The only way to know if you need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is through specific laboratory testing. There are specific lab panels available to determine if your hormones are imbalanced.
Signs and symptoms of imbalance may include, but are not limited to fatigue, depression, hair loss, weight gain, muscle atrophy, low energy levels, insomnia, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, and anxiety. In many cases, hormone imbalances can occur with expected changes in the lifespan, such as menopause and andropause.
Following lab testing, a trained physician will review your results to determine if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is necessary for you. In some cases, BHRT may not be necessary; however lifestyle and environmental factors may change this need over time, so routine testing, along with a preventive health lifestyle is recommended to keep hormones balanced and maintain optimal health.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
- Q. What are bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Who needs bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)?
- Q. When should I consider bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. What is the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones?
- Q. What are the ingredients of bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Why do women need hormones before, during and after menopause?
- Q. Why do men need testosterone replacement?
- Q. How long until I see results using bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Are bioidentical hormones approved and regulated by the FDA?
- Q. What makes BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians experts in bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. Why don't traditional doctors prescribe bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Do I need a prescription for bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. What can I expect once I've become a patient?
- Q. My sex drive is low, could it be my hormones?
- Q. Will my weight change from bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. What is pellet therapy?
- Q. What is a compounding pharmacy?
- Q. Will you prescribe me vitamins and supplements?
- Q. Will you take over as my doctor?
- Q. Will this treatment interfere with my currently prescribed medications?
- Q. Do I need to take these hormones forever?
- Q. What are the side effects associated with bioidentical hormones?
- Q. My doctor has prescribed birth control pills for me, are they considered hormone therapy?
- Q. What is the Women's Health Initiative?
- Q. Do bioidentical hormones cause breast cancer?
- Q. What is the best age to consider bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. If I have a family history of cancer, should I avoid bioidential hormones?
- Q. How long after being cancer free can I use bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Is estrogen therapy linked to increased risk of heart attack and breast cancer?
- Q. Can BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians use lab work I have already had done?
- Q. Can I have my own doctor do the labs so that it will be covered under my insurance?
- Q. If I decide to start on a bioidentical hormone therapy program, how much will it cost?