Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Specialist
Genesis Natural Medicine Center
Integrative Oncology & Naturopathic Medicine located in Tucson, AZ
Both men and women experience a decline in production of sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen, as they get older, resulting in symptoms that can be intolerable. The health specialists at Genesis Natural Medicine Center in Tucson, Arizona, offer bioidentical hormone replacement, a natural form of hormone therapy, to restore hormone balance and relieve symptoms. To schedule a consultation to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement, contact the office by phone or online today.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Q & A
What is bioidentical hormone replacement?
Bioidentical hormone replacement is a natural form of hormone replacement therapy. These hormones, which include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are created from food sources, such as yam or soy, and have the same structure and function as the hormones in your body.
Conventional hormone replacement therapy contains synthetic forms of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These synthetic hormones are similar to the hormones your body makes. However, the synthetic hormones have been chemically altered and affect the tissues in your body differently than bioidentical hormones. For example, synthetic estrogen may stay in your body longer and get stored in your tissue.
What are the symptoms of sex hormone imbalance?
Though it’s most often associated with women, both men and women experience a decline in sex hormones (testosterone in men and estrogen in women) as they get older. An imbalance in your sex hormones can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms, which are similar in men and women.
Symptoms that may indicate an imbalance in sex hormones include:
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Difficulty concentrating
Changes in your hormone levels also increase your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Am I a good candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement?
The team at Genesis Natural Medicine Center offers hormone therapy for both men and women. They determine if you’re a good candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement during a consultation. During your consultation, the team obtains detailed information about your symptoms, medical and family history, and diet and lifestyle habits.
The team then performs a physical exam and conducts diagnostic testing to assess your hormone levels to determine if they’re responsible for your symptoms.
Though bioidentical hormone replacement can alleviate your symptoms, it may not be the first approach the team at Genesis Natural Medicine Center uses to relieve your symptoms. The team may first suggest diet and lifestyle changes and the addition of specific herbal treatments before turning to bioidentical hormone replacement.
Why is bioidentical hormone replacement better?
In addition to relieving your symptoms, bioidentical hormone replacement carries fewer risks than conventional hormone replacement therapy. Studies indicate that natural hormone therapy may reduce the risk of breast cancer and protect against cervical cancer.
To schedule a consultation with the compassionate team to determine if you would benefit from bioidentical hormone therapy, contact Genesis Natural Medicine Center by calling the office or selecting the online booking button.