Changes in your hormone levels as you get older can lead to a range of symptoms, from hot flashes to vaginal dryness. Steven R. Poliakoff, MD, with offices in South Miami and Miami Beach, Florida, takes an integrative and comprehensive approach to women’s health and offers bioidentical hormone replacement as an alternative method of restoring hormone balance to relieve your symptoms. To learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement from an experienced gynecologist, call the office today or request an appointment online.
Bioidentical hormone replacement is a more natural form of hormone therapy for women. They’re created from food, either yams or soy, and modified to mimic the actions of the hormones naturally found in your body.
Your hormones act as your body’s messenger system and tell your various organ systems what to do. When your hormone levels are out of balance, you may not feel quite like your usual self. Bioidentical hormone replacement restores your hormone levels naturally and helps you feel better.
Dr. Poliakoff determines if you’re a good candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement after a comprehensive evaluation, which includes a review of your symptoms, medical history, and a physical exam, as well as hormone testing to assess your levels.
Common symptoms that may indicate your hormones are out of balance include:
These symptoms commonly affect women as they approach menopause. However, you may also experience these symptoms or hormone imbalance at other times in your life, such as after childbirth.
In addition to hormone testing, Dr. Poliakoff performs a cancer risk assessment and genetic testing for cancer screening. Traditional hormone replacement therapy may increase your risk of breast cancer, and genetic testing may indicate if you’re at risk. Hormone replacement therapy isn’t recommended if you have a personal or family history of breast cancer.
Your bioidentical hormone replacement treatment is administered at the lowest possible dose for the shortest amount of time. Dr. Poliakoff may provide your hormone replacement as a pill, cream, or pellet. He may also be able to customize your dose of hormones to match your specific needs so you get the most effective relief from your symptoms.
While you’re receiving bioidentical hormone replacement, Dr. Poliakoff monitors you closely and adjusts your dose as needed based on your hormone levels and symptoms.
To learn more about bioidentical hormone therapy and how it can help you feel better, call Dr. Poliakoff’s office today or request an appointment online.