Bio-Identical Hormone replacement usually refers to the process of creating a patient specific regimen based on blood and/or saliva hormone testing. This type of intervention is most commonly used in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal women as well as men going through Andropause. It can also be used any time there is a hormone imbalance in women or men that is creating significant negative effect and cannot be corrected by nutritional and supplement interventions. Bio-Identical regimens may be all topical or a combination of topical and oral. Unlike traditional regimens the dosages are monitored and changed as needed based on patient response and follow up testing. Endless combinations of different hormone doses , that cannot be achieved with off the shelf regimens, are available when using Bio-Identical regimens.
In order to develop a regimen for a patient a detailed online questionnaire is filled out and there is in-depth discussion of symptoms and goals of treatment. A combination of blood work from standard labs as well as Saliva Testing from specialty labs is used initially and follow up blood work is done several times a year and Saliva testing yearly. Because lifestyle choices and other environmental factors affect an individual’s response to shifts in hormones Dr Rankin includes recommendations as it relates to nutrition, supplements, essential oils, and physical activity as it relates to hormonal interventions.
Is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for You?
Many factors can contribute to conditions and diseases that can occur at any stage in life, resulting from an imbalance of hormones:
- Adrenal fatigue
- Thyroid disease
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Sexual dysfunction
As a result of hormone imbalance related to these conditions, you may be experiencing one or a combination of what have become known as the classic symptoms of aging:
- Weight gain
- Limited energy
- Hair loss
- Low sex drive
- Mood swings
- Poor concentration
- Memory loss
If symptoms like these have begun to affect your quality of life, you could be a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.