Bio-identical Hormone Therapy
Discover a renewed sense of vitality and well-being with bio-identical hormone replacement.
What are Bio-identical Hormones
Let's demystify the concept of bio-identical hormones. When we say "bio-identical," it simply means that these hormones are an exact replica of the ones naturally produced by your body. In theory, your body should be unable to differentiate whether the hormone originated internally or was obtained from a pharmacy. Some bio-identical hormones are available from traditional pharmacies like estradiol and micronized progesterone, while others need to be compounded like testosterone cream for women.
What are Synthetic Hormones
Let's shed some light on synthetic hormones. Unlike bio-identical hormones, synthetic hormones are artificially created chemicals that aim to mimic the actions of natural hormones. However, they fall short of being an exact replica. This means that synthetic hormones are not identical to the hormones your body produces. As a result, there ARE differences in the risks and benefits associated with their use. Furthermore, measuring the levels of synthetic hormones in your body through lab tests is not currently possible.
Symptoms of Menopause/Perimenopause
Hot flashes and/or night sweats
Changes in memory
Anxiety or panic
Frequent urinary tract infections
Joint or muscle pain
Thin skin and/or brittle nails
Symptoms of Andropause
(as you can see similar to menopause!)
Reduced energy levels
Muscle loss or weakness
Weight gain or increased body fat
Mood changes, such as irritability or depression
Decreased bone density
Memory and concentration difficulties
Decreased motivation or drive
Hair loss or thinning
Increased sweating or hot flashes
Decreased physical stamina or endurance
Are Hormones Safe in Men or Women ?
Men and Women
What you should know before Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?
We strongly feel to simply give hormones does the patient a disservice. We are all bio-individual meaning we will all have different hormonal needs AND will all breakdown hormones in a different fashion.
It is important for your medical doctor to assess not only your hormone levels but to ALSO measure hormone metabolites to see how you breakdown your hormones BEFORE you start hormone replacement therapy. Otherwise, you may end up losing your hair which is no good particularly if you are a woman. Men may end up with gynecomastia (man boobs) which is also not desirable.
We do a comprehensive intake, labs are ordered to assess hormone levels: Sex, adrenal and thyroid. Your body is optimized to receive the hormones in a process that delivers Dr Rajka’s proprietary “3-D” protocol in a 1-2 punch. Your labs are reviewed and then you are started on therapy that is individualized to you. 3 months after starting your labs are repeated. From start to finish you are supported to walk you through the the process to optimize your response.
If you want to work with us to balance your Hormones
What if I don’t want to take hormones but want to restore balance?
We are glad you asked. You still need your other hormone levels balanced: thyroid adrenal, insulin. There are non-hormonal ways to support hormone balance including peptide therapy which our office also offers.