What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Chris Pate, M.D. at Biosymmetry Hormone Health is a Wilmington, North Carolina Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor that offers customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs for men and women. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a naturally compounded, plant-derived form of hormone replacement therapy.

Though Bioidentical Hormones have been around for years, most practitioners are unfamiliar with them. Bioidentical Hormones are manufactured in the lab to have the exact same chemical structure as the hormones made by the human body. By contrast, synthetic hormones are intentionally different. Drug companies can’t patent something that occurs naturally, so they invent synthetic hormones that are patentable. This is often a “one-size-fits-all” dosage regime.

Compounding is the process of preparing medicines tailored to patients’ individual needs. Compounding offers patients their choice of drug, strength, and dosage form, and can be decided on a case-by-case basis. This process allows for medical treatments that otherwise might not be possible.

Bioidentical Hormones are natural and our bodies metabolize Bioidentical Hormones the way we are designed to. Synthetic hormones can often be quite strong and produce unbearable side effects. With an individualized approach to hormone therapy, you can know exactly what your hormone levels are, compare the benefits versus the risks of all possible therapies, and choose the ideal replacement protocol to bring your hormones back to their ideal balance.

Bioidentical Hormones For Women

For many women there is a tremendous void in the treatment of menopause symptoms. Hot flashes and mood swings are just the tip of the iceberg. One of the earliest signs of estrogen deficiency is frequent waking at night. Many other symptoms may be present, including mental fogginess. A woman’s short-term retention may be dwindling and her concentration and focus is not as good as it used to be. Frequently, women may experience loss of energy to the point that they actually slide into symptoms of chronic fatigue.

In addition, women may experience mood swings and irritability and at the extreme may actually develop feelings of depression. With the loss of energy and chronic fatigue, women may find themselves unable to exercise, or to recover quickly when they do exercise. One common symptom that is not as frequently discussed is loss of libido. Not only is their energy level and sense of wellbeing diminishing, but anticipation and enjoyment of sexual activity is waning as well.

Unfortunately, so many times these symptoms are simply attributed to normal aging. While we cannot reverse the aging process, we can certainly optimize it by restoring the normal balance of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Bioidentical Hormones For Men

Symptoms of menopause in women are well studied; however, andropause, the male equivalent to menopause, is essentially ignored. Men suffer needlessly from testosterone deficiency either because this hormone deficiency goes unrecognized, or they simply don’t talk about it, especially as it relates to any perceived decline in sexual function.

When men think of diminished testosterone levels, they do not usually relate this to decreased enjoyment of life, however men may notice a decline in their competitive drive or decreased enthusiasm for things previously enjoyed. Growing older is hard enough for men without having to needlessly suffer from declines in testosterone hormone levels. Recent medical research shows that replenishing deficient testosterone provided significant improvement in sexual function and libido, mood, energy and general wellbeing for men. Doctor Pate has helped countless men to recover from the side effects of hormone decline with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Chris Pate, M.D. at Biosymmetry Hormone Health has helped thousands of men and women to improve their quality of life with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. To learn more about the benefits of Bioidentical Hormones for men and women, contact Wilmington, North Carolina Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor, Chris Pate, M.D. at Biosymmetry Hormone Health today to schedule a free consultation!