Want to know if hormone replacement therapy is right for you?
Everything from melatonin production to your sex drive and hunger are controlled by your hormones. So, it’s safe to say that when your hormones are properly balanced you feel and look your best; however, if you experience symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, vaginal dryness, and hot flashes, you could very well be dealing with a hormonal imbalance. In order to restore balance, our Phoenix, AZ, integrative medicine doctor Dr. Kevin Chan may suggest lifestyle changes combined with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
What can cause hormonal imbalances?
This is the very first question we look to answer when you come into our practice here in Phoenix, AZ. After all, as integrative medicine specialists, Dr. Chan and his team focus on all elements of your life, from the mental and environmental to the physical, that could be impacting your hormones. We will ask you a variety of questions regarding your symptoms, lifestyle, and health and go through your detailed medical history to uncover possible causes.
From there, we will perform the appropriate tests to find out what could be causing your imbalance. Most women in their 40s and 50s attribute hormonal imbalances to menopause. While this is a common reason why women turn to us for hormone replacement therapy this isn’t the only reason. In fact, both men and women turn to us for hormonal imbalances caused by:
- Addison’s disease
- Cushing’s syndrome
- Nutritional deficiencies or a poor diet
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Blood sugar issues
- Toxin and heavy metal exposure
- Certain infections
From there, we will create a treatment plan that is based on the root cause of your hormone imbalances. This may include everything from meditation and improving gut health through dietary changes to prescribing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
What is BHRT?
Instead of placing synthetic hormones into the body, which can cause various unpleasant side effects, we take a holistic approach to balancing hormones naturally. We provide only bioidentical hormones, which are derived from plants. Bioidentical simply means that the body doesn’t know the difference between your own natural hormones produced by the body and these plant-derived hormones.
We offer a pellet system, which can be implanted under the skin to deliver hormones effectively for months on end without having to deal with pills or creams every day.
Hormonal imbalances can happen to both men and women of all ages. If you are experiencing symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, the integrative medicine team at Pineapple Health in Phoenix, AZ, can help. Call Dr. Chan at (480) 961-2366 to schedule a consultation.