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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Harlan L. South, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center

Harlan L. South, MD

Internal Medicine & Age Management Physician located in San Francisco, CA

Suddenly having trouble remembering details or sleeping at night once you reach middle age aren’t regular day-to-day fluctuations, these and other symptoms may indicate a new stage of your life called menopause or andropause. At Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center in Union Square, San Francisco, Harlan L. South, MD, replaces the lost hormones that cause your symptoms with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). To revive your well-being with BHRT, book your consultation by phone or online today.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a treatment to compensate for the hormones that you lose as you age, specifically during menopause if you’re a woman and andropause if you’re a man. During these periods, men see a reduction in testosterone, and for women, estrogen and progesterone.

Unlike traditional hormone therapy that uses synthetic hormones that aren’t the same as your natural hormones, BHRT uses hormones that come from plants and are identical to your natural hormones. This means that the chances of side effects and complications are minimal.

When you get BHRT, you have options in the way that the hormones enter your body. Dr. South at Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center helps you choose between pills, wearable skin patches, injections, topical creams, or pellets.

When is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy necessary?

Men and women undergoing hormone loss associated with menopause or andropause benefit the most from BHRT. While hormone loss may not seem like such a big deal, it causes symptoms that range from moderately inconvenient to life-altering for some people.

If you’re in your late 40s, 50s, or 60s and notice the following symptoms, you may consider exploring BHRT to reduce them.

  • Hot flashes
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight gain
  • Moodiness
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Low libido
  • Pain during sex


If you’re a woman, losing estrogen during menopause can eventually weaken your bones. Over time, you may even develop osteoporosis, a bone condition that makes them fragile and easy to break. BHRT with estrogen helps keep your bones strong.

In replacing your missing hormones with BHRT, you can improve your quality of life by alleviating these symptoms. You may feel younger, more energized, and interested in sex thanks to your replenished hormones.

What are the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

While BHRT wards off many of the symptoms of menopause and andropause, the treatment may benefit your health and well-being in other ways, too. Possible benefits of BHRT include:

  • Lower chances of developing diabetes
  • Stronger teeth and bones
  • Vision preservation
  • Tighter skin and fewer wrinkles
  • More hydrated skin
  • Fewer symptoms from cancer treatment


The ways in which patients react to hormone therapy differ, but with bioidentical hormones, most experience positive changes.

Book your bioidentical hormone replacement therapy consultation by phone or online at Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center today.


*Individual results may vary.