Hormone Replacement Therapy

Soho Antiaging

Anti-Aging Specialists located in Panorama City, CA & Bakersfield, CA

Both men and women experience a decline in hormones as they age or because of health conditions. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help stabilize your hormone levels and resolve uncomfortable side effects. As some of the top preventive and wellness practitioners in Southern California, Soheila Torabi, MD and Nana Barseghian, MD can help find a solution that works for you, including bioidentical hormones. Book your appointment at Soho Antiaging in Panorama City, Bakersfield, or Beverly Hills, California, by calling your most convenient office or by scheduling online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

Why would I need hormone replacement therapy?

As a woman, you may need hormone replacement therapy because your estrogen level starts plummeting during menopause. This can increase your risk of osteoporosis and cause uncomfortable symptoms for most women.

For men, hormone replacement therapy restores testosterone that naturally declines as you age, although not all men experience symptoms with low testosterone. You might need hormone replacement therapy if you experience:

  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Hot flashes
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Hair loss
  • Mood swings

For women, hormone replacement therapy can also help improve vaginal dryness issues and pain during intercourse.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are among the most advanced and effective types of hormone replacement therapy. Though made in a lab, bioidentical hormones come from natural sources, like yams or soy, which are known to mimic your body’s natural hormones.

Because of this, bioidentical hormones are the “gold standard” for hormone replacement therapy. After all, your body shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between bioidentical hormones and hormones naturally produced in your body.

How do I take bioidentical hormones?

Dr. Torabi and Dr. Barseghian offer many different formularies for hormone replacement therapy and bioidentical hormones.

You might need several different types of treatments, depending on your symptoms and severity of your hormonal imbalance. Part of your treatment plan may include taking oral hormone medications. But you might also benefit from:

  • Topical ointments or gels
  • Pellets, patches, or injections
  • Vaginal rings or suppositories

In most cases, hormone replacement treatments start working rather quickly, so you don’t have to live another day with uncomfortable or embarrassing side effects.

Is hormone replacement therapy safe?

Yes. Dr. Torabi and Dr. Barseghian monitor your hormone levels by regularly checking your blood. Your treatment is tailored to your specific needs and may change occasionally based on your lab results.

It’s common to experience some initial minor side effects, such as fluid retention, while your body is adjusting to more stable hormone levels. But side effects usually resolve within a short time frame and are much less bothersome than issues that stem from abnormal hormone levels.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of a hormone imbalance, schedule an appointment at Soho Antiaging to see if you’re a candidate for hormone replacement therapy.