Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

YoungerMeMD

Kenneth Varano, DO

Anti-Aging, Regenerative, & Integrative Medicine located in Conshohocken, PA

Many patients think they must put up with age-related changes such as mood swings, muscle loss, and weight gain. But these changes are symptoms of hormonal imbalances that are safely and effectively reversed with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. At YoungerMeMD, Kenneth Varano, DO, is a highly respected bioidentical hormone specialist and a distinguished member of the BodyLogicMD network of physicians who helps restore optimal health and energy for patients at every age. To learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, call the office in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, or use the online booking feature.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones naturally produced by your body. As a result, your body recognizes and responds to bioidentical hormones in the same way as your natural hormones, reducing the risk of side effects. The bioidentical hormones prescribed by Dr. Varano are also made from plant sources rather than synthetic chemicals.  

How does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy help women?

Although the levels of many hormones decline as you get older, and health conditions can contribute to hormone imbalances, the most dramatic changes occur in the years before and after menopause.

Beyond the common problems of hot flashes and night sweats, the drop in hormones at menopause causes symptoms such as:  

  • Fatigue
  • Low sex drive
  • Painful intercourse
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Memory problems

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy relieves your symptoms and prevents chronic health problems caused by hormone imbalances. For example, the loss of estrogen at menopause significantly increases your risk of osteoporosis.

How does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy help men?

Men go through an age-related decline in hormones called andropause. Blood levels of testosterone peak during early adulthood, then around the age of 30, testosterone levels go down by as much as 2% every year.

As testosterone declines, you’ll experience symptoms such as:

  • Low sex drive 
  • Fewer spontaneous erections
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Loss of beard and body hair
  • Osteoporosis
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue

Men can also develop memory problems and depression due to low testosterone.

What bioidentical hormones are available?

Your first appointment with Dr. Varano lasts more than an hour, as he learns about your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. He performs a physical exam and advanced lab testing that assesses more than 50 biomarkers to determine your hormone levels and get a complete picture of your health.

Depending on your lab results, Dr. Varano may recommend bioidentical hormone replacement with:

  • Estrogen
  • Testosterone
  • Progesterone
  • Pregnenolone
  • DHEA
  • Cortisol
  • Insulin

As a holistic physician, Dr. Varano also includes integrative therapies in your treatment plan, such as nutritional counseling and supplements.

How is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy delivered?

Dr. Varano prescribes bioidentical hormones in the form of pellets. Pellets, which are about the size of a grain of rice, offer several exceptional benefits:

  • Pellets are customized, containing the precise hormone and dose you need
  • Pellets are implanted under your skin, releasing a steady supply of hormones
  • Pellets last 3-5 months, eliminating the need to take pills or get shots 

If you need to restore hormonal balance, call YoungerMeMD or schedule an appointment online.