Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

OptiHealth Institute: Eric C. Nager, MD

Anti-Aging, Functional, & Regenerative Medicine located in Baltimore, MD

If you’re experiencing uncomfortable side-effects associated with the natural aging process, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) provides a safe and effective treatment option that can improve your energy levels and quality of life. At OptiHealth Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, Eric C. Nager, MD, a Board-Certified Anti-Aging, Functional, and Regenerative Medicine expert, regularly prescribes BHRT to both men and women. To receive your personalized care plan, make an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or BHRT is a Functional Medicine treatment designed to minimize uncomfortable side-effects associated with the natural aging process as a result of a reduction in the hormones estrogen, testosterone, or progesterone.

Instead of using synthetic hormones like traditional hormone therapy, BHRT uses natural hormones derived from plants that mimic those found in your body. Upon introducing the hormone to your body, it restores balance and vitality. 

What are some of the symptoms associated with a hormonal imbalance?

Hormonal imbalances affect everyone differently. Some people experience constant discomfort, while others only experience symptoms on occasion. Common telltale signs of a hormonal imbalance include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle loss
  • Low libido
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Memory loss

Hormonal imbalance in men can also cause erectile dysfunction, and in women, vaginal atrophy.

Are there different types of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

At OptiHealth Institute, Dr. Nager offers several types of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. During your initial consultation, he asks you questions about your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and conducts a physical exam.

Dr. Nager also orders blood, saliva, and urine tests to obtain an accurate picture of your hormone levels. After gathering this information, he develops a treatment plan. Instead of using a subscription model for care like some physicians, Dr. Nager creates a personalized approach that aligns with your individual needs; this might include:

  • Oral hormone supplements
  • Transdermal hormone patches or creams
  • A series of hormone injections
  • Implanted hormone pellets 

Dr. Nager also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for sexual wellness, which he can combine with BHRT.

Is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy safe?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is safe and well-tolerated. However, in the first few weeks or months of treatment, you may experience side-effects as your body begins to adjust. 

Dr. Nager monitors your progress throughout treatment and can address any side-effects that occur.

To achieve the best possible results from BHRT, make sure to follow Dr. Nager’s instructions carefully. You should also attend all of your follow-up appointments. 

Am I a good candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Dr. Nager determines whether BHRT is right for you during your consultation at OptiHealth Institute. Most people who experience uncomfortable side-effects of aging qualify, but not everyone. This is particularly true if you have a chronic medical condition like heart disease.

If you’re interested in learning more about treatment with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, make an appointment at OptiHealth Institute by calling the office or booking online today.