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Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Epitome Medical Aesthetic

Aesthetic Medical Spa & Aesthetic and Wellness Specialists located in Virginia Beach, VA

Hormones are powerful chemicals that direct many of your body’s functions. Changes in hormone levels can profoundly affect your physical and emotional well-being. To restore hormone balance and help you feel like your usual self, visit Norman Gonzales, MD, and Kacey Baker at Epitome Medical Aesthetics LLC. To schedule a hormone replacement therapy consultation with Dr. Gonzales, call the office in Virginia Beach, Virginia, or book an appointment online today.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What are hormones?

Hormones are your body’s chemical messaging system. Made by your endocrine system, hormones travel through your bloodstream to various tissues and organs, telling them what to do. 

Your hormones control your:

  • Metabolism
  • Mood
  • Sleep cycle
  • Libido
  • Digestion

Your body only needs a small amount of hormones to carry out these functions. Any slight change in hormone production, however, may significantly affect how your body works and feels.

Though hormone imbalance may affect any of the hormones in your body, the production of sex hormones — estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in men — decreases as you get older. 

Changes in sex hormone levels cause many of the symptoms people associate with aging, such as weight gain, fatigue, and low libido. 

If you suspect your lack of energy and vibrancy may be related to changes in sex hormone levels, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gonzales at Epitome Medical Aesthetics LLC.

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy is the treatment for declining sex hormones that occur as you get older. Typically, hormone replacement therapy is recommended for women experiencing moderate to severe symptoms from menopause.

Menopause is the stage in a woman’s life when she no longer menstruates and occurs because her ovaries no longer produce estrogen. However, these hormonal changes and symptoms may occur months or years before you officially reach menopause.

Men also experience a gradual decline in testosterone production starting around age 30. Dr. Gonzales offers hormone replacement therapy for men with low testosterone.

Am I a candidate for hormone replacement therapy?

Dr. Gonzales conducts a comprehensive history and physical to determine if you’re a candidate for hormone replacement therapy. During your visit, he reviews your symptoms and medical history and checks your blood hormone levels to determine if a hormone imbalance is responsible.

Dr. Gonzales may consider you a candidate for hormone replacement therapy if your sex hormone levels are low, your symptoms affect your quality of life, and you don’t have any contraindications for therapy. 

How is hormone replacement therapy given?

Dr. Gonzales customizes your hormone replacement therapy to match your hormonal needs and preferences. Hormone replacement therapy may include estrogen, estrogen with progesterone, or testosterone. He may provide your therapy as a pill, gel, patch, or injection.

Epitome Medical Aesthetics LLC also offers BioTE® hormone pellets for hormone replacement therapy. Made from bioidentical hormones, Dr. Gonzales places the pellet under your skin, optimizing hormone levels to alleviate symptoms.

To see how hormone replacement therapy can help you, call Epitome Medical Aesthetics LLC, or schedule a consultation online today.