Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The Practice of Health and Wellness

Internal Medicine & Functional Medicine Specialist located in Thomaston, CT

Hormones are an important part of your body’s messenger system. These chemicals send signals to almost every part of your body. They control things like your mood, growth, body hair, and metabolism. Bioidentical hormone therapy benefits people who suffer from a hormonal imbalance or who might not make enough hormones. 
Hormone production increases during puberty and reaches a peak in healthy adults during their 20s and early 30s. Hormone levels start to decline around our mid-30s to early 40s and remain at lower levels for the remainder of our lives. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps to control the side effects of our natural decline in hormone levels and helps us to feel more energetic as we go through the aging process. 

Bioidentical Hormones Q & A

What are Bioidentical Hormones? 

Hormones are chemicals made by the endocrine system. These glands release hormones into your bloodstream and are carried to the appropriate body parts. It is difficult to function properly when your hormones are not balanced. This can result in weight gain, abnormal hair growth, and mood swings. 

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help with the following symptoms: 

  • Weight gain from low metabolism 
  • Mood swings 
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness 
  • Night sweats
  • Low energy
  • Memory impairment
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Decreased libido (interest in sex)

Bioidentical hormones are man-made and are the closest to your own hormones, so your body absorbs them and uses them easily. We use compounding pharmacies to mix the ideal blend for your specific needs. We use compounding pharmacies for individualized doses based on current hormone levels and symptoms.

 

Are there any risks or side effects to Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Yes. Some people should not receive hormone replacement therapy whether they are synthetic or Bioidentical. This includes the following: 

  • People with certain hormone receptive cancers
  • People with blood clotting disorders
  • People sensitive to hormone replacement therapy
  • People who have suffered a stroke or blood clot due to hormone therapy
 
Some of these side effects may occur at the beginning of treatment:
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Spotting
  • Headaches

At The Practice of Health and Wellness, we conduct a full history and physical and review any past medical history which will tell us whether or not you are a good candidate for Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.