Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Braden Richmond, MD -  - Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Special Care for Women

Braden Richmond, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in Anniston, AL

In addition to regulating your menstrual cycle, your hormones control almost every other body function from your metabolism to your sex drive. If you have disruptive symptoms like weight gain, mood disturbances, or abnormal bleeding, make an appointment with Braden Richmond, MD, at Special Care for Women in Anniston, Alabama. Dr. Richmond provides expert testing to evaluate your condition and customized treatments, including bioidentical hormone therapy, to restore your health and wellness. Call Special Care for Women or schedule a consultation online today.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone therapy?

When you have a hormonal imbalance, bioidentical hormone therapy uses synthetic hormones that mimic your natural hormones to optimize your hormone levels.

Bioidentical hormones are usually from natural sources like plants and compounded to be chemically identical to the hormones your body produces. 

Why would I need bioidentical hormone therapy?

Menopause is one of the most common reasons that women seek bioidentical hormone therapy. As you approach menopause, your hormone levels – primarily estrogen – fluctuate and decline, which cause a variety of disruptive symptoms, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Libido loss
  • Vaginal dryness and atrophy
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Irritability

You might also have abnormal hormone levels due to polycystic ovary syndrome, low testosterone, or thyroid disorders.

At Special Care for Women, Dr. Richmond reviews your symptoms and medical history and provides thorough lab work to evaluate your hormone levels. He also runs tests to diagnose the underlying condition causing your hormonal imbalance. 

What should I expect during bioidentical hormone therapy?

Dr. Richmond provides a personalized combination of hormones to address your specific needs. Depending on your condition, he might prescribe:

  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Injections
  • Subdermal pellets

You have frequent appointments when you start bioidentical hormone therapy, so Dr. Richmond can monitor your hormone levels, symptoms, and overall health. If necessary, he can adjust your prescription to optimize your hormone levels and overall wellness. 

As time passes, you have less frequent appointments, but Dr. Richmond is always available to answer your questions. His goal is to help you lead a healthy, fulfilling life. 

What can I do to manage menopause symptoms?

In addition to bioidentical hormone therapy, Dr. Richmond provides personalized advice and counseling to help you manage menopause symptoms and other hormonal issues. 

For example, he can help you adjust your diet to ensure you get all the nutrients your body needs. Dr. Richmond can also help you add physical activity to your daily routine safely. He can also recommend mental health services and other ideas to optimize your health. 

Dr. Richmond also offers innovative vaginal revitalization treatments using the CO2RE® Intima device to reverse symptoms of vaginal atrophy.

If you have disruptive symptoms that could be due to a hormonal imbalance, call Special Care for Women, or make an appointment online, to find out if bioidentical hormone therapy is right for you.