Natural Hormone Replacement

Punjabi Medical Clinic

Narendra Punjabi, MD, PA

Internal Medicine & Addiction Treatment Specialist located in Travis County, Austin, TX

Having abnormally low hormone levels isn’t always obvious, and side effects develop gradually over an extended period. Because both men and women are impacted by hormonal fluctuations, especially with age, hormone expert and internist Narendra Punjabi, MD thoroughly checks your hormone levels. When you visit Punjabi Medical Clinic in Austin, Texas, you can start a natural hormone replacement plan right away if Dr. Punjabi finds that your hormone levels are lower than usual.

Natural Hormone Replacement Q & A

What are hormones?

Hormones are chemical messengers that tell cells what to do and how to function. In women, for instance, follicle-stimulating hormone prompts the release of estrogen. That triggers the maturation of eggs during ovulation.

Every single cell in your body needs hormones to function. But as you age, it's normal to have reduced hormonal levels. Before you start having symptoms and side effects of abnormal hormone levels, you need blood work to have your hormone levels checked.

What are the symptoms of low hormone levels?

Symptoms and side effects of low hormone levels vary depending on the hormone or hormones. You could experience:

  • Low sex drive
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes

Because your hormone levels don't drop overnight, it can take time for symptoms and side effects to develop. When you schedule routine annual exams with Dr. Punjabi, he checks many of your hormone levels through blood draws. But let him know if you experience any new issues so that he can order the right lab work.

How does natural hormone replacement work?

Natural hormone replacement therapy supplies what your body’s natural hormones would typically do. Because your estrogen or testosterone levels often start plummeting with age, natural hormone replacements jump into action to make up the difference.

Bioidentical hormones often are the best replacement method, since they closely mimic the hormones in your body. Bioidentical hormones are made in a lab just like traditional hormone treatments, but they come from natural plant derivatives instead of animal hormones.

Since these natural types of hormone treatments nearly match the hormones your body produces, most men and women have few, if any, side effects.

Why do I need hormone replacement therapy?

You might need hormone replacement therapy if your hormone levels are abnormally low. That can happen if you:

  • Are menopausal
  • Have your thyroid removed
  • Have hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormones)
  • Damage your testicles
  • Have a hysterectomy
  • Are over age 50

Find out if natural hormone replacement therapy is right for you by booking an appointment at Punjabi Medical Clinic. Schedule online or over the phone.