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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

Shine Health and Wellness

Family Medicine & Functional Medicine located in Pasadena, CA

Hormonal imbalances can wreak havoc on your health, but hormone replacement therapy (HRT) restores your body's natural balance. At Shine Health and Wellness in Pasadena, California, you can receive HRT to treat many hormonal concerns. Kimberley Shine, MD, provides individualized care to discover the source of your hormonal imbalance and develop a treatment plan that's right for you. To learn more about managing your hormones, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What are the symptoms of a hormone imbalance?

Hormonal imbalances can be difficult to diagnose. Many people assume their symptoms are due to stress, lack of exercise, or simply getting older.

It's true that an unhealthy lifestyle can affect your mood and energy levels. However, hormonal imbalances can affect a wide range of both men and women. Symptoms of hormone imbalance can include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in libido
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Men struggling with hormonal imbalances may also experience erectile dysfunction. Women may experience vaginal dryness or have difficulty becoming aroused.

What are some common causes of hormone imbalances?

Your body is controlled by a variety of hormones. These hormones help regulate your appetite, energy levels, libido, and more. Your body works hard to regulate your hormones and keep them balanced.

Hormonal imbalances can trigger short- and long-term side effects. Health issues that can cause hormonal imbalances include:

  • Thyroid disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Cancer
  • Allergic reactions
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic stress
  • Menopause
  • Exposure to toxins or pollutants

At Shine Health and Wellness, Dr. Shine helps her patients get to the root of their symptoms. She uses laboratory testing and in-depth physical exams to check for hormone imbalances and then develops a personalized treatment plan.

Lifestyle changes can help correct some hormonal imbalances and provide relief from frustrating symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may also help your body re-establish its natural balance.

What is HRT?

Hormone replacement therapy focuses on restoring the hormones your body is no longer producing. In her practice, Dr. Shine uses bioidentical hormones. These hormones provide patients with the most natural results possible.

To begin, Dr. Shine orders a variety of blood tests to measure your hormone levels. Once she knows which hormones you're missing, she can prescribe the right type of HRT.

The hormones in your prescription are chemically identical to the hormones your body produces. There's no need to worry about harmful additives or prescription drug side effects. Instead, these hormones give your body the boost it needs.

What other treatments are available to balance my hormones?

HRT is an excellent option for many patients struggling with hormonal imbalance, but it's not the only available treatment available. Dietary changes and wellness counseling can also provide relief.

Let Dr. Shine help you explore treatments that support your long-term health and improve your quality of life. Call the office today or book an appointment online.