Bio-Identical Hormones

Alisha Bhatia, ND

Board Certified & Licensed Naturopathic Doctor located in Temecula, CA

Both men and women experience a decline in hormones as they get older, which can cause an array of symptoms from fatigue to weight gain to low libido. Bioidentical hormones are a natural hormone replacement option that can improve your hormone levels, your health, and relieve your symptoms. Dr. Alisha Bhatia, N.D., in Temecula, California, is a doctor of integrated medicine and offers specially compounded bioidentical hormones to optimize hormone balance. To learn more, call the office or request an appointment online.

Bio-Identical Hormones Q & A

What are hormones?

Your hormones serve as your body’s messaging system, telling your various organ systems what to do. Made in the glands that make up your endocrine system, your hormones control:

  • Mood
  • Metabolism
  • Sleep
  • Heartbeat
  • Sexual function

When your hormone levels are balanced, your body works as it should. However, as you get older, your hormone levels begin to decrease, specifically your sex hormones. When your hormones are out of balance, you may experience a range of symptoms that affect your quality of life and may increase the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.

Hormone replacement therapy is often recommended to restore hormone levels to reduce symptoms and improve health. However, the synthetic hormones used in traditional hormone therapy may cause unpleasant side effects. To help restore your hormone levels and relieve your symptoms, Dr. Alisha offers bioidentical hormones. 

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are a more natural form of hormone replacement. These hormones are created from yams or soy and have the same exact chemical structure as the hormones in your body and provide symptom relief without side effects.

Dr. Alisha’s bioidentical hormone options include:

  • Testosterone
  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone

She uses a special pharmacy that compounds a bioidentical hormone replacement that matches your specific needs. 

Am I a good candidate for bioidentical hormones?

Dr. Alisha determines if you’re a good candidate for bioidentical hormones during a consultation. You may want to consider scheduling an appointment if you’re experiencing symptoms that may indicate a hormone imbalance, such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Depression
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness in women
  • Erectile dysfunction in men
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping

Both men and women may begin to experience a decline in their sex hormones in their 40s, sometimes earlier.

What happens during a bioidentical hormone consultation?

Dr. Alisha conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come to the office with symptoms that may indicate a hormone imbalance. Before your appointment, she has you complete an online health questionnaire to better understand your needs.

Your initial visit will take an hour and include an in-depth review of your health and symptoms, a physical exam, and lab tests to assess your hormone levels.

Based on your symptoms and the results of your lab tests, Dr. Alisha creates your bioidentical hormone replacement treatment plan.

To learn more about bioidentical hormones and how they may help you, call Dr. Alisha Bhatia, N.D., or request an appointment online today.