Hormone Replacement Specialist

Integrated Family Medical Center

Kalpana Desai, MD

Family Practice Physician located in Lady Lake, FL

Women experiencing a decline in hormone production aren’t the only ones who can benefit from hormone replacement therapy -- men can too. Kalpana Desai, MD, at Integrated Family Medical Center in Lady Lake, Florida, proudly provides the best hormone replacement therapy in the state. Dr. Desai takes an integrative approach to caring for her patients, providing natural hormones to balance and restore the body’s function. If you’re feeling a decline in your physical and mental vitality that’s due to aging, call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about natural hormone replacement therapy.

Hormone Replacement

What is hormone replacement therapy?

As women and men age, hormone levels naturally decline. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses hormones that are identical in chemical structure to your existing hormones to restore the balance of your hormones. Because BHRT hormones are identical to your hormones that occur naturally, they are safer than traditional, synthetic hormone replacement therapies.

What role do hormones play in the body?

Hormones are the body’s messengers and control every bodily function, a few of which include the metabolic system, immune system, and reproductive system. There are 50 different types of hormones in your body. Hormones that are commonly replaced include:

  • Progesterone: involved in female reproduction
  • Estrogen: a female reproductive hormone, but present in men
  • Testosterone: a male sex hormone, also present in women
  • DHEA: a hormone that helps produce other hormones, like estrogen and testosterone
  • Thyroid: controls how your body uses energy (metabolism)
  • Melatonin: plays a role in sleep and internal circadian rhythms

As women leave their reproductive years in their late 30s and then reach menopause around 50, hormone production -- especially progesterone and estrogen -- decreases significantly.

Men also experience a similar period in their lives called andropause. Considered a male version of menopause, it can begin as early as age 30 as testosterone production declines.

What are the symptoms of hormone imbalance?

Hormone imbalance can cause a wide range of symptoms. Many women experience fatigue, hot flashes and night sweats, and vaginal dryness. Men often feel as though they’ve “lost their edge.”

Additional symptoms for both men and women include:

  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Memory loss or brain fog
  • Weight gain and loss of muscle mass
  • Osteoporosis or osteopenia
  • Loss of libido or less interest in sex
  • Sleeping problems or insomnia
  • Hair loss

How does hormone replacement therapy work?

Dr. Desai’s philosophy is that all hormones are connected, and all must be in balance for you to be truly happy and feel good again.

During your appointment, you receive a complete screening to test for the following hormone levels:

  • DHEA
  • Free T3
  • T4
  • TSH
  • Progesterone
  • Estradiol
  • Testosterone
  • Free testosterone
  • IGF-1 (growth hormone)
  • PSA (men only)

Based on your testing, Dr. Desai determines the hormones you need to restore you to optimal health. Hormones provided by Integrated Family Medical Center are obtained through a compounding pharmacy, ensuring they’re pharmaceutical grade.

To restore your health and vitality through BHRT, call Integrated Family Medical Center or schedule an appointment online today.