Health problems, including a lack of energy, worse sleep, and a loss of strength, may all feel like an inevitable part of getting older, but there’s hope. These shifts in your body don’t result from some unstoppable aging force, but rather from a drop in hormones. At Behm Family Practice in Wexford, Pennsylvania, board-certified family medicine doctor John Behm, MD, provides bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) to balance men and women’s hormone levels and promote well-being. To schedule an appointment, call or click today.
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers, responsible for regulating just about every bodily function. You feel hungry because of hormones, but hormones also coordinate complex processes like growth, sexual development, and emotions. Because they’re so essential, hormonal imbalances can cause symptoms that can affect your entire body.
Both men and women experience a drop in hormones starting in middle age. You may think of this hormone drop as a part of menopause, and it’s true many candidates for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are women going through menopause. However, menopause is far from the only cause of hormonal imbalances. Men also experience symptoms from low testosterone, and hormonal imbalances can mean more than just a decrease in sex hormones (including testosterone and estrogen).
Depending on the hormone affected and the person’s gender, hormone imbalances can have many different symptoms. However, if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms and another condition can’t explain why, you may have a hormonal imbalance:
Because hormonal imbalances can affect you in so many different ways, Dr. Behm may recommend a blood or saliva test to see if your symptoms are the result of a hormonal imbalance or another condition. To treat hormonal imbalances, he recommends bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a treatment designed to balance hormone levels using synthetic hormones that are virtually the same as your body’s natural chemicals (“bioidentical”). When you balance your hormones, you’ll feel relief from many of your symptoms. Many patients describe feeling like themselves again after bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Bioidentical hormones come in several different forms, including creams, injections, pellets inserted under your skin, patches, and gels. Dr. Behm reviews your options and helps you select one that fits your needs and lifestyle. He also makes sure you take the lowest possible dose to balance your hormone levels and get you the results you’re seeking.
To find out more about how bioidentical hormone therapy can help you feel your best, call the office of Behm Family Practice or click today.