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Massachusetts Bioidentical Hormone Treatment

When your hormone levels drop or become imbalanced, your appetite, mood, immune system, and libido could be impacted. Even a slight hormone imbalance can have a significant effect on your overall health and quality of life. If you are experiencing chronic symptoms, Massachusetts bioidentical hormone treatment administered by a Connecticut doctor could help you regain optimal wellness. Reach out to an experienced doctor today to learn more.

What Is Bioidentical Hormone Treatment?

Bioidentical hormone treatment in Massachusetts can be administered to both men and women when their hormone levels become imbalanced or drop. This therapy is most often used to alleviate symptoms of menopause and perimenopause as well as those stemming from cancer treatment. Additionally, it can treat disorders such as:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thyroid and adrenal conditions
  • Insulin resistance

Bioidentical hormones are made from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to the ones naturally produced by the human body. Traditional hormone treatment is made from the urine of pregnant horses or other synthetic components and may cause more health problems. Progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone are some of the most frequently replicated hormones used in bioidentical treatment.

While some bioidentical hormones are manufactured by drug companies, others known as compounded bioidentical hormones are custom made by a pharmacy lab under a physician’s orders. Compounding generally involves the alteration or combining of ingredients to meet the health needs of a particular patient.

Taking Bioidentical Hormones

When a Massachusetts patient begins treatment, Dr. Edward Jacobson may prescribe one of several forms of bioidentical hormones. For instance, these hormones are available in injections, creams, patches, gels, and implanted pellets. The physician would speak with an individual before starting treatment to assess which form would be best for their specific health needs and lifestyle.

Dr. Jacobson would monitor a patient after they start bioidentical hormone treatment to assess their body’s response. Regular blood and saliva tests to monitor hormone levels may be required, and the doctor would make any necessary adjustments to dosage as needed.

Risks and Side Effects

The FDA has approved certain preparations of bioidentical progesterone and estradiol but has not yet approved compounded bioidentical hormones. While many patients report a noticeable improvement after beginning bioidentical hormone treatment, some may experience side effects. These side effects could include:

  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Acne
  • Bloating
  • Increased female facial hair growth

Bioidentical hormone treatment could increase a patient’s risk for developing certain diseases and conditions such as stroke, heart disease, gallbladder disease, breast cancer, and blood clots. Some patients cannot take bioidentical hormones or any form of hormone replacement. As such, it is vital to speak with a qualified healthcare professional before starting treatment to discuss the pros and cons based on individual medical histories and circumstances.

Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Treatment

Bioidentical treatment is often prescribed when someone’s hormone levels drop with age, especially for women who are experiencing menopause or perimenopause. The treatment is frequently used to increase hormone levels that have dropped and improve moderate to serious symptoms of menopause.

This therapy could alleviate menopausal symptoms such as night sweats, mood changes, hot flashes, weight gain, memory loss, and loss of interest in or discomfort during intercourse.

Bioidentical hormone treatment could also reduce patients’ risk for tooth loss, cataracts, and diabetes. Studies have shown that the treatment could improve skin elasticity, hydration, and thickness as well as reduce wrinkles. Bioidentical hormone treatment has also been shown to heighten the overall quality of life and well-being of individuals with cancer whose treatment impacts their estrogen levels.

Schedule a Consultation for Massachusetts Bioidentical Hormone Treatment

Massachusetts bioidentical hormone treatment could help individuals who are experiencing symptoms associated with low or imbalanced hormone levels. Find out more about bioidentical hormone treatment and whether it could be right for you. Call our Connecticut office today to arrange a consultation with a qualified physician.