All About Bio-Identical Hormones

Bio-identical hormones are being discussed more and more throughout doctors’ offices across the country.

What Are Bio-Identical Hormones?

Bio-identical hormones are man-made hormones that can mimic the hormones naturally produced in the human body.

These are commonly used as a means to treat hormonal imbalances in men and women.

What Hormones Are Matched?

Some of the most common hormones which are created to match those which should be naturally occurring in the body are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

Why Are Bio-Identical Hormones Used?

For men and women who may be experiencing a reduction in certain hormones, bio-identical hormones can help to address the side effects that may occur as a result of this hormonal drop.

Bio-identical hormones can help alleviate these symptoms including the following:

  • Sleep issues
  • Low energy
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during sex
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Low libido
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Memory loss or fogginess

How Do You Receive Bio-Identical Hormones?

There are many ways that you can receive bio-identical hormones.

Some delivery methods include the following:

  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Shots
  • Pellets

You should speak with your doctor to decide the best bio-identical hormone delivery method and dosage for your individual needs.

How Safe Are Bio-Identical Hormones?

The FDA has approved bio-identical hormones for safety.

Moreover, there are strict guidelines surrounding bio-identical hormones in order to ensure safe usage.

It is important to note, however, that there has been no FDA testing surrounding compounded hormones and thus these have not been proven as safe or unsafe.

What are the Risks/Side Effects?

There may be some risk for women receiving bio-identical hormones for blood clots, stroke, and gallbladder disease.

Additionally, common side effects may include weight gain, vision issues, sleepiness, acne, increase facial hair growth, headache, breast tenderness, spotting, or cramping, among others.

If you are experiencing any negative side effects, you should call your doctor immediately.

Bio-Identical Hormone Consultations

If you are interested in learning more about bio-identical hormones, call Dr. Singh today at (703)359-4842.