Bioidentical Hormones Specialist

Ignacio Guzman, MD -  - Anti-Aging, Regenerative, & Integrative Medicine

North Fresno Primary Care

Ignacio Guzman, MD

Anti-Aging, Regenerative, & Integrative Medicine located in Fresno, CA

The proper functioning of your hormones is a vital part of your general health and overall well-being. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, offered by Ignacio Guzman, MD, at North Fresno Primary Care, is a more natural alternative to traditional hormone therapy. If you’re interested in learning more, schedule an appointment today by calling the offices or using the convenient online booking tool. North Fresno Primary Care is located in Fresno, California.

Bioidentical Hormones Q & A

What are hormones?

Hormones are your body’s communication system, facilitating messages between your cells in order to coordinate the majority of your bodily functions, including mood, immunity, digestion, libido, and many more.

Hormones that aren’t functioning properly, due to age or a medical condition, can severely affect your health and well-being.

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

There are a few different types of hormone therapy, but all are aimed at restoring the natural balance and level of the hormones in your body by introducing additional hormones. In traditional hormone therapy, these hormones are taken from the urine of pregnant horses or are made synthetically.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones made from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those that your body naturally produces, hence the term “bioidentical.” Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is quickly becoming a popular alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy because of the more “natural" solutions that it offers.

What conditions can bioidentical hormone replacement therapy treat?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used in the treatment of many hormonal issues that involve testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, such as:

  • menopause and perimenopause
  • insulin resistance
  • osteoporosis
  • fibromyalgia

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has also been shown to be effective in relieving symptoms from certain cancer treatments, such as:

  • migraines
  • incontinence
  • reduced libido
  • insomnia

There’s also evidence to show that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy reduces your risk for cataracts, tooth loss, and diabetes, and can even have some cosmetic benefits, like reducing wrinkles and improving skin thickness, elasticity, and hydration.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can also be used to regulate and augment the amount of human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, in your body. HCG, commonly known as “the pregnancy hormone,” can help treat infertility in men and women and boost libido.

How is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy administered?

There are many different ways to undergo bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Some common methods of administration include:

  • injections
  • pills
  • creams
  • gels
  • patches

Dr. Guzman will work with you to determine which method is most suited to your needs and lifestyle. If you have questions about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or are interested in rehabilitating your body’s hormonal functions, schedule an appointment today with the health care professions at North Fresno Primary Care by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.