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Hormone Replacement Therapy In South Carolina

"Most doctors give women synthetic (non-bioidentical) hormones, which eliminate the symptoms, but it's doing nothing to replace the hormones you have lost. Without our hormones, we die." — Suzanne Somers

How Do You Know If You Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Healthcare practitioners like Dr. Patrick Lovegrove and his team evaluate patients’ hormone requirements by collecting a thorough history and lab testing (saliva/blood/urine). Based on this information, a bioidentical hormone doctor writes a prescription tailored to the patient’s needs or recommends herbal and dietary programs to balance the endocrine system.


Use hormone replacement therapy for short-term treatments such as hot flashes, vaginal atrophy, and even the prevention of osteoporosis. But there are lots of medical uses for hormone replacement therapy.


Standard dosing with non-customized prescriptions often does not give patients the full benefits of natural hormone replacement and can have adverse side effects.

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones made in the body. The body does not know the difference between the hormone it makes and bio-identical hormones. These bioidentical hormones are extracted from natural substances like yam and soy or made in a lab. Synthetic,non-bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, have different molecules unrecognized by the body. They don't break down by the body's enzymes and thus may stay unmetabolized for long periods as carcinogens and toxins.

How Are Hormone Levels Evaluated?

Visit the nearest hormone doctor and get tested. When testing hormone levels, the results are frequently within normal ranges. It simply means that someone does not have the disease. It does not mean their hormones are at optimal levels for health. Optimal levels of hormones are vital to preventing disease, maintaining energy, and feeling young. It explains why people who are told their lab results look fine still feel lousy.

Are your Hormones Below Optimal Level?

  • Thyroid: Symptoms: fatigue, mental slowness, depression, weight gain, dry skin, constipation, hair loss, and swelling of the ankles. Thyroid hormone levels and function eventually decline with age for everyone.
  • Testosterone: Symptoms: loss of energy, thinning of bones/muscles, depression, increased body fat, impaired sexual function, changes in mood, attitude, and confidence. In men, there is a link between testosterone deficiency with hypertension, obesity, and an increased risk of heart disease.
  • Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG): Men less than 60 years old may be candidates for HCG treatment to raise their testosterone levels naturally. Using HCG alone or in combination with testosterone is the preferred choice for men with symptoms of low testosterone but who still plan to have children.
  • EstrogenIn women, levels begin to decline around age 45 and usually diminish by age 51. Symptoms: hot flashes, skin and vaginal dryness, urinary infections, bone loss, and cognitive decline. Men typically have the opposite problem. They can have too much estrogen starting as early as in their 40s.
  • Progesterone: Symptoms in women: anxiety, panic attacks, sleep disorders, PMS, weight gain, mood swings, breast and ovarian cysts, heavier or irregular menstruation, fertility issues, and bone loss (osteoporosis).
  • DHEA: Enhances strength, memory, mood, sexual energy, and immune system, as well as potentially improving cholesterol, insulin sensitivity, abdominal fat, and bone density.
  • Melatonin: Known for its positive effects on sleep, mental sharpness, stress, and rising growth hormone. It also is a powerful cancer fighter due to its role in activating natural killer cells.
  • Pregnenolone: Positive effect on memory, concentration, and adrenal fatigue.
  • Human Growth Hormone (HGH): Helps maintain connective tissue in joints, bones, muscles, fat, and skin. Also, it helps with body composition (reduction in fat, improved bone density) and prevents frailty.


How are Safe Levels Maintained?

Bioidentical hormones have been utilized in Europe for 60+ years and studies show that they are both safe and effective. The important aspect of utilizing bio-identical hormone replacement is to monitor the levels and hormone metabolites. Each hormone must not only be balanced with the others but achieve a lab level that is associated with safety and efficacy for both feeling good and preventive outcomes.

Today, millions of people are experiencing hormonal imbalances and deficiencies. It is well known that without replacing these hormones, our brain, bones, heart, joints, muscles, skin, mood, and quality of life are put at risk. The frequency and severity of these symptoms will vary greatly from person to person. Merge Medical Center is a leader in the Summerville, Charleston area for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy ensuring our patients live life to the fullest.

Our Hormone Replacement Therapy Service In South Carolina

Merge Medical Center offers comprehensive testing to establish baseline hormone levels. We provide customized bio-identical hormone replacement therapy tailored to patient needs. We have developed a safe, effective hormone replacement service that can help restore optimal levels of hormones in the body for improved health and well-being.


We use only the purest form of hormones derived from natural sources and work with our patients to develop a treatment plan tailored to their needs. We understand the importance of hormone balance and strive to offer safe, effective treatments designed to improve your quality of life.

Our team is dedicated to working with you every step of the way, from monitoring lab tests and making adjustments as needed. To provide lifestyle advice that will help you achieve optimal health. We are committed to helping you enhance your quality of life and look forward to working together to restore your balance.


By replacing the hormones that decline with age, Merge Medical Center can help you feel better and improve your overall health and wellness. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our hormone replacement therapy services in South Carolina.



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