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Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Gaffar Syed MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practices located in Frederick, MD

A hormonal imbalance can cause a wide range of disruptive and distressing symptoms, ranging from weight gain to libido loss. At his practice in Frederick, Maryland, Gaffar Syed, MD, provides comprehensive hormone testing and personalized hormone replacement therapy to restore your health and vitality. Call Dr. Syed or schedule a consultation online today to find out if your hormones are the root cause of your symptoms.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What are the signs of a hormonal imbalance?

Your endocrine system includes a network of glands that work together to produce the hormones your body needs to regulate almost all of your body functions from your blood pressure and digestion to your metabolism, sex drive, and mood. 

As you age, your hormone production declines, which can cause a wide variety of uncomfortable and distressing symptoms. For women, the most common hormonal disturbance occurs during perimenopause and menopause, as your estrogen levels fluctuate and decline, and your reproductive years end. Men also experience a decline in testosterone as they age. 

Some of the common signs of hormonal imbalances in women include:

  • Weight gain
  • Irritability
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fatigue 
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Libido loss
  • Vaginal dryness or atrophy
  • Painful sex (dyspareunia)

Men with low testosterone also experience fatigue, weight gain, libido loss, and mood disruptions. You might also notice:

  • Muscle mass loss
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Hair loss

While the hormonal changes associated with aging are normal, they shouldn’t disrupt your health or quality of life. If you’re concerned about these symptoms or other signs of hormonal imbalance, make an appointment with Dr. Syed. He listens carefully and takes your concerns seriously. 

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy restores your hormonal balance with carefully prescribed  bioidentical hormones. Dr. Syed offers hormone replacement therapy to replenish your hormone levels and restore your health and well-being.

He begins with saliva testing and blood work to evaluate your hormone levels and then prescribes compounded hormone therapy to address your specific hormonal needs. He often prescribes topical gels and creams to help both men and women. 

How do I know if hormone replacement therapy is right for me?

Dr. Syed provides comprehensive exams and lab tests to identify the condition causing your symptoms. He understands that even if your hormone levels are within the normal range, that doesn’t mean they’re optimal. 

If your evaluation and testing indicate that a hormonal imbalance is the cause of your symptoms, he discusses your treatment options, including hormone therapy, and answers your questions to help you make the best decision for your health. 

Call Dr. Syed today or make an appointment online for state-of-the-art hormone testing and customized treatment, including hormone replacement therapy.