Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Specialist

Miami Center for Holistic Healing

Functional Medicine located in Miami, FL

Even a small hormonal imbalance can seriously disrupt your mood, metabolism, and sleep cycles, but bioidentical hormone replacement can help. Board-certified family physician Nancy Eklund, MD, and the team at Miami Center for Holistic Healing offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at their clinic in Miami, Florida. To find out how bioidentical hormone replacement can improve your overall well-being, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Hormones serve as your body’s internal communication system. They regulate most major bodily functions, so an imbalance can cause an array of symptoms. When this occurs, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help restore your hormones to their optimal levels.

Bioidentical hormones are hormones made from plant sources that are chemically identical to the ones your body produces naturally. Because of this, your body can’t tell the difference between natural hormones and bioidentical ones. 

How do I know if I have a hormonal imbalance?

The team at The Miami Center for Holistic Healing treats hormone imbalances in men and women. Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include:

  • Reduced sex drive 
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Depression, irritability, and anxiety
  • Changes in appetite
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Increased body fat
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Thin or brittle hair
  • Hot flashes 
  • Night sweats
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering

Women experience a variety of symptoms that don’t apply to men, including vaginal dryness that may cause pain during sex.

What causes hormonal imbalances?

Everyone goes through natural periods of hormonal fluctuations or imbalance at various points in life. Women experience fluctuating hormone levels in the months and years before menopause, known as perimenopause. After menopause, a woman’s hormone levels decrease dramatically. 

Men also naturally produce lower amounts of hormones as they age. However, certain conditions can cause hormonal imbalances to happen earlier in life, such as:

  • Being overweight
  • Having an underactive or overactive thyroid
  • Having diabetes
  • Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation for cancer treatment

Lifestyle factors, including poor diet and nutrition, may also lead to hormonal imbalance in men and women. 

What should I expect from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

First, your Miami Center for Holistic Healing provider carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. They may test your blood or other bodily fluids to measure your hormone levels and find out if you have an imbalance. 

Then the team at The Miami Center for Holistic Healing develops a personalized BHRT plan tailored to your needs. Bioidentical hormones come in various forms, including:

  • Topical creams and gels
  • Oral medications
  • Subdermal implants

The expert team helps you decide which BHRT method is best for you. 

To find out if you’re a good candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement, call The Miami Center for Holistic Healing, or book an appointment online today.