Bioidentical Hormones


Dr. Handwerger offers bio-identical hormone therapy integrated with proper fitness and nutrition for women and men. This preventive medical approach helps put an end to suffering and effects caused by stress-induced adrenal fatigue, menopause, perimenopause, and andropause (the male menopause).

Hormones decline as we age and bio-identical hormones replace the hormones that your body needs to function. Dr. Handwerger uses bio-identical or natural hormones instead of bio-similar or synthetic hormones. Bio-identical hormones are, molecule-by-molecule, exactly the same as the hormones present in the human body. Dr. Handwerger will assess your individual needs and work to restore these hormones and customize a medical plan specifically for you.


Who needs Bio-identical Hormone Therapy or BIHRT?
Women suffering from perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms who are looking to put an end to hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, mood swings, weight gain, vaginal dryness, depression, insomnia, PMS, and low libido are turning to BIHRT to replace natural hormones. Dr. Handwerger designs individualized programs specifically for each woman.

Men experiencing the male menopause who want to get a grip on weight gain, low libido, cardiovascular issues, type 2 diabetes, fatigue, stress, energy, muscle mass, and body fat are also finding solutions through natural hormone therapy. For men, andropause (male menopause) happens gradually, and when diagnosed, the symptoms are successfully treated using bio-identical hormone therapy.


What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones, namely estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone for women, and testosterone for men have the same molecular structure as those made by our bodies. As such their utilization allows that our bodies react as we did in our youth. These hormones keep us feeling energetic and youthful, our minds responsive, and our memories keen. They also help our hearts stay healthier, our bones stay stronger, and our skin look younger.

Bio-identical hormones are able to follow normal metabolic pathways so that essential active metabolites are formed in response to hormone replacement therapy. Synthetic hormones are chemically altered and are not identical in structure or activity to the naturally occurring hormones in the body, and they tend to have unwanted side effects.


Traditional vs. Natural Hormones?
Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that circulate throughout the bloodstream to specific target cells where they generate biological responses. The interdependent relationship between adrenal function and sex hormones has a profound effect on many organ systems. Women have traditionally used synthetic estrogens and progestins (traditional HRT) to protect against osteoporosis and heart disease. These synthetic hormones offer some protection against heart disease and osteoporosis but have many unwanted side effects. Because of these side effects, many women abandon traditional HRT very soon after starting. This has led to a strong interest in the use of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BIHRT).

Are Bio-Identical Hormones Safe?
No two people are alike, and the value of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is that it can be adapted to fit your individual body and hormone levels. In fact, hormones can be made in a variety of strengths and dosage forms, including capsules, topical creams and gels, suppositories, and sublingual troches or lozenges. Now, using natural bio-identical hormones, you can start and maintain a natural hormone replacement regimen that closely mimics what your body has been doing naturally for years.


What is Human Growth Hormone (HGH)?
The decline of human growth hormone (HGH) that often comes with the aging process may have consequences. Among the most significant is an increase in cardiovascular deaths, obesity, osteoporosis, mental confusion, and a decrease in immune system function. The good news is that in patients with a diagnosis of Adult Human Growth Hormone Deficiency, peptides and or hGH may improve these conditions significantly.