What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the use of hormones that are molecularly identical to the hormones that our bodies naturally produce. We prescribe them based on your individual needs with a goal of restoring hormonal balance.
Bioidentical hormones include estrogens, progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone. Herbal medicines or thyroid and adrenal hormones can be included as well.
Who can benefit from BHRT?
As we age, we may at times feel that our bodies and minds work less effectively than they did when we were younger. We may notice that our thinking process has slowed, that our brains are “fuzzy”, and we get tired more easily. We could have problems sleeping, feel weaker, and find it nearly impossible to lose weight.
It’s easy to dismiss these symptoms as sign of getting older, but we can alleviate many if not most of these troublesome issues with the right therapy.
Additionally, hormonal imbalances don’t only happen to us as we get older. People of all ages can experience hormone imbalances, resulting in conditions like PMS, thyroid disorders, adrenal dysfunction, infertility, early menopause, and postpartum depression.
In men, symptoms can include reduced sexual function and desire, low energy levels, a decline in overall strength, and depression and/or irritability.
What can I expect from BHRT?
At first, hormone testing is performed to assess your individual needs. A personalized treatment plan is then decided upon that matches your goals and lifestyle.
Hormones can be taken orally in capsules, used topically in a cream, or taken sublingually (under the tongue). After starting BHRT we expect your symptoms to improve; but in some cases the treatment will need to be adjusted. Follow-up testing and monitoring is essential to insure success.
Is BHRT Safe?
BHRT is safe when replacing physiological levels of demonstrated hormone deficiencies and is monitored by your physician through testing and observation.