Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Vishaal Veerula, M.D. -  - Integrative Medicine Physician

Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine

Vishaal Veerula, M.D.

Integrative Medicine Physician & Internist located in Fort Wayne, IN

Out-of-balance hormone levels cause symptoms like weight gain, low energy, poor libido, and memory problems in both men and women. These aren’t issues to just tolerate as you get older or because of your sex. You can restore your body's natural balance with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offered by board-certified internist and integrative regenerative medical specialist Vishaal Veerula, MD, of Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine. Members of the Fort Wayne, Indiana, community should call the office or request an appointment online to learn how bioidentical hormone therapy can greatly improve your quality of life.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are a natural alternative to traditional, chemical, or animal-derived hormones used in hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant ingredients, such as soybeans or yams. They directly match hormones produced by your body on a molecular level.

The natural replacement hormones resolve symptoms related to hormonal imbalances or decreased hormone production that often accompanies aging.

Unlike traditional hormone therapy, bioidentical hormones can be customized in a way that matches your body’s needs. Bioidentical hormones include testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, and DHEA – an adrenal precursor to testosterone that’s often recommended for women and men.

Am I a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Adults who are experiencing the “common” signs of aging, such as weight gain and low energy, may really be suffering from a hormone imbalance. 

As you get older, you don’t always produce the hormones necessary to keep your body functioning properly. The glands that produce hormones age, just like other organs in your body, and slow down production.

Signs that you may have a hormonal imbalance include:

  • Loss of libido
  • Fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Problems with sleep
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Mood changes and foggy thinking
  • Weight gain
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse 
  • Weight gain and loss of muscle mass

Men may experience these symptoms during andropause, which occurs as they age, and their hormone levels drop, and women during perimenopause and menopause. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may also be appropriate for patients whose hormones are out of balance due to a medical condition or for women in the postnatal period.

How are bioidentical hormones administered?

Before Dr. Veerula prescribes bioidentical hormones, he performs blood, urine, saliva, and blood spot testing to evaluate your hormone status.

If Dr. Veerula determines bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is for you, he offers the bioidentical hormones in the form of creams, injections, and pellets for both men and women. Pellets are administered under your skin as time-released hormones.

He adjusts the dose according to your symptoms and needs, keeping it to the minimum required to achieve your health goals.

Don’t continue to suffer the symptoms of hormone imbalance. Call the office or request an appointment online today to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.