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Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Specialist

Silvergate Medical Center and Medical Spa

Edit Hegyi, MD, PhD

Primary Care, Anti-Aging, & Functional Medicine located in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA

Losing hormones with age is natural, but the resulting problems with sleep, cognition, metabolism, and sexual functioning can come as an unwelcome surprise. At Silvergate Medical Center and Medical Spa in San Diego, California, Edit Hegyi, MD, PhD, can restore balance among your hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement (BHRT). To find out how the treatment works and if it can help you, call Silvergate Medical Center and Medical Spa, or book a consultation online today.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement?

Bioidentical hormone replacement (BHRT) is a treatment targeting to restore hormonal balance. 

The most common hormonal imbalance occurs around menopause and andropause. Hormonal imbalances however may also occur at an earlier age, resulting for example in difficulties to conceive or suffering from premenstrual tension syndrome.

At Silvergate Medical Center and Medical Spa, Dr. Hegyi promotes bioidentical hormones for replacement as opposed to synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones are less likely to cause side effects or complications because the human body possesses the enzymes to metabolize them naturally.

When and why should women consider bioidentical hormone replacement?

Both men and women lose hormones with age. Estrogen and progesterone levels begin to fluctuate during a period called perimenopause. Perimenopause can bring about a wide range of signs and symptoms, often including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Vaginal dryness
  • A lack of interest in sex
  • Mental fogginess
  • Weight gain
  • Mood fluctuations
  • Memory loss
  • Painful intercourse
  • Low energy throughout the day

There are a few additional considerations for BHRT. Estrogen provides bone density protection and estrogen replacement has been shown to lower the incidence of dementia in older patients.

When should men consider bioidentical hormone replacement?

Menopause may happen to women, but your sex hormones decline with age if you’re a man too. There are many symptoms associated with low testosterone that can lead you to consider bioidentical hormone replacement, including:

  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle loss
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Memory problems

If symptoms like these disrupt your life or lower your confidence, you may wish to consider bioidentical hormone replacement as treatment. Dr. Hegyi can help you decide if bioidentical hormones are the right treatment for you.

How should I take my bioidentical hormones?

There are several ways to take bioidentical hormones regardless of your gender. Dr. Hegyi helps you choose a method that you can take consistently.

When prescribing bioidentical hormones, Dr. Hegyi gives you the lowest possible dose to treat your symptoms without causing side effects. She also helps you take the hormones for the least amount of time possible, so you can get back to focusing on more important parts of your life. 

To explore bioidentical hormone replacement for yourself or a loved one, call Silvergate Medical Center and Medical Spa, or book an appointment online today. Couples are welcome to book joint BHRT appointments.