Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Karen S. Kornreich, M.D.

Gynecologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Certified Menopause Clinician specialist, Dr. Karen S. Kornreich, located in Beverly Hills, California offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to ease menopausal symptoms, such as: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, fatigue, poor sleep, and mood changes. Dr. Kornreich prescribes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, including both those manufactured by pharmaceutical companies or special formulations created by a compounding pharmacy.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is used to replenish hormones that the ovaries have stopped making at optimal levels. The decrease in the hormones, especially estrogen and progesterone, that accompany menopause can cause challenging symptoms, including: hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, headaches, decreasing libido, fatigue, and insomnia. For many women, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy provides dramatic relief. As a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and certified menopause clinician specialist with over two decades of experience, Dr. Kornreich is uniquely qualified to assess whether it’s right for you. If you’re suffering from uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, call Dr. Kornreich’s office for a consultation.

Can bioidentical hormone replacement therapy help to prevent bone loss?

Yes! Estrogen is FDA-approved for the prevention of the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. However, medications called bisphosphonates are commonly prescribed for treating osteoporosis. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be recommended for some women who have lost bone mass and would prefer to avoid bisphosphonates.

What does a hormone replacement consultation with Dr. Kornreich entail?

Dr. Kornreich begins by taking a complete medical history, discussing your symptoms and lifestyle in detail, conducting a thorough physical examination, and performing any necessary tests that may include various laboratory and hormonal studies, a bone density evaluation, a mammogram, a pelvic ultrasound, and/or a colonoscopy if indicated. Armed with this information, she will discuss treatment options with you and formulate an optimal treatment plan. Once that’s achieved, Dr. Kornreich will continue to monitor and assess how you’re responding and will make changes as needed.

How is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy administered?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is administered in many ways. Dr. Kornreich discusses the pros and cons of each option to help you make the best personal choice.

Options include:

  • Transdermal estradiol patches
  • Transdermal estradiol gels
  • Compounded estradiol cream or in a capsule
  • Compounded progesterone cream or in a capsule
  • Oral estradiol and progesterone
  • Vaginal suppositories, creams, or rings for vaginal atrophy symptoms
  • Compounded DHEA vaginal cream or in a capsule
  • Compounded testosterone cream