Bio-Identical Hormone Balancing
Providing Hormone Replacement Therapy to Women of all Ages near Beverly Hills and Bel Air
Hormone imbalance is very common for women of all ages living near North Hollywood and Burbank. This imbalance can occur throughout a person’s life when hormone levels tend to fluctuate such as: puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and andropause. The key to restoring these levels is by first properly diagnosing the imbalances that are present and then introducing all natural Bioidentical Hormones to replenish and balance the body. The goal of each of our individualized bioidentical hormone therapy (bHRT) program for women is to improve your overall health and well-being, help you feel younger, look younger, prevent disease, and delay the aging process. Our biological age does not need to match our actual age as many women near Mission Hills and Sherwood Oaks look and feel much younger than the number of years actually lived.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate many different functions of our body systems. They are at optimal levels during the reproductive years and then begin to decline with age. Bioidentical Hormones are all natural and plant derived. They have the same chemical structure as the ones made in your body therefore, they are extremely safe and effective when properly prescribed and have many benefits to overall health. Many common health and emotional symptoms can be directly related to hormonal imbalance. Once bioidentical hormones are introduced into the body many symptoms generally ease away and women begin to feel a sense of themselves once again.
Common Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
- Mood swings
- Brain fog
- Decreased libido
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Decreased muscle mass
- Low energy
- Sleep disturbance
The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
The benefits of bioidentical hormone balancing is experienced are a result of restoring our natural sense of well-being. By keeping the hormone foundation restored and optimized, our immune system remains supported to reduce inflammation which can lead to health concerns and other diseases. This provides tremendous positive benefits for our brain, heart muscle, bones, and sleep. Bioidentical hormone balancing also helps maintain the mental and analytical edge while maintaining a cholesterol level, healthy weight and natural libido. Studies at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard University and many other prestigious research institutions have documented positive effects from Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
How Are Bio-Identical Hormones Administered?
There a several ways of administering bio-identical hormones for balancing, including pellets, injections, creams, and troches. We work with patients from Pasadena to Encino to determine the best solution for their lifestyle and needs.
About the size of a grain of rice, pellets are made up of bio-identical hormones that have been pressed or fused into very small solid cylinders. They provide sustained hormone levels throughout the day and last for approximately 3 to 6 months. Being more cardiac driven, the pellets are absorbed by your body based on its actual needs and are not time released. As a result, they eliminate the fluctuations that can occur with other delivery methods. This delivery method most closely mimics the actions of the body’s natural hormone release. Because pellets have been used since the 1930’s they have more data to support their use than any other method. Pellet insertion is quick, and virtually painless. A small area between the buttock and hip is sterilized and local anesthetic is injected just under the skin. A tiny nick is then made in the fatty area of the hip where the pellets are inserted underneath the skin. This incision is so tiny that there isn’t any need for sutures.
Injections usually involve weekly injections either administered here in our office or self-administered at home by the patient. They tend to have a roller coaster affect, where a patient can experience an immediate peak after the shot followed by a slow decline towards the end of the cycle. Some women may begin to feel run down towards the end of their cycle, and for others it isn’t an issue.
Creams can include a number of bio-identical hormones and are very customizable. When applied regularly, creams can provide a fairly consistent release of hormones. However, you need to remember to do this on a daily basis to maintain consistency. The biggest potential drawback to creams is the possibility of accidental transference. Applying the cream to areas of the body that won’t come into contact with others and proper hand washing can help prevent accidental transference.
Troches are small lozenges that dissolve in your mouth between the cheek and gum over a period of approximately 30 minutes. As they dissolve, hormones are gradually absorbed into the blood stream. Troches are usually taken once or twice each day.
What to Expect for Your Visit
Preliminary testing is done with either blood, saliva or both to determine hormone imbalances and is repeated every 3-6 months, depending upon physician recommendations. Once results are received, patients are seen by Dr. Kossari to formulate a customized treatment plan to address specific areas that need improvement. For women, whether pre or post menopausal, hormone replacement will reduce the symptoms associated with menstrual cycles and menopause that can consume your life and state of well-being. Each and every patient is unique, therefore; it is difficult to determine how long it will take to notice results in each patient. Some patients notice results very quickly, within a week, while others may need additional time and monitoring before experiencing remarkable results.
Request a Consultation:
To begin bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, you should talk to Dr. Kossari to review your symptoms, study your health records, conduct a blood test and a physical examination. If hormones are the culprit for your symptoms, we can talk to you about options for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. With an office in Mission Hills, we are conveniently located to Burbank, Bel Air, Santa Clarita, Castaic, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Glendale, Tarzana, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Bel Air, Reseda, Universal City, La Canada and Flintridge. For more personalized information on our Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, please request a consultation, or call us at (818) 365-1616.