Functional Medicine Doctor & Lifestyle Medicine located in Westlake Village, CA & Naples, FL
Your body relies on hormones for more than you might think — they control your mood, metabolism, sex drive, immune functioning, and more. At Vibrance Health, which has locations in Westlake Village, California, and Naples, Florida, integrative medicine specialist Darren Clair, MD, provides hormone therapy to treat hormone loss and imbalances. To consult Dr. Clair about your hormone levels, call Vibrance Health to request an appointment or book online today.
Hormone Therapy Q & A
What is hormone therapy?
Hormone therapy, or more specifically, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, is a treatment for hormonal imbalances that often come around middle age. During hormone therapy, Dr. Clair provides you with bioidentical hormones derived from plant sources that look and act exactly like the natural hormones that your body produces. He may give you your hormones in the form of:
- Skin patches
- Topical creams
Using hormone therapy, Dr. Clair can treat the underlying cause of your symptoms instead of the symptoms themselves. He prescribes exactly how to take your hormones to get the best possible results from your treatment.
When is hormone therapy necessary?
You may wish to undergo hormone therapy around middle age when your hormone levels diminish. Most often, women who are in perimenopause or menopause get hormone therapy to replace the estrogen and progesterone that they lose during these life transitions. However, men go through a similar period of hormone loss later in life and may seek hormone therapy to replace lost testosterone. Dr. Clair may also recommend hormone therapy as part of your treatment for:
- Thyroid disorders
- Adrenal disorders
Generally, if you notice symptoms of a hormone imbalance, and they start to affect your day-to-day life, hormone therapy may be an option for your treatment. Dr. Clair can evaluate you to determine whether or not hormone therapy is the right choice for you.
What are the symptoms of a hormone imbalance?
Hormone imbalances cause a wide variety of symptoms that can be difficult to link to your hormones if you don’t know what to look for. Hormone therapy can help ease these symptoms associated with hormone imbalances:
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair or hair loss
- Brittle nails
- Intense sugar and carb cravings
- Belly fat accumulation
- Vaginal dryness
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Low libido
- Sadness and depression
If you have several of these symptoms, and they get in the way of your ability to be productive and enjoy life, you should contact Vibrance Health for a thorough evaluation by Dr. Clair.
To learn more about hormone therapy and the symptoms it can treat, call Vibrance Health, or request your consultation online today.