Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Berk's Womens Health

Susan Probst, MD

Gynecology located in Reading, PA

If the symptoms of hormonal balance are bothering you, take matters into your own hands with an evaluation and possible implementation of natural hormone replacement therapy of which there are several options at Berk's Womens Health in Reading, Pennsylvania. Berk's Womens Health is led by Susan Probst, MD, who has been connecting patients with cutting edge hormone replacement therapy and natural alternative medicines for over three decades. To learn more, call today.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Biochemists specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy utilizes bases from yams or soy to create hormones. The molecular structures of these plant based hormones are identical to that of human hormones, which makes them work seamlessly to restore balance.    

Older hormone therapies are synthetic and structurally dissimilar to human hormones and are made from substances like pregnant horse urine. Though bioidentical hormones are new to some physicians, Dr. Probst has been prescribing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and other natural remedies for over 20 years.

What causes female hormonal imbalances?

 Hormonal changes and imbalances begin to be noted in women as early as the late 20s. However, women can experience hormonal imbalances from a number of other things, including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Reproductive or genetic conditions
  • Diabetes or other diseases

Hormonal imbalances can also stem from external factors like eating disorders, certain medications, including birth control, or injuries. 

What are the symptoms of hormonal imbalance?

Common symptoms of female hormonal imbalance include:

  • Sudden weight gain
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Skin tags
  • Decreased libido
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and other mood symptoms
  • Pain during sex
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Hair growth on the face or chin
  • Acne 
  • Frequent Bladder Infections

How do you administer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

The practice can administer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones in one of three forms:


To administer bioidentical hormones this way, your practice member places small pellets under the soft tissues of your hip. Once placed, the pellets steadily dissolve to disperse controlled hormone doses into your body. You begin to notice a difference in your symptoms after about a week. 

If you choose this popular method of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, you need to come back every three to six months for more pellets. 


Many patients also choose to take bioidentical hormones in pill form, which offers the advantage of easy absorption. 

If you’re tired of putting up with the symptoms of hormonal imbalance, reach out to Berks Women’s Health to learn if bioidentical hormone therapy is right for you. To get started, call to schedule an appointment today.