Bioidentical Hormones

John R Toth, D.O.

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician & Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist located in Concord, CA

Think about your hormones as your lifeline and longevity plan. They tell other parts of your body what to do and when to work. Should your hormone levels decrease, you run the risk of severe health complications. Dr. John R. Toth in Concord, California provides natural and safe bioidentical hormone therapy to get your levels back to normal. Call the office or go online to book an appointment.

Bioidentical Hormones Q & A

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are human-made hormones used to mirror those that occur naturally in your body. Typically, bioidentical hormones are manufactured to mimic many kinds of hormones, though the most common ones are:

  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA
  • Pregnenolone

Dr. Toth uses bioidentical hormones to treat men and women who experience low hormone levels or whose hormones are out of balance.

The FDA has approved bioidentical hormones for estradiol and progesterone. However, bioidentical hormones manufactured by a pharmacist are called compounds. Those are not FDA-approved.

How are they used?

Bioidentical hormones come in many forms, including:

  • Injections
  • Tablets
  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Lotions
  • Pellet implants

Dr. Toth identifies precisely what symptoms the bioidentical hormones should treat before determining which form is best suited for you.

In women, bioidentical hormone treatment restores natural hormones that they had as young women and that they have lost with age.

Dr. Toth tests your hormone levels through your saliva or blood. From there, he can decide exactly which hormones need to be complemented. Regular follow-ups are required to avoid complications.

What are the risks of bioidentical hormones?

Depending on the kind of bioidentical hormone treatment you follow, you might be susceptible to a variety of symptoms.

Be advised that companies that did not seek FDA approval are still allowed to sell their products. Dr. Toth makes sure that the products he offers are safe and have minimal risks.

Since this is a relatively new treatment, potential risks for long-term users have yet to be determined. Nevertheless, the reported risks include:

  • Higher risk for blood clots
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Stroke
  • Skin changes
  • Mood swings
  • Vision changes
  • Heart disease
  • Breast cancer

What are hormone pellet implants?

Pellets consist either of FDA-approved estradiol or testosterone. They’re pressed into minuscule solid cylinders.

Dr. Toth uses pellet implants because they offer consistent levels of hormones for 3-6 months. Contrary to other kinds of bioidentical hormone treatments, pellets avoid the ups and downs in your hormone levels and keep your treatment course more stable.

The less fluctuation in your hormones levels, the lower your chances of experiencing unwanted and dangerous side effects.

Dr. Toth first gives you local anesthesia. Then, he inserts the pellets in your upper hip through a small incision.

Keeping your hormone levels stable is crucial to staying healthy. Call or go online today to book an appointment with Dr. Toth so you can find out if bioidentical hormone therapy is right for you.