Types of Hormones Used with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

Naples Florida Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Corey Howard, M.D. has helped women and men in Collier County, Florida feel better physically and emotionally with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). This is a method of naturally replacing what your body has lost through the normal aging process. Unlike traditional doctors who typically use synthetic hormones, Corey Howard, M.D. believes that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy offers the best results with fewer side effects. The cell structure of bioidentical hormones, which occur naturally in several types of plants, closely matches what the human body produces.

After examining you and determining your current hormone level, Naples Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Doctor Corey Howard has a local compounding pharmacy create a hormone replacement regimen to target your specific symptoms. You may receive Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy by injection, wearing a patch, taking an oral medication, or another method that you and the doctor mutually agree to use. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for men uses a combination of testosterone, thyroid, and pregnenolone, which you can learn more about below.

Types of Bioidentical Hormones

Your Naples Florida Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Corey Howard, M.D. may choose to use one or several types of bioidentical hormones based on your symptoms and your initial response to the therapy. The most common types of bioidentical hormones used in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:


Although the technical name for this hormone is cortisol, some doctors and lay people refer to it as the stress hormone. Your adrenal glands produce and secrete cortisol in response to stress, also known as the fight or flight response. Because many people today live highly stressful lives, they may have unbalanced levels of cortisol present in their bodies. Left unchecked, this can lead to Type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and weight gain.


This hormone, which is secreted by the adrenal glands, is the foundation for both male and female sex hormones. These are also known as androgens and estrogens. When DHEA is out of balance, it can also affect the production of estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol. People with unbalanced DHEA often complain of aching of the joints, lowered sex drive, a decreased immune system, fatigue, depression, and loss of muscle mass.


The term estrogen actually describes the functioning of estradiol, estriol, and estrone.  Estrogen is primarily a female hormone produced in the ovaries, fat tissue, or adrenal glands. Men also create small amounts of estrogen in their testes. As girls go through puberty, the proper levels of estrogen help to ensure breast development and a healthy uterine lining for future menstruation and pregnancy. Estrogen in male puberty causes deepening of the voice, growth of facial hair, and muscle development.


This hormone controls the function of many others, including estrogen and progesterone. During the natural course of aging, you may lose up to 60 percent of the pregnenolone your body needs to sustain energy. It is also responsible for memory and alertness. An unbalanced level of pregnenolone contributes to depression, fatigue, and stress.


Without progesterone, your body cannot produce the other hormones it needs. This includes estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol. Your body produces progesterone naturally from cholesterol and then turns it into pregnenolone, which in turn helps to produce the other hormones. It is integral for strong brain functioning, regulating blood sugar, having a healthy libido, and regulation the production of thyroid hormones.


This primarily male hormone is also present in smaller amounts in women. Both genders experience the effects of too little testosterone, including weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, depression, and low sex drive. In addition, men with unbalanced testosterone levels may experience unwanted breast growth.


The thyroid is a tiny gland in your neck that controls all of the functions of your adrenal system. When your body produces too much or too little thyroid hormone, you may experience weight gain, depression, fatigue, cold sensations, hot flashes, and many other unpleasant symptoms.

The goal of thyroid replacement therapy with Corey Howard, M.D. is to restore your thyroid to normal functioning. Since the primary function of the thyroid is to maintain your metabolism, replacing what your body no longer produces helps you to lose or maintain your weight. When your metabolism is healthy, you are less likely to see fat stores around your midsection. Maintaining blood calcium levels is another important function of the thyroid.

Hormone Testing

Depending on your presenting symptoms, your Naples Florida Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Doctor, Corey Howard, M.D. may order a blood, saliva, or urine test to determine your current hormone levels. With this knowledge Corey Howard, M.D. then decides which bioidentical hormones you require for maximum symptom relief.