Throughout your life, it is normal to experience hormonal imbalances at some point. Whether from illness, stress, age, or another factor, you have a couple of different options to restore harmony within your body. You know you can choose conventional hormone replacement therapy, but you want a more natural solution. Bioidentical hormones may be an option for you. It is normal to be concerned about potential side effects when choosing any treatment, but there is no need to worry because the risk for complications is minimal.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Hormones are used throughout your body to help it function correctly. Glands produce special hormones to send messages to other parts of your body. This allows you to perform just about every task, from growing to digesting food. They are also needed for your quality of life, such as influencing your mood or energy level.
It is normal for some hormone levels to become imbalanced throughout your life, especially as you age. When this occurs, the conventional treatment is to take synthetic hormones that are created in a laboratory. Although they are deemed safe and effective, they are not natural and can cause side effects, such as thinning hair or weight gain.
As an alternative, you can choose bioidentical hormones. These are man-made hormones that are derived from naturally occurring substances catering to your specific needs. As a result, they closely align with what your body produces naturally. This allows them to be absorbed and used similarly to those that your body makes on its own.
What are the Side Effects of Bioidentical Hormones?
Now, bioidentical hormones are widely used throughout the U.S., especially among women who are in menopause. They are available in a variety of forms, including pills, patches, gels, and creams. Your physician determines which hormones you need after an initial consultation and establishes the correct dosage.
The FDA has approved the use of bioidentical hormones after testing them for safety. Generally, specific hormones do not produce unwanted side effects. If there is an adverse reaction, it usually occurs after a change in dosage or from mixing certain hormones. As a result, the issue can be resolved quickly without causing any lingering complications.
Common side effects you may experience can include:
- Weight gain
- Blurred vision
- Increased facial hair in women
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
Typically, these side effects will not last. If they do not go away or become too difficult to manage, it is best to call your healthcare provider.
Are Bioidentical Hormones Right for Me?
If you are ready for a natural approach to improving your well-being, it is best to contact your healthcare provider to see if bioidentical hormones are right for you.
About Dr. Connie Casad
Dr. Connie Casad is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She strives to provide her patients with natural solutions to look and feel their best. If you are feeling run down, gaining weight without cause, or suffering from another issue, she offers bioidentical hormones for both men and women. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation to improve your quality of life.