The Hormone Replacement Specialist
At Philadelphia Center for Sexual Medicine we provide expert care in hormonal management. Dr Gittens, fellowship-trained in hormone therapy, is uniquely qualified to treat women with hormone imbalance or deficiency. He sees a small number of patients per day in order to ensure that he can spend ample time with his patients in order to devise a custom treatment plan for their particular needs.
Hormones are molecules that are released by certain organs in the body. When these hormones reach the receptor sites they elicit a number of different responses. Some examples of the responses are: how we feel emotionally and physically, our metabolism, body function, protein synthesis and cellular healing. As we age, many of our hormones decline and can lead to any number of symptoms.
We Only Prescribe Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
Bio-identical hormones have the same molecular structure as those naturally found in our body. Because these hormones are exact replicas they mimic the pathways and signaling of normally occurring hormones in the body. The names of these hormones are testosterone, estrogen, thyroid progesterone, DHEA and pregnolone.
Conventional synthetic hormone therapy (CHT) is not identical to naturally occurring hormones. These hormones have a structure that is similar but are not exactly the same produced by our body. CHT include medications such as Premarin™, Provera™ (medroxyprogesterone acetate), Evista™, Activella™, all oral contraceptives, levonorgestrel and norethindrone.
Dr. Gittens specializes in the evaluation and treatment of women’s hormones and alleviating the symptoms of hormone deficiency.
Signs of Hormone Deficiency
• Hot flashes/night sweats
• Food cravings
• Weight gain/inability to lose weight
• Foggy thinking
• Decreased libido
• Hair loss
• Vaginal dryness
• Breast tenderness
• Arthritis/joint pains
• Insomnia/sleep disturbances
• Poor concentration
• Inability to build/maintain muscle
• Irritability/mood swings
• Impaired immune system/frequent infections
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