Maplewood Minnesota Bioidentical Hormones Specialist

Melvin L. Ashford, M.D.Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. at Minnesota Women’s Care is a urogynecologist that provides comprehensive Bioidentical Hormone Therapy and wellness to women in the Maplewood, Minnesota.

With over 15 years of practicing medicine, Doctor Ashford has treated over 500 women with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Minnesota Women’s Care has been created for you, the patient. We are working to create a warm and welcoming environment and to provide the absolute best care available focusing on each woman’s unique needs.

We partner with you to help make your healthcare decisions by listening and responding to your individual concerns.

This allows us to find solutions for conditions that diminish your quality of life. We believe in finding solutions for conditions that diminish your quality of life, ones that are consistent with each woman’s needs and her desired approach to treatment. We believe in finding the right solutions for complex gynecologic and obstetric issues. At Minnesota Women’s Care, our mission is you.

As your body makes the transition from young adulthood to middle age and eventually into old age, it undergoes many physical, mental, and emotional changes along the way. For some people, these changes make them feel old long before they are ready for it. The hormonal changes in both men and women can be especially challenging. Some of the specific problems experienced by both genders include:

  • Persistent fatigue
  • Irritability, anxiety, and depression
  • Difficulty with sustained mental focus
  • Decreased sexual libido
  • Weight gain, especially in the abdominal area

Additionally, men and women may struggle with gender-specific issues related to hormone imbalance. Erectile dysfunction is a common problem for middle-aged and older men while women may experience symptoms of sexual dysfunction as well. Unfortunately, a lot of people internalize the message that these problems are a natural part of getting older and there is nothing they can do about them. Doctor Ashford, who specializes in anti-aging treatments and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), wants you to know this is not true. A long-lasting solution to the discomfort of aging is closer than you might think.

Your Symptoms Are Not as Unrelated as They May Appear

For most people, the symptoms of hormone imbalance, dominance or deficiency can come on gradually and they don’t realize that the many new issues that have developed up over the past several years are related. This is especially true of men since their hormones decline at a much slower rate than women. Even though there is a marked decrease in testosterone as early as age 30, it typically takes several years for men to feel the effects. That is because the average man loses one percent of his testosterone annually for the remainder of his life.

While women can have symptoms of perimenopause for up to 10 years before they are officially menopausal, they tend to make the connection to hormonal imbalance faster than men. That is because women know to expect these bodily changes and men often do not. The medical evidence to support andropause in men, a process similar to menopause in women, has only recently gained acceptance in the larger medical community.

Since imbalanced hormones directly cause many of the unpleasant changes of aging, bringing them into balance can help to improve your symptoms rapidly. However, this doesn’t always happen with medications and other therapies prescribed by most traditional doctors. The main reason for this is that doctors who practice traditional medicine usually prescribe pharmaceutical drugs to address symptoms as they present themselves, instead of a comprehensive treatment plan that considers the patient as a whole. Some people may show improvement on these drugs, but many others show no changes at all, some actually have their symptoms increase in severity or become complicated by unpleasant side effects of the medication.

Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. believes that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a more effective means of providing anti-aging and wellness services to his patients for several important reasons. These include:

  • The ingredients from these hormones are derived from plants rather than manufactured by scientists. Even though both synthetic and Bioidentical Hormones are changed into a compound medication by pharmacists, only Bioidentical Hormones contain a cell structure that is identical to the body’s natural hormones.
  • Because of their natural ingredients, most patients tolerate Bioidentical Hormones much easier than synthetic ones and see faster results. This allows patients the relief they have been searching for with confidence in a safe and natural alternative.
  • Unlike traditional medical practitioners, Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. determines your exact hormone imbalances with a blood test, saliva test, or both. He also asks detailed questions in order to understand how these imbalances affect your quality of life. This allows him to request a tailor-made compound medication from a local pharmacy. In short, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is focused to address only those hormones that are out of balance and leaves the rest alone.

Enjoy your middle and old age with the youthful vitality you started your life with. Achieve optimal hormone levels with a custom tailored Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy from Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. at Minnesota Women’s Care. Take charge of your wellness and live every stage of your life to the fullest with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Getting Started With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

All hormone levels must be in balance in order for optimal levels of health to be achieved, and Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. at Minnesota Women’s Care performs testing on all essential hormone levels in order to determine imbalances. After assessing hormone levels, medical history, personal health goals, and lifestyle, Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. at Minnesota Women’s Care will develop an individualized treatment plan, incorporating Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, nutrition, and supplements.

Delivering Bioidentical Hormones in the form of pellets, cream, and injections, Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. will prescribe the patient’s preferred method of administration. After beginning a customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program, patients will receive continued support through frequent office visits, telephone support, and a nurse. Four weeks after starting Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. will follow up with patients through an appointment to make sure that patients are on the right track. Then, patients will follow up with Doctor Ashford every three to four months. Feeling that the doctor to patient relationship is the most important aspect of care, Doctor Ashford takes the time to develop customized treatment plans.

To learn more about individualized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs, contact Maplewood, Minnesota Bioidentical Hormones Doctor, Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. at Minnesota Women’s Care to schedule a consultation!

Call Maplewood, Minnesota Bioidentical Hormones Specialist Melvin Ashford, M.D. directly at 800-775-4902 Ext. 537 to schedule your consultation, discuss your symptoms and decide on a course of treatment for your specific needs.