Me and HRT

“Not only have I treated hundreds of women for the debilitating symptoms of menopause using Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), I was my first patient.

The symptoms of menopause had insidiously crept up on me and by the time I reached my mid 50’s I was becoming increasingly less tolerant, experiencing mood swings, lack of energy, night sweats and poor sleep, to mention some but not all the symptoms that were plaguing me .

Shortly after beginning HRT, symptoms such as the poor sleeping and night sweats disappeared in very short order with the others improving for the better consistently thereafter. I can truly say that HRT has changed my life for the better.

I continue to experience high energy levels, increased mental focus, improved physical endurance, improved muscle mass with the reduction of fat, handle stress much better and, of all things, have taken up golf, which can be very frustrating, so it is a good thing I have “T” onboard.”


Donna Hargrove, D.O. FACOG


Dr. Hargrove playing golf with HRT energy

Put menopausal symptoms to rest!

Bioidentical Hormone Programs For Age Related Hormonal Imbalances

Bioidentical Hormones can help women going through the challenges associated with hormone decline. Perimenopause usually occurs three to seven years before menopause, and this phase marks the beginning of female hormone decline. During this time, the ovaries start making less progesterone, testosterone and estrogen, and women may begin to experience irregularities in their menstrual cycles. Dr. Hargrove has helped numerous women overcome the challenges associated with perimenopausal hormone decline.

A Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program can help to reduce the symptoms associated with perimenopause, which may include:

  • Irregular periods

  • Low libido

  • Dysmenorrhea

  • Amenorrhea

  • Water retention

  • Bloating

  • Migraines

  • Fatigue

  • Increased PMS symptoms


Menopause begins after twelve consecutive months without a menstrual period, and during menopause, the ovaries stop producing adequate amounts of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Dr. Hargrove can help women going through menopause to improve the symptoms related to hormonal decline. Some of the symptoms that can be improved using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:

  • Hot flashes

  • Night sweats

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Insomnia

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Mental fogginess

  • Dry skin


Dr. Hargrove will perform significant testing to determine hormone levels and then assess imbalances, deficiencies, and dominances. Upon taking a full medical history, listening to the patient’s goals, and assessing lifestyle habits, Dr. Hargrove will then design a personalized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plan for the patient. As a St. Petersburg, Florida Bioidentical Doctor, Dr. Hargrove has helped countless women to recover from the effects of hormone decline. Women have been able to feel as youthful as they did during their 20’s and 30’s through obtaining a customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program.

To learn more about receiving a personalized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program, schedule a consultation to discuss your options.

Women’s Health and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Natural Hormone Therapy for woman

Bioidentical Hormones are identical in chemical and molecular structure to the hormones produced in the human body, and for this reason, many people can reap the benefits of Bioidentical Hormones without having to endure the negative side effects. Dr. Hargrove will tailor a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program to meet an individual’s needs and can improve the quality of life for women.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement describes plant-based products with a chemical structure that is the same as hormones the human body makes. For women, they involve estradiol, testosterone, and progesterone. As aging occurs, hormone levels gradually dwindle until symptoms start affecting the quality of a person’s life. Symptoms can be noted as early as mid-30′s, but mostly emerge in the 40′s, and most women will start noticing the symptoms of hormone decline in their 50′s.

A major hormone for women is testosterone, which is 10 times stronger than estrogen, and it is the first hormone to be depleted. Testosterone is a driving force for feelings of wellbeing, mental clarity, energy, muscle tone, and sexual interest. Balancing a person’s hormones also involves checking thyroid function and using medication to correct deficiencies. Certain herbal supplementation can also be a beneficial component to maximize hormone replacement. Dr. Hargrove will check all hormone levels to determine which hormones need to be replenished.

Not every woman needs all of her hormones to be supplemented.   Dr. Hargrove strives to find what a person is truly lacking and needs to be replaced, and she then tailors a treatment plan to meet specific imbalances. She includes nutrition and lifestyle counsel to compliment total health needs, along with full gynecological services.