronized progesterone. Dr. Green’s practice uses only those varieties that have been tested and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These synthetic hormones are considered equal to your body’s hormones in benefit and risk.
How We Monitor Your BHRT Therapy
As with any hormone therapy, your progress, and how well your body tolerates the synthetic hormones, will be closely monitored during regular office visits, and your dosage may be periodically adjusted. Dr. Green and his team favor a conservative approach, keeping your dosage as low as possible while still achieving the desired result. You may have occasional blood, urine or saliva tests to check your hormonal balance and identify any side effects.
Are There any Risks to Bioidentical Hormones?
Potential risks of hormone replacement therapies tend to be more significant for women than men. For some post-menopausal patients, risk may increase for heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, blood clots and gallbladder disease. Women may also experience mood swings, breast tenderness, cramping, bloating and some growth of facial hair. For both men and women, possible side effects include acne, headaches, indigestion, weight gain, blurred vision or fatigue. Stacy and Dr. Green will closely watch for any signs of medical risk, side effects or patient discomfort, and alter the course of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy when warranted.
To learn more about BHRT, schedule your personal consultation with Physician Assistant Stacy Lasater in the Sacramento or Granite Bay office of Dr. Scott Green. Call (916) 929-1833 or request an appointment online today.