Women's Wellness & Healthcare Clinic
Ricardo Castillon, MD
OB/GYN located in Laredo, TX
A decline in hormone levels is a normal part of the aging process for women. Unfortunately, this reduction also causes symptoms that may disrupt your daily life. Dedicated to helping you feel your best, Ricardo Castillon, MD, and the team at Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic in Laredo, Texas, offer hormone replacement therapy to optimize hormone levels and alleviate symptoms. To schedule your hormone therapy consultation, call the office or request an appointment online.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A
What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Bioidentical hormone therapy, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) refers to replacement treatments using the same forms of estrogen and progesterone that the body makes naturally. At Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic, the team specializes in treating the problems women experience as hormone imbalances occur. They are experts in the field of bioidentical hormone therapy with FDA-approved, bioidentical hormone products.
What are the advantages of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Conventional hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, primarily uses synthetic, laboratory-derived hormones. Because of the mass-produced, artificial nature of the product, there are drawbacks to conventional HRT that don’t apply to bioidentical hormone therapy.
Hormones used in conventional HRT may not be biocompatible, meaning they can actually have a slightly different molecular structure from those made naturally by the body.
Bioidentical hormones are refined mainly from plant sources and have an identical chemical structure as the hormones your body produces naturally, ensuring effectiveness as well as safety.
Why would I need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Bioidentical hormones are most often used to treat the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. While some women find that they experience few if any problems in the years leading up to menopause (perimenopause), the large majority of women struggle with any number of uncomfortable and distressing problems, such as:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Irritability and/or depression
- Loss of libido
- Weight gain, especially around the middle or torso
- Thinning hair and dry skin
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful intercourse
For many women, symptoms like these can occur many years before periods stop on their own. Treatment with FDA-approved bioidentical hormones is a very effective and safe treatment when used correctly by an experienced provider.
Everyone’s experience with hormone replacement therapy is different, but most people report an improvement in symptoms within four weeks of their treatment. It may take up to six months before you reach full hormonal optimization.
Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your symptoms and hormone levels, and adjust your treatment plan as needed.
To learn more about hormone replacement therapy and how it can help you, contact Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic by phone or book an appointment online today.