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Dr. Smolenski specializes in Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for men and women in Myrtle Beach, SC.

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical Hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women and men make in their bodies. Bioidentical hormone therapy is often called "natural hormone therapy" because bioidentical hormones act in the body just like the hormones we produce.

The body can't distinguish bioidentical hormones from the ones your ovaries and testes produce. On a laboratory test, your total estradiol reflects the bioidentical estradiol you've taken as well as the estradiol your body makes. On the other hand, Premarin (a synthetic hormone that is produced from the urine of pregnant horses) is metabolized into various forms of estrogen that aren't measured by standard laboratory tests. What levels and effects do these various synthetic hormones have in our bodies? No one knows! An advantage of bioidentical estrogen over Premarin is that estrogen levels can be monitored more precisely and treatment individualized accordingly.

Dr Smolenski is a highly trained Bioidentical Hormone Therapy doctor, and one of the few doctors in the Myrtle Beach, SC area who can assess your individual needs and work to customize a medical plan specifically for you using bioidentical hormone therapy.

What is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?

Hormone levels decline as we age and this is one of the leading theories of why our health declines over time. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy replenishes the hormones that the body needs to function. Bioidentical hormones are much different from synthetic hormone replacement drugs in that bioidentical hormones are metabolized, stored, and converted into other hormones the same way as our natural hormones. There are fewer side effects with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy because our bodies metabolize bioidentical hormones the way nature designed it to. Synthetic hormones are often too strong and produce unbearable side effects.

At Coastal Medical Clinic in Myrtle Beach, SC, Dr Smolenski uses natural or bioidentical hormones instead of bio-similar or synthetic hormones. Dr Smolenski will assess you for nutritional deficiencies and guide you though proper diet and exercise. Only with an integrative medicine approach combining proper nutrition, exercise and hormone balance can you achieve optimal health.

Do you need Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

The classic signs of menopause are hot flashes, memory loss, mood swings, weight gain, thin skin and wrinkles, vaginal dryness, breast tenderness and atrophy, loss of muscle tone and strength, hair loss, bone loss and osteoporosis, dental loss, loss of bladder control and frequent urinary infections. Dr Smolenski treats women suffering from menopause, perimenopause and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by creating a customized treatment program designed just for them based on their unique physiologic needs. One size does not fit all when it comes to hormone replacement therapy.

Men have hormone imbalances too. Unlike women who see their imbalances quickly because of their monthly hormonal changes, men's imbalances build up slowly. After years of men going to their doctors wondering why they are experiencing low sex drive and erectile dysfunction, weight gain, muscle loss, urinary problems, irritability, depression, fatigue, hot flashes and even more, studies were finally performed and research was finally attained on the role of hormones in men as they age. Andropause, or the male menopause, is best diagnosed with a thorough history and medical exam and by using laboratory tests that are very sensitive and specific for evaluating your individual hormones. Dr Smolenski can put together a profile and treatment program just for you to restore hormone balance using Exercise, Nutrition and Bio-Identical Hormones incorporating the latest in medical research.

Call Dr Smolenski today if you have an interest in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Services Include:

  • An unprecedented 2 hour-long initial consultation with Dr Smolenski including a comprehensive review of symptoms, medical, family and social history and a physical exam. You will not feel rushed at Coastal Medical Clinic as ample time is provided for a thorough questions and answers period at the end of the visit.
  • State of the art laboratory testing utilizing saliva, urine and blood specimens to assess hormone balance, cardiovascular risk factors and nutritional deficiencies.
  • Customized comprehensive Bioidentical Hormone Therapy and Anti Aging treatment program. You will receive a copy of your labs and a written plan that details your unique needs and gives an overview of the latest medical and scientific research that is used to formulate your treatment goals.
  • Ongoing evaluations that focus on balancing your hormones in accordance with your symptoms. Advanced metabolic and genomic testing is offered to guide breast and prostate cancer prevention.
  • Fitness and Nutrition programs designed to maximize your body's endogenous system of growth and repair. Individualized weight loss programs are also offered as needed.
  • Stress reduction strategies designed to lower the catabolic hormone cortisol and enhance the anabolic hormones such as growth hormone and testosterone. Stress and poor lifestyle choices negatively affect this important balance between anabolic and catabolic hormones.
  • Highest quality bioidentical hormones are provided through the convenience of a local compounding pharmacy. For those who live outside the Myrtle Beach, SC area or who prefer a more private delivery method, arrangements can be made for shipping to your home or office.
  • A customized vitamin program that supplies all of your pharmaceutical grade neutraceuticals, vitamins, minerals and herbs in convenient daily packets. This program frees our busy patients from the need to go "shopping", and it saves them money too since these customized supplements cost less than the sum of the individual products if purchased separately.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Fees:

Please call Donna at 843-477-1602 to review our latest pricing fees. Because everyone is an individual with their own unique physiology, risk factors and health concerns, not everyone requires the same laboratory testing. One size does not fit all for bioidentical hormone therapy so beware of those who insist you purchase from them expensive labs that you may or may not need - especially if they haven't even seen you yet! Only after a thorough and comprehensive 2 hour-long consultation will Dr Smolenski know what testing is needed for your program.

Our pricing is extremely competitive and we challenge anyone to find a local or national anti-aging clinic that provides a lower priced 2 hour-long consultation with a medical doctor who is certified by the American Board of Anti Aging Medicine, and fellowship trained in Anti Aging and Regenerative Medicine. We promise to work with your individual needs to make any required lab testing as affordable as possible.