Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Gershon Pain Specialists

Bioidentical Hormone Specialists & Pain Management Specialists located in Virginia Beach, VA

As your body cycles through its natural phases, sometimes it’s necessary to support your health with extra hormones. With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, you feel better, younger, and more vibrant. To have a personalized consultation with a specialist, visit Steven Gershon, M.D. at Gershon Preventative Medicine, a branch of Gershon Pain Specialists. Serving patients in Virginia Beach, Virginia the practice combines holistic treatment regimens with cutting-edge technology to help patients restore their hormone levels and feel their best once again. Call the office or book an appointment online to get started.

Bioidentical Hormones Q & A

Gershon Pain Specialists

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Hormones control virtually all of your bodily functions, including your reproductive, immune, and metabolic systems. When hormone levels decline from age, illness, childbirth, genetics, or other causes, you lose energy, vitality, and health.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) utilizes naturally occurring plant compounds that can mimic the effects of human hormones. With BHRT, the chemical structure of the hormones is identical to those produced by the human body.

Hormone replacement therapy can replenish the hormones that your body already produces and balance key areas that affect your health, mood, and energy levels.

The team at Gershon Preventative Medicine tests for various male and female hormones and are experts in determining which hormones to replace, how much to replenish, and how to adjust these hormones to have a synergistic effect on your body. The practice uses BHRT in the form of oral pills or creams to achieve this, and they may offer injections in rare cases.

Combined with vitamins, diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help you feel and function better.

How can bioidentical hormone replacement therapy benefit women?

Historically, women have had difficulty with older versions of hormone replacement therapy. The introduction of BHRT has changed everything, creating an alternative option that provides relief from the unpleasant side effects of low estrogen levels, such as:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hair loss or thinning hair
  • Sleep problems
  • Urinary issues
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Painful intercourse
  • Night sweats

In addition to symptom relief, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can also help you achieve improved muscle function and protect against osteoporosis.

How can bioidentical hormone replacement therapy benefit men?

Most men experience a sharp decline in testosterone as they age. Testosterone, while essential for sexual development and reproductive function, is also critical for maintaining good health, as it’s necessary for the following:

  • Bulking up muscles
  • Managing red blood cell levels
  • Improving bone density

Testosterone therapy is believed to be beneficial in many ways, including:

  • Reducing risk for Type 2 diabetes
  • Battling fatigue
  • Aiding in weight loss
  • Improving sexual desire

Many testosterone clinics only check testosterone levels and prescribe minimal amounts of hormone therapy using 1.62% testosterone. But the providers at Gershon Preventative Medicine go a step further by thoroughly testing for all male and female hormones. Their goal is for men to attain testosterone levels in the upper limits of normal, which necessitates treatment with 20% testosterone.

Whichever type of hormone replacement therapy you choose, the team at Gershon Preventative Medicine -- a branch of Gershon Pain Specialists -- can help you make an informed decision and restore hormonal balance to your body. Call the office to book a consultation or click the button to schedule it online.