Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

River Hills Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Austin, TX

Both men and women experience hormonal changes throughout their lives, though the levels in women fluctuate far more. In either case, the loss of critical hormones can have a serious impact on your quality of life, which is why River Hills Family Medicine offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Under the expert care of Lori Naglieri, MD, the team provides patients in Austin, Texas, a way back to better overall health and wellness through BRHT. Call the office or use the easy online scheduling tool to learn more.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

BHRT is the most recent approach to addressing hormone imbalances through the use of hormones that share the same molecular structure as the hormones found in your body. To do this, manufacturers extract a chemical from yam or soy plants and synthesize the identical hormones. 

What are the signs of hormone imbalances in men?

While men may not experience the same wild fluctuations in hormone levels as do women, they do experience a gradual decline in testosterone as they age. As well, some men have low testosterone, also called hypogonadism, due to any number of problems, such as trauma, certain medications, and diabetes.

The signs of abnormally low hormone levels include:

  • Loss of muscle mass (and weight gain)
  • Fatigue
  • Lower libido
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Brain fog

The best way to find out whether your symptoms are caused by lower-than-normal hormone levels is to have Dr. Naglieri run a simple blood test.

What are the signs of hormone imbalances in women?

A woman’s health is governed by the female estrogen hormones to a surprising degree, which is made abundantly clear when these levels fluctuate, leading to:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Painful sex and vaginal dryness
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Irregular periods

These symptoms are often associated with the precipitous drop in hormones that comes with transitioning through menopause, but the problems can start early on during perimenopause. 

How does BHRT work?

At River Hills Family Medicine, the team researched the hormone replacement options and chose BioTE® because of its high quality and convenience. BioTE bioidentical hormones come in pellet form, which Dr. Naglieri inserts just under your skin. Once placed, these pellets slowly release the bioidentical hormones to help regulate your physical and mental health.

While every patient is different, most benefit from two to four rounds of pellets each year, which Dr. Naglieri can implant in just minutes right in her office.

If you’d like to explore how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can restore your quality of life, please call River Hills Family Medicine or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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