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Bioidentical Hormones Specialist

Vivian Varese, MD

Functional Medicine Doctor & Integrative Medicine Doctor located in Acton, MA

Vivian Varese, MD helps her patients from in and around Acton, Massachusetts to enjoy better health and wellbeing with bio-identical hormones.

Bioidentical Hormones Q&A

What Is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

As people age, their bodies begin to produce fewer of the hormones essential to optimal health and wellbeing. Hormonal imbalance can also be caused by poor function of other body systems including the digestive and nervous system. These hormonal changes lead to a variety of physical and emotional symptoms ranging from a loss of libido and mood changes to physical symptoms including vaginal atrophy and weight gain. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy substitutes the hormones to provide a balance to the natural decrease in hormone levels that occurs later in life with man-made hormones which exactly match the hormones of an individual patient. BHRT is used to relieve the symptoms of menopause or decreased testosterone.

What Type of Hormone Replacement Is Available?

Dr. Varese uses bioidentical hormone replacement to provide the safest treatment that mimics the hormones produced by an individual patient. BHRT uses hormones manufactured to be identical to those in the patient’s body, improving the outcome for the patient. BHRT is provided in pill, pellet, or gel form which. No matter how it is administered, BHRT releases small amounts of hormones to replenish the diminished hormone levels in the patient. A slow release system helps maintain a more consistent hormone level than HRT provided in shots, patches, or pills.

Is Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Safe?

Yes. Dr. Varese performs saliva testing to determine the most accurate dosage needed to provide each individual patient with balanced hormones. She only uses certified compounding pharmacies to create bespoke hormones to replace those no longer being produced by the body. She monitors her patients who have bio-identical hormone treatment with regular saliva testing to ensure that the dosage remains correct to allow the patient to enjoy optimal health and wellbeing. Since bio-identical hormones are created to specifically address the needs of an individual patient, many of the risks associated with mass produced hormone therapies are alleviated. These hormones behave harmoniously in the body, relieving the physiological stresses created by hormone deficiency. Additionally, her close relationship and care for her patients ensure that each person’s wellbeing is monitored and adjustments are made as needed.