Hormones are substances produced by the body and used to control an array of important functions, including metabolism, sleep, blood sugar levels and sexual function. While the levels of some hormones remain relatively stable over time, the production of other hormones like estrogen and progesterone declines drastically with age, resulting in an array of side effects including increased risks of disease. Hormone replacement therapy (or HRT) uses synthetic hormones to supplement the hormones normally produced by the body to help maintain overall wellness.
HRT can be used to treat symptoms like:
HRT can also be used to treat conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) caused by low levels of hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are synthetic (lab-created) hormones that have the same chemical structure as the hormones produced by the body. In traditional hormone replacement therapy, early versions of synthetic hormones had a different structure that made it difficult for the body to eliminate them once used. That meant levels of these hormones could reach very high levels, significantly increasing the risk of dangerous side effects. Bioidentical hormones are treated just like natural hormones, which means they can be eliminated in the same way. As a result, they don’t have the dangerous side effects associated with early synthetic hormones.
The development of bioidentical hormones has eliminated most risks associated with HRT. Like any long-term medical treatment, hormone replacement therapy requires ongoing testing and evaluation to ensure the dosing remains at the optimal level over time. When administered by a skilled and knowledgeable doctor, today’s bioidentical hormone replacements can offer significant benefits for women as they approach and enter menopause.
Dr. Abha S. Gupta M.D., F.A.C.O.G. accepts most major insurances! Take a look at our list of the major insurances we accept and feel free to call us if you have any questions.