As you get older, your body experiences a variety of changes, thanks in part to a decline in hormones. There’s no way to stop the aging process entirely, but bioidentical hormones might be able to help relieve some of the uncomfortable symptoms. At Optimum Medical in Newport Beach, California, internist Sahar Lashin, MD, offers bioidentical hormones to men and women. To request your consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool and select a time that’s most convenient.
Hormones are chemical messengers that are responsible for telling your body what to do.
Hormones develop in your endocrine system and regulate everything from your heartbeat and appetite to energy levels and sex drive.
As you get older, your hormones begin fluctuating.
For women, this typically happens between 45 and 55, when menopause sets in. A woman enters menopause when she’s gone 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. Common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, mood swings, and weight gain.
The male equivalent of menopause is andropause. Men between 50 and 60 often experience low testosterone, low energy levels, lack of sex drive, and irritability.
Traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) uses hormones that are made from synthetic substances.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses hormones derived from plant estrogens. Bioidentical hormones come from natural sources and mimic the hormones produced naturally in your body.
The team at Optimum Medical regularly recommends bioidentical hormone therapy to minimize uncomfortable symptoms associated with menopause and perimenopause, including:
Research also suggests BHRT can lower your risk of cataracts, tooth decay, and diabetes.
BHRT can also benefit people living with cancer or chronic pain. Some other conditions it’s used to treat include fibromyalgia and osteoporosis.
The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate for BHRT is to schedule an appointment with the team at Optimum Medical.
First, your doctor does a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you a series of questions about your symptoms. Next, your doctor orders a series of blood tests including a complete blood count (CBC) and a thyroid panel.
About a week later, you return for a second appointment to review your results. If your hormone levels are low, your Optimum Medical provider could recommend bioidentical hormone therapy in combination with lifestyle changes like regular exercise and a healthy, well-balanced diet.
The team at Optimum Medical offers bioidentical hormones in a number of forms, including pills, patches, creams, and injections. They will work with you to determine a course of treatment that best aligns with your lifestyle and individual needs.
If the natural aging process is negatively affecting your quality of life, bioidentical hormones are worth considering. Call or click the online booking tool to make an appointment at Optimum Medical today.