Bioidentical Hormone Therapy in Baltimore, MD

Low energy. Low Sex Drive. Mild depression and/or irritability. Weight Gain. Trouble Sleeping. All of these symptoms affecting your quality of life may indicate a hormone imbalance.  Hormone imbalance can be caused by many factors including inflammation, aging, poor intestinal health, and other underlying health complications. At Belcara Health, we utilize a food first approach to healing, as we uncover the root of your hormonal imbalances in order to treat the cause (not just the symptom). Among the many tools in our arsenal to optimize your hormonal health, we utilize bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). As local “BHRT” specialists, our practitioners can evaluate and determine whether or not BHRT is the appropriate tool to elevate your health and significantly improve your overall wellbeing.

Why Are Hormones Important?

Hormones play a significant role in how our bodies function. Fluctuations in our hormones can negatively impact how we look, feel and perform. There are a variety of factors that can create hormone imbalance, including:

  • Natural Aging – our bodies’ production of hormones declines as we age. This is most commonly seen for women in menopause and for men in andropause.
  • Adrenal dysfunction and thyroid disease
  • Metabolic syndromes, such as diabetes
  • Environmental toxins – parabens, the preservatives that are found in plastics and in our everyday items such as shampoo and make-up, are hormone imitators that get transferred into our bodies through our skin
  • Dietary toxins – Contamination of our food supply with pesticides and artificial hormones in beef, chickens, pork, etc.

The hormone system in our bodies is delicate and must remain in a state of balance for you to feel your best. If just one hormone is out of “whack,” there can be a downstream effect that causes your other hormones to become imbalanced as well. This can cause a variety of symptoms that can range from unpleasant to debilitating, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Low energy
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of drive
  • Decreased sexual drive
  • Depression and mood changes
  • Insomnia
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory changes
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Skin sagginess or dryness

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

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Bioidentical hormones are created from natural plant sources, mostly yams and soybeans, and formulated to match the molecular structure of the hormones created by your body. They bind to your body’s hormone receptors in the exact same way as the hormones produced by your body.

In the past, certain synthetic hormones were used for this therapy. Unfortunately, the synthetic hormones had unintended side effects, including increased risk for heart disease, blood clots, strokes, and some cancers.

The bioidentical hormones we use today have identical properties, create the same effects, and produce the same body responses as the hormones naturally created in our bodies. Utilizing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can restore the balance your body needs, so you can look, feel and perform better.

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?

Treatment begins with a thorough evaluation and analysis of your current hormone levels (derived from extensive blood work), your symptoms, and your overall health condition. From this analysis, we will be able to determine the cause and devise a treatment for hormone imbalance. 

BHRT is a tool our functional medicine practitioner may recommend in order to assist in the healing process. Throughout your treatment, we will carefully monitor your progress and make adjustments to your therapy as needed.

If our medical team determines that hormonal therapy is the right treatment for you, we may use a variety of methods to administer the hormones, including pellets, pills, topicals, and injections. Your delivery method will depend upon the type of therapy you need and your preference. As an example, if you are given pellet treatment, your protocol may be as follows: pellets, about the size of a grain of rice, are implanted under the skin in the fatty tissue, to release small doses of hormones, mimicking the body’s natural hormone production. Pellets can last between 3 to 6 months and are completely dissolved before the next pellet is inserted. Insertions are virtually painless.

BHRT Hormone Therapy for Men

Men hit their peak testosterone levels in their late 20’s, with testosterone production slowly declining after that. The result is andropause, or male menopause. Low testosterone levels can result in depression, fatigue, irritability, frailty, sleep problems and decreased sexual drive. Hormone therapy for men – which can include testosterone replacement therapy – can balance your testosterone levels, significantly reduce these symptoms, and greatly improve your quality of life. Common outcomes are:

  • Mood stability, decreased irritability and depression
  • Increased sexual drive
  • More energy
  • Greater concentration and ability to focus
  • Better sleep

BHRT Hormone Therapy for Women

In women, hormone imbalances are common during monthly menstruation, perimenopause (which can occur in the 30’s), and menopause. In addition to reproductive-related changes, hormone imbalances can also be caused by thyroid disease, adrenal issues, stress, metabolic syndromes, environmental toxins, and smoking.

When estrogen, progesterone and testosterone production fluctuates, women may experience weight gain, mood changes, low energy, slower metabolism, hot flashes, insomnia, and decreased sex drive. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for women can reverse these symptoms and greatly improve quality of life in many ways, including:

  • Improved weight management
  • Better skin, hair, and nails
  • Less anxiety, depression, irritability, and stress
  • Improved sexual desire

This “hormone makeover” treatment can also decrease a woman’s risk for osteoporosis, dementia and heart disease, as estrogen contributes to maintaining bone mineral density. After menopause, women are at higher risk for bone density loss, partially because of the loss of estrogen levels.

Financing & Payment Options

Financing & Payment Options

Obtaining the funds for elective procedures and products can sometimes be difficult, especially in these challenging economic times. At Belcara Health, we have a dedicated financing department, designed to help you get the financing you need, for the procedures you want.

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Why Choose Belcara Health for BHRT?

If you are ready to improve your health, performance, and quality of life, we can help. Our Baltimore-based bioidentical hormone therapy  doctors are renowned for providing results that significantly improve our patients’ quality of life.  We will listen carefully to your concerns and goals, answer all your questions and help you make informed choices.

Exceptional patient care is the core of our philosophy at Belcara Health. Our goal is for you to feel as if you just received the best care possible and love your results. Located in a welcoming, sophisticated, luxurious facility, our 5-star services and staff provide an unparalleled experience. At each stage, we make every effort to surpass all your expectations. We are constantly upgrading our knowledge, technology, and services – and it shows. Our strong reputation and the trust of the community validates this commitment.

Consult an Expert to Learn More About BHRT Treatments

Contact us today to learn more about how our BHRT doctors in Maryland can help you achieve optimal health, performance, and overall wellness.

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