Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Specialist

Integrative Health Associates

Integrative Medicine located in Greenville, SC

It’s hard to be sure of the underlying cause of a hormonal imbalance, but one thing is certain: It comes with too many unpleasant side effects that can interrupt your life. As a practice specializing in integrative and chiropractic medicine, your provider at Integrative Health Associates in Greenville, South Carolina, carefully evaluates your individual symptoms to understand exactly what’s causing your hormone issues. To see if you’re a good candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, call the office or schedule a consultation online.

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Age, menopause, or another health condition sometimes lead to hormonal imbalances that result in uncomfortable symptoms, and these symptoms may profoundly affect the quality of your life. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a method of replenishing depleted hormones to bring your body back into balance and relieve unpleasant symptoms.

While some hormone replacement therapies use synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are different in that they’re made from plant estrogens rather than from synthetic ingredients.  Bioidentical hormones are created to be chemically identical to the hormones your body naturally produces.

What types of bioidentical hormones are available?

Among the most commonly re-created hormones are estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. Bioidentical hormones come in a variety of forms, including:

  • Pills
  • Creams
  • Pellets
  • Gels
  • Patches
  • Injections

Your provider can recommend which option may work best for your individual needs. BHRT is not a one-size-fits-all method, but rather a protocol that can be customized to each person’s hormonal imbalance or deficiency.

What causes hormonal imbalances?

In addition to the natural aging process, such as menopause, other causes of hormonal imbalances include:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Medications
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Injury or trauma
  • Stress
  • Cancer treatments
  • Pituitary tumors

As part of an integrative, whole-person philosophy to health care, your provider at Integrative Health Associates makes every effort to determine the underlying cause of your hormonal imbalance so they can prescribe the most effective treatment options, which may include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

What are the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance?

Although everyone experiences the effects of hormonal changes differently, many women and men experience common symptoms such as:

  • Pain, stiffness, and joint swelling
  • Weight gain and increased hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Thinning hair or hair loss
  • Sweating or hot flashes
  • Lower sex drive (libido)
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Nervousness or irritability
  • Dry skin
  • Depression
  • Changes in digestion and bowel movements
  • Frequent urination

Women may also experience hormonal imbalances as a change in menstrual cycles, vaginal dryness, and acne on their face, chest, or back. For men, a loss of muscle mass, erectile dysfunction, and osteoporosis are common experiences of hormonal imbalance as your body produces less testosterone.

Depending on the severity, the unpleasant effects of a hormonal imbalance may seriously affect the quality of your life. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with these symptoms. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help you get back to feeling like yourself again.

Call the practice or schedule a consultation online to get relief.