Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Larisa Litvinova, MD

Holistic Medicine located in Montclair, NJ

Your hormones are your body’s internal communication system and play a vital role in many of your bodily functions. Hormonal changes can lead to a number of symptoms that can affect your health and quality of life. Larisa Litvinova, MD, in Montclair, New Jersey, is an internal medicine physician with a concierge medical practice who takes a holistic approach to the management of hormone imbalance and offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to restore hormonal balance naturally. To learn more about hormones and how they affect your health, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a more natural form of hormone replacement therapy used to help restore hormonal imbalance. Bioidentical hormones are created from the natural estrogens found in plants. These natural hormones have the same structure as the hormones found in your body, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, and can mimic their actions to optimize your hormone levels and help you feel more like your usual self.

Am I a good candidate for BHRT?

Dr. Litvinova determines if you’re a good candidate for BHRT after a comprehensive evaluation. She may recommend BHRT if you’re suffering from:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Concentration problems
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular periods
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness

These symptoms are most commonly seen in women going through perimenopause, which refers to the time period before women officially reach menopause. During perimenopause, your hormone levels fluctuate, leading to various symptoms.

Dr. Litvinova often treats perimenopause with simple lifestyle and dietary modifications, but in some cases, where the unpleasant symptoms persist even after making all the necessary changes and taking supplements, you may benefit from the addition of BHRT.

What can I expect with BHRT?

Dr. Litvinova performs a precise assessment of your hormone levels and prescribes individual therapy based on your personal needs and symptoms. She then monitors you and your health throughout your treatment.

While results vary from woman to woman, many report an improvement in:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Libido

You may also find the BHRT helps you better manage your weight, and may reduce your risk of developing diabetes and cataracts. Your BHRT may also help improve skin health and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

How is BHRT different from traditional hormone therapy?

BHRT is a more natural form of hormone replacement derived from plant sources, while traditional hormone therapy uses synthetic hormones. Dr. Litvinova believes that BHRT is a safer form of hormone replacement because the natural hormones are identical to the hormones present in your body and may lead to fewer side effects.

Hormone imbalance can lead to symptoms that may be difficult to live with. For a natural approach to your hormonal changes, call Larisa Litvinova, MD, today or request a consultation online.