Denver Bioidentical Hormone Doctor
Denver Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, Kenton Talbot Bruice, M.D. is a board certified OB/GYN who devotes 100% of his practice to balancing his patients hormone levels with Bioidentical Hormones. Kenton Bruice, M.D. has been working with compounded Bioidentical Hormones since 1998 and is the leading prescriber in the state of Colorado. Kenton T. Bruice, M.D. is currently accepting new patients in both his Denver and Aspen, Colorado offices.
In addition to women, Denver Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, Kenton Talbot Bruice, M.D. treats men. Many female patients often inform him that their improved libido and vigor has become greater than that of their husband’s and that their husbands suffer from some of the same symptoms as those from which they once suffered. Similar to menopause, men can suffer from andropause in which they experience falling energy, falling libido, a loss of zest for life, and mood changes. Men can also gain relief through Bioidentical Hormone Therapy.
What choices do you have?
All women eventually reach menopause; there is nothing anyone can do to prevent or delay it. The average age of menopause is 51 but symptoms of estrogen and progesterone deficiencies usually occur long before. Women also suffer from falling testosterone, DHEA, and thyroid hormones. When women’s hormone levels start to fall they have four choices:
- Take no action and suffer from the symptoms of low hormone levels. The most common symptoms are hot flashes, night sweats, sleeplessness, low libido, low energy, mood changes, mental fogginess, and vaginal dryness.
- Attempt to mask the symptoms with herbal remedies, anti-depressants, and/or the birth control pill. Herbal remedies often offer nothing more than would a placebo and if they do help their effects are usually short lived. Many physicians will prescribe anti-depressants and the birth control pill with little consideration. Antidepressants can prevent hot flashes and help with stabilize moods but the side effects include worsening libido and weight gain.
- Take synthetic hormones that are foreign to the body. The body is not accustomed to recognizing these unnatural hormones that often adversely affect the body. Most women who take hormones take foreign hormones. The most commonly prescribed synthetic hormones are Premarin and Provera. Premarin is derived from pregnant mares urine, hence the name. Provera is a synthetic progesterone and it is not nearly as safe as natural progesterone. Premarin and Provera were the two hormones studied in the Women’s health Initiative (WHI). Synthetic hormones are often referred to as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) however I believe this should be referred to as hormone substitution therapy (HST).
- Take Bioidentical Hormones, which is true hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical Hormones have the exact molecular structure of the hormones that a woman’s body produces naturally. In other words these hormones are no different from the hormones that a women’s bodies produce from about age 12 through 51. Bioidentical Hormones are more effective in eliminating symptoms of menopause and are safer than synthetic hormones. In this day and age it is shocking that a physician would rather prescribe horse hormones than hormones with which a woman’s body is familiar.
At the initial appointment, Denver Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, Kenton Talbot Bruice, M.D. and the patient will review the patient’s medical history, symptoms, and questions. He will then draw blood to determine the patient’s baseline hormone levels. After interpreting hormone levels, he will prescribe a combination of Bioidentical Hormones that is specifically formulated for the patient based on hormone levels and symptoms. The hormones are produced at a compounding pharmacy. Women usually yield positive results within two weeks. He will then want to see patients for a follow-up visit six to ten weeks after the initial visit to ensure that the hormones are properly balanced. After that he will check your levels annually. Between appointments, Denver Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, Kenton Talbot Bruice, M.D. is available by email free-of-charge should patients have any questions or minor symptoms that require attention. He will often make micro-adjustments to hormone prescription between visits if he deems it appropriate.