Hormone Optimization Therapy Specialist in San Ramon, CA
Hormone optimization is the process of taking hormones to optimize levels, resulting in enhanced well-being. Do you want to know if you have symptoms of a hormonal imbalance or deficiency? Then read the questions and answers below to find out which symptoms to look out for and how hormone optimization therapy can benefit you. Dr. Basem R. Farag, M.D. offers hormone optimization therapy at Golden State Medical Center. We are located at 2551 San Ramon Valley Blvd. Suite 108. San Ramon, CA 94583. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What are some of the signs and symptoms of Hormone Imbalance?
What is Hormone Optimization Therapy?
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
What Is the Difference Between Hormone Optimization Therapy (HOT) and Traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
What Should I Expect at the Hormone Optimization Therapy Visits?
Is Hormone Optimization Safe?
What Are the Benefits of Hormone Therapy?
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• Hair Loss
• Weight Gain
• Mood Changes
• Sexual Dysfunction
• Loss of Libido
• Difficulty Sleeping
• Loss of Muscle Mass
• Loss of Skin Texture
• Hot Flashes and/or Night Sweats
Hormone optimization is the process of evaluating the levels of hormones you have in your body and your symptoms to assess if your hormone levels are considered optimal. If the hormone levels are not what they should be, hormone optimization therapy is an option that uses bioidentical hormones to help restore hormone balance and improve overall hormone function. This kind of therapy will be personalized to each individual patient’s needs in order to ensure that they are able to receive the treatment that is best suited for them.
Bioidentical hormones are a bit like it sounds, biologically identical. These hormones are made in a lab but are engineered with plant sources as a base and are built to be identical to the hormones that are within your body. This makes it easier for your body to recognize these hormones and use them accordingly.
Specifically, bioidentical hormones are in the exact structure that fit into your cell’s receptors perfectly, causing ideal expression with no side effects. Conventional hormone replacement therapy uses estrogen from horse urine and then modifies it, so the drug company can patent the chemical.Therefore, thisartificial structure is not really like your natural estrogen, does not interact with your cell’s receptors optimally, and can cause unwanted health side-effects. Conventional Hormone replacement also uses progestins (instead of progesterone), which are completely synthetic and are not the same structure as the progesterone, that your body naturally makes. Progestins do not interact with your cell’s receptors the same way as bioidentical progesterone does. Progestins can have significant unwanted side-effects. Obviously, bioidentical testosterone is the same chemical structure as the testosterone that your body naturally makes and thus functions exactly the same as the testosterone that is made by your body. Conversely, the testosterone replacement of conventional HRT is not the same chemical structure of testosterone as what your body makes and does not interact with your cell’s receptors in the same way as your natural testosterone or bioidentical testosterone does.
First, you will fill out a health questionnaire. You will then meet with our hormone health specialist, our Nurse Practitioner. She will go over your health questionnaire and symptoms. She will explain to you if your symptoms may be caused by hormone imbalance. If she feels your symptoms may be related to hormone imbalance, she will recommend doing some blood work to help understand the cause of your symptoms. Once the blood work comes back the nurse practitioner will go over the results of the blood work with you. If there are obvious hormone imbalances, then she will recommend the types of treatment that will help balance and optimize the hormone levels so that you will feel much better. Blood labs will be done at regular intervals to monitor your health and for hormone optimization.
Bioidentical hormones have been used for a very long time with a good safety record. Because bioidentical hormones are the exact same chemical structure as what our body produces, there are less side effects than with traditional hormone replacement therapy. Frequent monitoring of hormone values and symptoms can help minimize any side effects of hormone imbalance.
Hormone optimization therapy has been designed to restore a person’s natural and optimum hormone levels to function at their best and feel fantastic. Hormone imbalance can occur at various times in a person’s life for distinct reasons. At Golden State Medical Center, we find the cause of the hormone imbalance and correct them. Benefits of hormone optimization therapy include weight management, better emotional control, increased mental clarity, improved memory, restoration of a healthy sex drive and stamina, and an increase in overall energy levels. Conditions that can be helped with hormone optimization therapy include menopause, andropause, perimenopause, post-menopause, diabetes, hypothyroidism, metabolic syndrome, low testosterone, PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), and adrenal stress.
Visit Golden State Medical Center for hormone optimization therapy to bring your natural hormones back into balance. We are located at 2551 San Ramon Valley Blvd. Suite 108. San Ramon, CA 94583. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online . We serve patients from San Ramon CA, Dublin CA, Blackhawk CA, Danville CA, Alamo CA, Diablo CA, Dougherty CA, Tassajara CA, Livermore CA, and Pleasanton CA.