Hormone Replacement Specialist

Leslie Brocchini, MD -  - Board Certified in Integrative Medicine

Soul Strength Medicine

Leslie Brocchini, MD

Board Certified in Integrative Medicine & Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Sonora, CA

Hormones control a vast array of bodily functions, and when those levels fall out of balance a wide range of symptoms can arise. Hormone replacement therapy is an excellent treatment option, and is one of many services available from Leslie Brocchini, MD, of Soul Strength Medicine in Sonora, California. When you’re ready to learn more, schedule your personal consultation online at mindbodyonline.com, or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.

Hormone Replacement Q & A

When is hormone replacement therapy necessary?

As you move through the phases of life your hormone production levels rise and fall. As you move through the later stages of middle age, decreased hormone production can cause disruptive and uncomfortable symptoms in both women and men. 

Some of the symptoms women might experience during menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Brain fog
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disruption
  • Vaginal dryness

Some of the symptoms men might experience during andropause include:

  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Hair loss
  • Brain fog

If these changes begin to interfere with your normal daily routines, you should schedule a time to meet with Dr. Brocchini to discuss treatment options. Hormonal shifts are a natural part of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept uncomfortable symptoms as an inevitable part of growing older. 

How do I know if hormone replacement therapy is right for me?

Dr. Brocchini offers comprehensive hormone testing to determine where your hormone production levels lie. That information, along with a discussion of your symptoms, helps her craft a customized treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs. She will use bioidentical hormones, lifestyle interventions, dietary adjustments, vitamins, and herbal medicine to create a plan for you, specifically. 

Hormone replacement therapy is always delivered at the lowest effective dose for the shortest time needed to ease symptoms. Your treatment plan will shift once it becomes clear how your body is responding and adjustments are made as needed. 

What is bioidentical hormone replacement?

All hormone replacement therapy relies on synthetic hormones, but those products are not all the same. Some options are formulated from substances like the urine of pregnant horses. For those who want a plant-based option, bioidentical hormones are available. 

Bioidentical hormones are created from plants, including soy, yams, and peanuts. They share the same molecular structure as the hormones your body produces naturally. There are options that supplement estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. 

Some bioidentical hormones are manufactured by drug companies, while others are made in customized batches at compounding pharmacies. Dr. Brocchini uses creams, gels, and patches if bioidentical hormones are needed. 

If you’d like to learn more about how hormone replacement therapy can help you feel more like yourself, call the office or book an appointment online today. The team at Soul Strength Medicine can help you find a path toward hormonal stability and optimal health. 

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