Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

As we age our bodies produce less hormones, which can cause disruptive symptoms that range from weight gain to hot flashes (even for men). Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are natural (created primarily from plants) and chemically identical to those found in the human body. At California Wellness Institute, our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) program identifies and customizes the hormonal regiment so you get precisely the hormones you need for optimal body function.

How do I know if I might need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

There are many reasons a person might have hormonal imbalance or decline. While menopause is one of the most common causes of hormonal decline, men also experience a decline in hormone production as they age. No matter the cause, a hormonal imbalance can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including:

Weight gain or trouble losing weight
Loss of muscle mass
Hot flashes and night sweats
Mood changes and irritability
Depression and anxiety
Disrupted sleep or insomnia
Memory loss and reduced concentration
Loss of libido
Painful sex (vaginal dryness)
Erectile dysfunction

What is involved in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

You'll start with a thorough consultation, physical exam and blood tests provided by Dr. Rajaratnam. He will inquire about your symptoms, medical history, overall health and lifestyle. Blood tests will reveal any hormonal imbalances as well as other conditions that could cause similar symptoms.

If a hormonal imbalance is the root cause of your symptoms, Dr. Rajaratnam will prescribe a bioidentical hormone replacement regimen. Depending on your needs, he may recommend an oral medication, implant or topical cream. You will follow-up with Dr. Rajaratnam regularly to review your symptoms, reevaluate your hormone levels, and adjust your dose as needed.

Is there anyone who shouldn't take bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Yes. Anyone who has a history of blood clots should not use BHRT. Additionally, it is not recommended for women who have unexplained vaginal bleeding or a history of breast, ovarian, or endometrial cancer.

To find out if your troublesome symptoms might be alleviated with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, call the California Wellness Institute at 760-636-4171 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rajaratnam today.