When should I think about hormone optimization?
When should I think about hormone optimization?
All men, as well as women, start to see hormone levels decrease in their late 30’s. In most women, progesterone levels begin dropping dramatically in their mid twenties. In the typical man, hormones can start to decline in the mid to late 20′s. By age 35 the declining levels are sufficient enough that symptoms may be evident. By the 50’s and 60’s these changes become quite evident.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as:

  • large amounts of fat around the abdomen
  • moderate to severe fatigue
  • loss of sexual desire (libido)
  • loss of muscle mass
  • depression
  • loss of personal confidence
  • no sexual urge/or desire
  • can’t get to sleep, can’t stay asleep, or wake up tired

Contact our office for an appointment to see if your symptoms are related to a hormone imbalance. The best time to start replacing hormones is between the age 35 and 40. However, it is never too late to start.

How long does it take to notice an improvement in symptoms?
How long does it take to notice an improvement in symptoms?
Most patients begin noticing changes rather quickly. But to actually affect physiologic changes, where possible, it takes as much time as your body needs. Your commitment to getting healthier and feeling better, should last as long as you want the results to last. You need to replace hormones for the rest of your life. If this thought is a bit intimidating — consider that your father, mother, grandfathers and grandmothers had the same problem – however — they did not have the option that you have to correct it. Considering the significant positive effect on quality of life, the decision to “fix it” should be an easy one.
How much does a hormone replacement cost?
How much does a hormone replacement cost?
This depends on highly on which hormones are low and what your overall goals are. We will work with you to develop the most cost effective program to fit your individual needs and desires.
Will insurance pay for my treatment?
Will insurance pay for my treatment?
Unfortunately, we do not work with any insurance providers and will not file claims on your behalf.
Are there any side effects of hormone therapy?
Are there any side effects of hormone therapy?
When hormone levels are balanced correctly, there should be no negative side effects. If side effects do develop, we will be able to address them quickly and offer you the appropriate solution to balance your levels. This is why we routinely check your blood work and evaluate your symptoms.
Is hormone therapy safe?
Is hormone therapy safe?
Yes. There are numerous studies that have attested to not only safety but also the health value of healthy male and female hormone levels. That assumes treatment is done properly and monitored on a regular basis.
Will Hormone Replacement help my sex drive and function?
Will Hormone Replacement help my sex drive and function?
The short answer is yes.
Will the program interfere with my present medications?
Will the program interfere with my present medications?
Natural Hormone replacement treatments are not drugs and it is unlikely they will react with your medications. Be sure to discuss all of your medication conditions and current medications with the doctor prior to undergoing hormone replacement therapy. It is very likely and research has shown that many people no longer need antidepressants once their hormones are restored to a healthy level.
Is diet and exercise important?
Is diet and exercise important?
Establishing and maintaining good lifestyle practices of healthy diet, exercise and controlling stress are critical to optimal results from hormone therapy.
Where and how do I get my blood tested?
Where and how do I get my blood tested?
Our Doctors have contracts with several of the largest labs in the Country. We will arrange your lab testing convenient to where you live or work and results are usually available within 2 days. We also draw blood in our office.
What is the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones?
What is the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones?
The difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones is two fold. Unlike bioidentical hormones, synthetic, or conventional, hormones may be patented by pharmaceutical companies; therefore dosage varies only by milligrams dictated by your doctor, while the molecular structure of the prescribed hormone is the same for every single person on that drug. Additionally, synthetic hormones are not created structurally the same as human endogenous hormones, which often leads uncomfortable side effects. While synthetic hormones can mimic the effects of endogenous hormones on certain biological pathways, they rarely offer the same effectiveness at a deeper, molecular level.

Bioidentical hormones mimic the affinity of human endogenous hormones; therefore they are effective on more biological pathways, at all levels. Because bioidentical hormones are an exact structural replica of endogenous hormones, side effects are rarely observed, and in the event you do experience side effects, talk with your doctor—the dosage may simply need to be adjusted. The added benefit of bioidentical hormones is that each dose is tailored specifically for your needs, not simply what doses the pharmaceutical company offers (as is the case with synthetic hormones.)

How long until I see results using bioidentical hormones?
How long until I see results using bioidentical hormones?
Most patients begin feeling better within a few months of beginning the program, but some results may take a bit longer to achieve. You may begin to feel a difference within a matter of weeks, especially when it comes to sleep patterns and energy levels. Every patient has a different experience, but the end result is the same—a healthier and more balanced life.
Effective results don’t happen overnight, they evolve over time. Remember, it took some time for you to lose balance of your hormones, so it will take your body some time to recover. Consistency and compliance every step of the way will improve your results.
Is estrogen therapy linked to increased risk of heart attack and breast cancer?
Is estrogen therapy linked to increased risk of heart attack and breast cancer?
No, estrogen therapy does not increase risk of disease, including heart attack and breast cancer. This false impression began in 1991, when the very controversial Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) was halted due to increased incidence of chronic disease among subjects. This study used the synthetic hormone, Prempro, and subjects of the study were an average age of 63 years old. Meta-analyses following this study have shown that most of the subjects had pre-existing conditions that led to the development of disease during the study and that hormone therapy actually reduces the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases in women.
If I have a family history of cancer, should I avoid bioidential hormones?
If I have a family history of cancer, should I avoid bioidential hormones?
No. It is advisable and strongly encouraged that individuals who have a history of cancer be evaluated by a doctor. Your physician can analyze and interpret your hormone levels to better determine cancer risk and strategically devise a treatment plan to assist in disease prevention through advanced therapies, including bioidentical hormone therapy, nutritional guidance, and targeted supplement regimens.
What are Normal Levels of Testosterone?
What are Normal Levels of Testosterone?
Testosterone levels (also known as T levels) between 350ng/dL and 1000ng/dL are considered normal. The brain, pituitary gland, hypothalamus and the testicles work together to keep testosterone in this range. If testosterone levels are low, the brain signals the testicles to produce more. When testosterone levels are adequate, the brain signals the testicles to produce less. If one of these areas is not functioning properly it is likely to reduce testosterone production.
What health risks and issues do men face when they have low testosterone?
What health risks and issues do men face when they have low testosterone?
Low testosterone in the male body is the result of a disorder called hypogonadism. Testosterone affects bone mass, fat distribution, and muscle development. In addition, testosterone maintains energy levels, fertility, and sex drive.

More than a third of men over the age of 45 may suffer from testosterone deficiency. Men with common health issues such as diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure may be twice as likely to have low.

In addition, men with high cholesterol, prostate disease, and asthma also have a higher chance of having low testosterone than healthy men. Testosterone deficiency can occur at any stage in a man’s life — some at birth, some before puberty, some during adulthood.

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact us today to set up a consultation:

  • loss of muscle mass
  • rise in body fat
  • infertility and/or difficulty obtaining and maintaining an erection
  • lack of sexual appetite
  • loss of energy
  • irritability/mood swings
  • depression