Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Essential Medical Care

Family Medicine & Pain Management located in College Park, GA

At Essential Medical Care, family medicine physician Vickie James, MD, offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy by Biote® to manage the symptoms of menopause, perimenopause, and low testosterone. If you suffer from a hormone deficiency or imbalance, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can balance your body’s hormone levels and relieve uncomfortable side effects like hot flashes, weight gain, and irritability. Call the office in College Park, Georgia, or book an appointment online today.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q&A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) provides a safe and effective way to treat fluctuations in your hormone levels caused by menopause, perimenopause, or low testosterone.

At Essential Medical Care, Dr. James also uses BHRT to treat medical conditions like:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Insulin resistance

Bioidentical hormones aren’t produced by your body. Instead, they’re taken from all-natural sources like plants. Bioidentical hormones act just like the hormones your body creates. As a result, they have fewer side effects and are considered safer than traditional hormone replacement therapy.

Who can benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

You might benefit from BHRT if you’re experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, perimenopause, or low testosterone, including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Mood changes
  • Loss of libido
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability

If you experience these or similar symptoms, and they don’t improve with lifestyle changes like eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of sleep, make an appointment with Dr. James right away.

Following a physical exam, a discussion of your symptoms, and a series of lab tests, she can determine the source of your discomfort. Once she knows what’s causing the hormone imbalance, she can make treatment recommendations to help you feel better.

What does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy involve?

BHRT involves taking specific hormones, like estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone, to restore balance to your body. Hormone replacement therapy comes in patches, injections, topical gels and creams, and pills.

The delivery system that will most benefit you will depend on many things, including your age, what’s causing your hormone imbalance, and how severe your symptoms are. Following a physical exam and discussing your symptoms, Dr. James can make recommendations that align with your needs.

Is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy safe?

Yes. BHRT is safe and usually well-tolerated. You can experience mild acne, bloating, and/or fatigue during the first weeks of treatment. Once your body adjusts to the new hormone levels, these symptoms should go away.

To learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, make an appointment at Essential Medical Care by calling the office or booking online today.