By: BioSymmetry | September 30, 2018

When considering hormone therapy, there are many factors to evaluate such as medical history, age, and overall health. To better decide if hormone therapy may help alleviate symptoms, let’s examine what hormone therapy is, symptoms of hormone imbalance, bioidentical hormone therapy versus synthetic hormone therapy, and the results of hormone therapy.

What is Hormone Therapy?

As the body ages, the endocrine system does not produce the same levels of male and female hormones -­‐ estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. This can create a deficit resulting in a hormonal imbalance in the body. Hormone Therapy is designed to make a man or woman feel better by mimicking the hormones the body used to make naturally. Women typically find comfort in the results of hormone therapy following menopause because “estrogen is still the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms”, according to the Texas Heart Institute. Menopause is identified as the time when there has not been a menstrual cycle for a consecutive twelve months. Women can experience perimenopause, the period of a woman’s life before menopause, for up to ten years before menopause starts. Even though menopause is one of the most common indicators for hormone therapy, other symptoms that may occur during perimenopause include:

  • Low energy levels/sex drive
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings/irritability/depression
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness of muscles and bones

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy vs. Synthetic Hormone Therapy

For patients who can benefit from hormone therapy, the next consideration is to decide what type of medications are best used as hormone replacement by the human body. Hormone imbalance can be treated with synthetic or bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones have been lauded as the safer hormone option compared to the synthetic, manufactured hormones that are available. In fact, the US Food and Drug Administration does not regulate some forms of synthetic hormones so the composition can vary from dose to dose. The Endocrine Society defines bioidentical hormones as, “substances that have exactly the same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are produced in the human body.” Based on research done by the Endocrine Society and Dr. Chris Pate, BioSymmetry only uses bioidentical hormones to treat endocrine imbalances based on the natural properties of the replacement medications.

Results of Hormone Therapy

In addition to managing the negative effects of menopause, hormone therapy can also reduce the risks of arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer, and vaginal dryness and thinning. BioSymmetry has successfully treated thousands of women and men suffering from the symptoms of hormone imbalance due to the knowledge and experience of Dr. Chris Pate and his staff. Dr. Pate is a North American Menopause Society certified menopause specialist. To review the experiences of previous patients, please take a look at their Google or Facebook reviews.

A patient of BioSymmetry, Kathy, recorded a video testimonial talking about her experience at BioSymmetry: (coming soon)

From Myrtle Beach to Raleigh, BioSymmetry has helped thousands of patients feel like their younger selves. Evaluation and hormonal replacement therapy is available at two convenient locations in Wilmington and Goldsboro. For the Wilmington office, please call (910) 399-­6661 or e-­mail at or for the Goldsboro office, please call (919) 988-9332 or e-­mail us at