Hormone Therapy

Bethlehem | Allentown

You might think of hormone replacement therapy only as a treatment for those going through menopause. Although menopause is one of the most well-known hormonal shifts, women can experience a disruption in the production of certain hormones or imbalances that affects them emotionally and physically. When this happens, it’s important to consider hormone replacement therapy to restore balance.

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Hormone Therapy

Hormones of natural origin and identical bio-composition to those of the body are utilized to help patients maintain optimum hormonal levels.

The body’s hormones are crucial in maintaining health and wellness. However, as the years go by and as age takes its toll, the body’s capacity to create hormones may diminish and their levels may become imbalanced. This leads to a variety of unpleasant symptoms including mood changes, weight gain and other health complications.

To ensure patients stay healthy and happy as they age, Dr. Levinstein provides hormone replacement therapy to allow patients to reach their natural levels.
Hormone therapy has a variety of uses for many different conditions

Thyroid conditions

Depression is a mental illness that can result from a chemical imbalance of serotonin within the brain. As noted above, serotonin is the chemical in the brain that controls a person’s mood and is usually decreased in patients suffering from depression.

Menopause issues

During menopause, the levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone all decrease in a woman’s body. The drop in these hormones can cause many symptoms for the years before menopause (perimenopause), all the way through the cessation of menstruation.

Mental health

Depression is a mental illness that can result from a chemical imbalance of serotonin within the brain. As noted above, serotonin is the chemical in the brain that controls a person’s mood and is usually decreased in patients suffering from depression.

Chronic pain

When it comes to chronic pain, research is promising. One study found that in 372 patients with knee pain caused by osteoarthritis, tissue was able to better repair itself when the “sex hormones” (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) were present and balanced.

MEET Dr. Levinstein

Dr. Levinstein brings the highest standard of medical care while delivering the most advanced treatments to meet your specific needs and help you reach your pain management goals. He is an interventional and anti-aging functional medicine specialist. He has a clinical interest in the biomechanical etiology of musculoskeletal injuries, pain conditions and degenerative spinal and joint disorders utilizing treatment of the whole-body continuum with innovative orthobiologic treatments.


What is hormone therapy

Your body produces many hormones that allow for normal daily functioning. When these hormones are disrupted or out of balance, hormone replacement therapy focuses on bringing the body back to center.


Hormone Therapy

There are four hormones that constitute what is often referred to when the term “hormone replacement therapy” is used. These include the following:

Estrogen is a hormone produced by the ovaries and adipose (fat) cells. It has a variety of functions, including::
  • Causes an increase in blood flow and oxygen metabolism
  • Increases neurotransmitters responsible for many of the emotions you experience
  • Improves mood by increasing serotonin levels
It is important to have a balanced level of neurotransmitters to maintain normal body functioning and stable mood. Estrogen replacement therapy helps maintain proper levels of these neurotransmitters, especially during times when estrogen naturally drops (e.g., during menopause).
Progesterone acts as a relaxing hormone produced by the ovaries. It works with a different neurotransmitter in the brain but has a calming effect. Progesterone allows for feelings of wellbeing. Just like estrogen, when progesterone levels are out of balance depression and anxiety may ensue.

Cortisol is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands. This hormone is necessary for survival. It is responsible for energy metabolism and is critical in the management of stress. Consider when quick responses are important for saving your life (i.e., jumping out of the path of a car). Cortisol is produced in quick bursts and then naturally recedes.

Increased levels of cortisol during stress are normal, but when cortisol levels are too high the impacts can be dramatic. Chronically high levels of cortisol can cause:

  • Weight gain
  • Excessive sweating
  • Hypertension
  • Easy bruising
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Hump-back fat deposits
  • Insomnia
  • Mood disorders, including depression and anxiety

On the other hand, inadequate levels of cortisol levels are not healthy either. The most common symptoms experienced with low cortisol levels are:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Weight loss
  • Hypotension
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Mood changes

Cortisol levels can be affected by many conditions, such as physical or emotional stress, strenuous activity, trauma, and infection. Hormone replacement therapy that focuses on cortisol levels brings your stress response back into balance.

Testosterone naturally wanes in women as they age, but in some cases low testosterone levels can cause physical symptoms earlier. Symptoms of low testosterone include:
  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Loss of muscle and bone
  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mental focus
  • Fatigue
  • Poor sleep
  • Poor concentration
It’s important to note that just having one or two symptoms in passing is not necessarily a sign of low testosterone. Talk to your doctor to rule out other possible causes.


Treatment will result in benefits such as regaining energy and attaining optimal health and function by correcting the abnormal hormone levels in your body.

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1month ago I started weight loss at 242lbs and in 1month I'm down to 217. Very effective program. Highly recommended. Perfect treatment protocol with Dr Levinstein
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Dr. Levinstein has helped me lose 46 pounds in 4 months from the medication as well as a balanced diet and exercise. I recommend this if your looking for For a weight loss.
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Dr. Levinstein is a caring doctor and tries everything to make you pain free. He takes his time with his patients and explains things to you. He asks you when he explains things if you have and questions or concerns. I also went to Dr. Gaspar for weight loss and I loss 14 pounds in 3 weeks so the plan really works!!! Plus she is a very sweet person. Both Allentown and Bethlehem office staff are very nice and helpful.
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This weight loss medication my doctor office has provided me is amazing, it has cut down my appetite and I have already lossed 15 pounds in less than 2 months. Dr. Gene Levinstein and his staff are amazing. I would recommend him to anyone.
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