Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Optimal Performance Medicine -  - Internal Medicine

Optimal Performance Medicine

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Woodstock, GA

As you age, your hormone levels change. The decrease in certain hormones that comes with time can take its toll. Women know to prepare for these changes as they approach menopause, but shifting hormone levels can also detrimentally affect men. That’s why Michael Skardasis, MD, and the team at Optimal Performance Medicine in Woodstock, Georgia, offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. For relief from your symptoms, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), your Optimal Performance Medicine provider has a way to balance your hormone levels through the years. As you age, your body produces less of the critical hormones your body needs to function. For women, this means a decrease in estrogen and progesterone. For men, it means less testosterone.

These hormones play a significant role in your wellness. Your body’s slowed production of them can lead to a wide range of unwelcome symptoms. Fortunately, with BHRT, your Optimal Performance Medicine provider can supply your body with bioidentical hormones — meaning your body can’t tell them apart from the ones it creates naturally — to maintain your hormone levels and your wellness through the years.

Who can bioidentical hormone replacement therapy help?

Women in menopause aren’t the only ones affected by hormonal changes over time. Decreasing testosterone levels also affect men.

For women, the signs you might benefit from BHRT include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood changes
  • Decreased libido
  • Weight gain
  • Trouble sleeping

For men, the symptoms of low testosterone are:

  • Decreased libido
  • Fatigue
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Increased body fat
  • Hair loss
  • Mood changes

These dropping hormone levels can negatively impact your life. Don’t wait to talk to your Optimal Performance Medicine provider about your BHRT options so you can feel your best as you age.

Is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy safe?

Some people have hesitation around hormone replacement therapy, and rightfully so. Not all hormone treatments are created equal. Some studies have linked non-bioidentical hormones to an increased risk of certain types of cancer.

That’s why the team at Optimal Performance Medicine offers BHRT. These hormones exactly match the hormones your body produces, and your body can’t differentiate between its own hormones and bioidentical ones. This makes them safe for long-term use.

You can take these hormones orally, apply them topically, or have them implanted as pellets, but talk to your provider about your preferences so that you can find the right option together.

For relief from symptoms of menopause or low testosterone, call Optimal Performance Medicine or schedule your appointment online today.