Bioidentical Hormones

Barrick Family Practice

Steven Barrick, DO

Family Practice & Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine located in Colorado Springs, CO

Hormone replacement therapy is an effective way of rebalancing hormones when levels drop due to age or other health problems. Steven Barrick, DO, of Barrick Family Practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado, uses bioidentical hormones, including BioTE® estrogen and testosterone pellets, to help patients who are experiencing distressing symptoms as a result of hormone imbalance. Call Barrick Family Practice today to find out more about the benefits of bioidentical hormones or book an appointment online today.

Bioidentical Hormones Q & A

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are from plant material and match the structure of human hormones. Dr. Barrick uses BioTE bioidentical hormones to restore hormone levels in men and women who are experiencing health problems due to a hormone imbalance.

Hormones play an essential role in the way your body functions. There are special organs called glands in your body that make hormones. For example, your pancreas produces the hormone insulin, which you need to regulate blood sugar levels.

Hormones transmit messages from your brain that are vital to key functions like:

  • Growth and development
  • Metabolism
  • Reproduction
  • Sexual function
  • Mood

If you have an imbalance in your hormone levels, it can lead to a range of unpleasant and sometimes life-threatening symptoms. In the case of the hormone insulin, it can cause diabetes, resulting in potentially serious complications like heart disease, kidney failure, and sight loss.

When would I need bioidentical hormones?

You could benefit from using bioidentical hormones if you lack estrogen or testosterone.

Estrogen is the female sex hormone that a woman’s ovaries make. Along with the other female sex hormone progesterone, estrogen regulates fertility, reproduction, and libido.

Hormone levels can fluctuate during your reproductive years, causing problems like painful or heavy periods and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). When the reproductive stage of your life ends at menopause, the drop in estrogen often causes symptoms like:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats 
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Loss of libido
  • Difficulties sleeping 
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of concentration
  • Declining memory
  • Thinning hair
  • Sagging skin
  • Vaginal dryness

Testosterone is the male sex hormone. Levels of testosterone naturally fall as men get older, causing some of the same symptoms that women experience during menopause. 

The male menopause, or andropause, can make you feel tired, lethargic, and depressed. You might also lose muscle definition and have less interest in sex.

Taking BioTE bioidentical hormones can address many of these symptoms and restore your quality of life.

What’s the difference between conventional and bioidentical hormones?

Conventional mass-produced hormone therapies contain synthetic hormones made in a lab. Bioidentical hormones use plant sources like soy, so they’re entirely natural. The extracted plant hormones undergo further refining to ensure they are an identical likeness of human estrogen and testosterone.

There could be significant advantages to using bioidentical hormones. Firstly, there’s less risk that your immune system will react negatively, as it might to something artificial. Secondly, Dr. Barrick can measure your existing hormone levels and order BioTE pellets that match your requirements.

He injects the tiny hormone pellets under your skin, where they release estrogen or testosterone in a slow, measured dose. You don’t need to remember to take a pill, and the pellets deliver a constant level of the hormone to keep you well-balanced for months at a time.

To find out if you’re a suitable candidate for bioidentical hormones, call Barrick Family Practice today or book an appointment online.