Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Specialist

Dr. Christine Collins located in Beverly Hills, California, is an expert in the use of bioidentical hormone therapy. At her Beverly Hills practice, Dr. Collins offers individualized care and treatment with bioidentical hormones for women throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Q & A

by Christine Collins, MD

What Is Hormone Therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy is the use of medication that contains the female reproductive hormones, estrogen and/or progesterone, to provide relief from symptoms related to a woman’s own decrease in the production of these hormones, which may be the result of menopause or a hysterectomy. Replacement hormones are available in a variety of forms, including skin patch, gel, cream, and pills. Hormone therapy is extremely effective in alleviating common menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, vaginal atrophy, fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, and headaches.

Hormone replacement therapy was the standard treatment for managing menopausal symptoms for years. Then, in 2002, new research reported that the therapy increased women’s risk for several serious health concerns: heart disease, stroke, blood clots and breast cancer. As a result, scores of women quit hormone replacement therapy and physicians pulled back on prescribing it. The discovery of health risks also sparked the search for a natural, equally effective, alternative. Eventually, that led to the production and wide acceptance of bioidentical hormones. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any further questions about bioidentical hormone therapy.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones, unlike their predecessors, are chemically identical to the hormones that occur naturally in a woman’s body. They are generally made from a plant chemical extract derived from yams and soy. These are then processed in a medical lab to precisely duplicate the structure of natural hormones.

What are the advantageous of bioidentical hormones?

The body can not differentiate bioidentical hormones from those naturally produced by a woman’s ovaries. Therefore, dosages can be easily customized for each patient, rather than the previous standardized dosages prescribed. Please feel free to call in and schedule an appointment with Dr. Collins, or if you have any questions about how bioidentical hormone therapy can help you.


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Christine Collins, MD
435 N. Roxbury Dr. , #404
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-896-4804
Fax: (310) 626-4761
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