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What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
As we age our hormone levels decline, and as a results we begin to feel more tired, get sick more frequently, we do not heal as fast and slowly chronic disease like hypertension, high cholesterol, depression and weight gain, to name a few, makes its debut. We start to age and sometimes it happens very rapidly.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a method of treatment based of replenishing the vital sex hormones like estrogen, testosterone, or progesterone with either plant based substances, or synthetic hormones that have an identical structure as the hormones naturally produced by the body.
This is very different than using synthetic hormones like Premarin – a mix of 17 different types of equine estrogens, a drug synthetically produced by Wyeth –Aerst from pregnant mares urine.
Many patients mistakenly believe that bio-identical hormones are only available as a customized compounded prescription, however there are many bio-identical FDA approved synthetically made hormones, in the form of patches, gels, vaginal creams or tablets, or pills.
When you come in for your appointment you should expect Dr. Cernaianu to gather a detailed personal and family history and perform a comprehensive physical exam, determining the need for bio-identical hormone use.