Your hormones serve as chemical messengers in your body and support many vital functions. An imbalance in your hormone levels can affect how you feel and how your body functions. Rixt Luikenaar, MD, FACOG, at Rebirth OB/GYN in Salt Lake City offers hormone therapy to help restore balance and improve health. Dr. Luikenaar also specializes in transgender health and provides hormone therapy to match your gender identity. For a consultation, call the office today or request an appointment online.

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What are hormones?

The various hormones in your body, which are made in the glands that make up your endocrine system, relay messages that control many important body functions, from your heartbeat to your hunger levels to your body temperature. Some of the hormones found in your body include:

  • Estrogen
  • Testosterone
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Melatonin
  • Ghrelin
  • Cortisol

When your hormones are at optimal levels, your body functions as it should. However, any slight imbalance in your hormones can affect many essential body systems and functions and lead to a host of symptoms.

What is hormone therapy?

Hormone therapy refers to the medical treatment you need that helps restore hormone balance. Dr. Luikenaar uses bioidentical hormone pellets to help restore balance.

Bioidentical hormones are created from natural sources, including yams or soy, and have the ability to mimic the actions of the hormones already found in your body to relieve symptoms and improve health. Additionally, bioidentical hormone pellets are custom-made to match your very specific hormonal needs.

Dr. Luikenaar inserts your hormone pellets under the skin in your buttocks. The pellets then release a steady dose of hormones to optimize your levels.

Am I a good candidate for hormone therapy?

Dr. Luikenaar determines if you’re a good candidate for hormone therapy when you come in for a consultation. During your evaluation, she reviews your symptoms and medical history and conducts a physical exam. She may also run diagnostic tests to assess your hormone levels and determine if you’re out of balance.

Common symptoms that may indicate hormonal imbalance include:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low libido

You may want to consider coming to the office if you’re experiencing symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, or vaginal dryness. Chronic fatigue and difficulty losing weight may be a sign of low thyroid hormones, which Dr. Luikenaar can treat with her hormone replacement therapy.

Dr. Luikenaar also specializes in transgender health and provides hormone therapy for your specific gender identity.

Hormone imbalance can occur at any time and may be responsible for your current symptoms. For an evaluation, contact Rebirth OB/GYN today or request an appointment online.

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