The Cedar City Institute of Women's Health
Obstetrics & Gynecology & Women's Health located in Cedar City, UT
Hormones play an important role in many bodily functions, from metabolism to reproduction. Hormone levels naturally fluctuate throughout life, but changes like menopause can create lasting hormonal imbalances and lead to negative side effects. The good news is that you don’t have to live with the symptoms. Terence Heath, MD, and the team at The Cedar City Institute of Women's Health offer bioidentical hormone therapy to women in Cedar City, Utah. To find out if bioidentical hormone therapy is right for you, call the OB/GYN practice or schedule a consultation online today.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Q&A
Do I have a hormonal imbalance?
Your body’s endocrine glands produce specialized chemicals called hormones. Hormones act like messengers throughout the body and influence many different functions. If your body makes too much or too little of a certain hormone, you could have a hormonal imbalance.
Hormonal imbalances can change the way your body functions and affect how you feel. Symptoms vary depending on the hormonal imbalance that you have but can include:
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Low sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Anxiety or depression
- Thinning hair
For women, menopause is one of the most common causes of hormonal imbalance. Declining estrogen and progesterone make your menstrual periods stop, but other symptoms of hormonal fluctuation can make menopause unpleasant for many women.
It’s possible to experience hormonal imbalance before menopause too. Younger women may have premature ovarian failure, which can cause hormone levels to drop and trigger the symptoms of hormone imbalance.
What is bioidentical hormone therapy?
Bioidentical hormones are synthetic hormones that are chemically identical to natural hormones. Bioidentical hormones start with plant matter and are modified in a laboratory to make it easier for your body to absorb and use them.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a popular option for people with hormonal imbalances because bioidentical hormones closely mimic those naturally produced in the human body. These hormones are easy for your body to metabolize, and they may be a more natural option than other hormone replacement therapies.
All hormone replacement therapies come with risks, so it’s important to learn about possible side effects before choosing BHRT. Always consult with your health care team before beginning a new treatment plan.
How does bioidentical hormone therapy work?
The providers at The Cedar City Institute of Women's Health diagnose hormonal imbalance with a comprehensive exam. Your exam includes a review of your symptoms, along with diagnostic tests like blood work and saliva or urine testing.
If Dr. Heath and the team identify a hormonal imbalance, they develop a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs. They work with you to find the right dosage and combination of hormones to give you relief from your most bothersome symptoms.
BHRT comes in a variety of forms, so you can choose the best method for your lifestyle. Some popular options include pellets inserted beneath the skin, oral medication, and topical creams.
Don’t ignore the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Find out if you could benefit from BHRT at The Cedar City Institute of Women's Health. Call the office or book an appointment online today.