Balancing Hormones With Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Just what are bioidentical hormones? Bioidentical hormones are custom-mixed formulas containing various hormones that are biochemically identical to those naturally made by your body. By contrast, synthetic hormones are intentionally different. The more common hormones are probably recognizable to you: estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone. Other commonly used bioidentical hormones include dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), Pregnenolone, Thyroid and melatonin.

Symptoms of Deficiency

For women: Hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping and weight gain are the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance as a woman ages. Perimenopause weight gain is often times one of the first signs of hormonal imbalance. Other common symptoms are vaginal dryness, loss of sex drive, urinary incontinence, irritability, depression, and mood swings.

For men: Symptoms are more gradual and include overall loss of energy, thinning bones and muscles, increased body fat, depression, and impaired sexual function. Testosterone deficiency has been linked to hypertension, obesity and increased risk of heart disease.

What are the Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?

Our BHRT program provides many benefits for patients with hormonal imbalances including:

• Restored hormone balance and relief of related symptoms

• Improved heart health

• Increased bone production and prevention of osteoporosis

• Enhanced energy and sex drive

• Reduced wrinkles and improved skin tone

• improved mental sharpness and better memory

Our Approach
Our approach to BHRT can best be described as “Precision Medicine.” Each patient receives a comprehensive evaluation and an individually-tailored treatment regimen that is continually optimized. We don’t subscribe to the “one size fits all” philosophy followed by most physicians when treating hormonal imbalance. Every patient is different and every body responds differently to the different dosages and blends.

To determine your hormonal needs, a comprehensive consultation and laboratory work will thoroughly evaluate your hormone deficiency symptoms by testing your hormone levels and your unique bioidentical hormonal needs. After starting bioidentical hormone therapy, our practice will monitor and reevaluate your hormone levels to insure that they are maintained at their optimum balance. Natural bioidentical hormone therapy will help you overcome the symptoms of menopause, perimenopause and andropause that occur with this stage in life. There is no longer any reason to suffer the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. With the right approach, they can be eliminated in a very short time.

Dr. Patricia Petitt
Patricia Petitt, D.O., M.P.H., FAARFM, ABAARM, is an Anti-Aging and Preventive Medicine Physician, and is also the Medical Director of Longevity Wellness Center & Spa. Dr. Petitt received her Medical Degree from South Eastern University of Health Sciences in North Miami Beach, Florida in 1994. She is Board Certified in Preventive & Occupational Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine and Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine by the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine (ABAARM) and is a Diplomat of ABAARM. Dr. Petitt has practiced Preventive Medicine for 18 years in Maryland and Virginia where she learned to focus on strategies to promote health and wellness as well as disease prevention. She has been an aesthetics physician for the past 6 years in several medical spas in Virginia and New York City performing liposuction, laser therapies, Botox & Dermal Fillers, and much more.