Symptoms of Hormonal Deficiency

There are a number of symptoms that may be present in people suffering from hormone loss or imbalance, including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Cloudy thinking
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms as a result of menopause or perimenopause, the clinicians at Dominion Women’s Health are here for you. In a consultation, we’ll discuss your symptoms and run a few tests to find out if BHRT can help alleviate your pain and aches, and help you regain your self-confidence.

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What Makes Bio-identical Hormones Different?

Chemically speaking, both traditional hormones and bio-identical hormones are identical to the ones your body produces. However, the source and formulation of the hormones sets them apart.

A bio-identical hormone is one that is harvested from plants, rather than created synthetically in a lab or isolated from the urine of pregnant horses. There is little research that shows BHRT is either more or less effective than traditional hormone replacement therapy.

What are the Risks of BHRT?

Hormone replacement therapy is not for everyone. Before beginning hormone optimization therapy with Dominion Health and Wellness, our team will fully examine you, measure your current hormone levels, and rule out any contraindications to treatment.

The goal of using bio-identical hormones is to balance your hormones—using more than is necessary can lead to a number of negative side effects. In general, people undergoing hormone replacement are at a greater risk for blood clots, gallbladder disease, and stroke. For men and women who take hormones consistently, there is also an increased risk for heart disease and certain types of cancer, including breast cancer.

Hormone Therapy Side Effects

Because your body is so influenced by the daily and long-term fluctuation of hormones in your system, there can be side effects of hormone replacement therapy, especially when beginning treatment. These include:

  • Acne
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Increased facial hair in women

Our team will keep a close watch of any side effects that develop during the course of treatment, and may adjust doses or stop treatment all together for patients whose needs are not being met.

How do you Administer Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Bioidentical hormones can help both men and women gain back a better quality of life. By balancing the levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in patients, we are able to reduce the symptoms of hormone deficiency and give them back the quality of life they deserve.

Hormones can be administered in a number of different ways, including pellets, patches, creams, gels, and injections. Pellet therapy is often a popular choice because they are easily inserted under the skin with virtually no pain in a quick 15-minute procedure.

All doses for hormone replacement therapy are individualized to each patient’s blood hormone levels, symptoms, and other factors.

Hormone Replacement Therapy in Richmond, VA

If you are interested in learning more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, contact our office today!  Full injections of Hormone Replacement Therapy cost $475.  Hormone boosters start at $75.  Our team would be happy to schedule your initial consultation to find out if BHRT can help you feel like yourself again. To learn more about this procedure or the other products and services that may be right for you, get in touch with us today. You can reach our hormone optimization clinic in Richmond by calling 804-447-2303 or contacting us online.