Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Specialist

Lisa Masterson, MD

Board Certified OB/GYN & Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic located in Santa Monica, CA

Hormone therapy is one of the most effective treatments for managing symptoms of menopause. But if you have concerns about traditional hormone therapy, board-certified OB/GYN Lisa M. Masterson, MD, in Santa Monica, California, offers bioidentical hormone replacement, which is an alternative therapy that provides safe results. To learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement, call the Los Angeles area office or book an appointment online today.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

What is bioidentical hormone replacement?

Bioidentical hormone replacement is a more natural form of hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormones are plant-based substances modified to have the same structure and function as the hormones that circulate in your body.

When used as a form of hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormones restore hormone balance and alleviate menopause symptoms. 

Am I a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement?

When you visit Dr. Masterson to discuss bioidentical hormone therapy to manage your menopause symptoms, she conducts an in-depth clinical exam to see if the therapy is the right choice for you.

You may be a good candidate if you’re suffering from some of the common symptoms of menopause, such as:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Low libido
  • Fatigue
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight gain
  • Moodiness
  • Depression
  • Foggy thinking

Before recommending bioidentical hormone replacement, however, she first runs lab work to check your hormone levels. If your estrogen and progesterone levels are abnormally low, then she may recommend the natural form of hormone therapy to ease your menopause symptoms.

Dr. Masterson takes an integrative approach to women’s health and also offers other alternative medicine and treatment options for menopause. 

What are the forms of bioidentical hormone replacement?

Dr. Masterson individually tailors your bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to match your specific hormonal needs. She offers a variety of safe compounding options, including pellets, pharmaceutical, and herbal compounds. 

For bioidentical hormone replacement pellets, Dr. Masterson uses BioTE® pellets. She inserts the rice-sized pellet under your skin above your upper buttocks. The pellet releases a steady and consistent dose of hormones that optimizes your hormonal levels for safe and effective symptom relief. 

What can I expect from bioidentical hormone replacement?

It takes time for your hormone levels to rebalance and you may not start to notice an improvement in your symptoms until about a month after starting your therapy. 

Dr. Masterson schedules regular follow-up visits to monitor your symptoms and your hormone levels, and adjust your treatment as needed. For BioTE pellets, Dr. Masterson replaces your pellet every 3-6 months. 

The length of your bioidentical hormone therapy depends on your needs. Recent research indicates that hormone therapy is a safe and effective treatment for menopausal women when used for less than five years.

To learn more about bioidentical hormone therapy at Lisa M. Masterson, MD, call or book an appointment online today.