Hormone levels are constantly fluctuating – a normal process that occurs at every stage of life. The body responds to these changes with physical manifestations that can affect the way a person feels on a daily basis. When hormone levels are imbalanced, it is normal to feel uncomfortable, sluggish, and just not quite yourself. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is a method of replacing or supplementing hormones with naturally-derived hormones like estrogens, progesterones, and androgens that are biologically identical to those produced by the body. It is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, but rather a personalized therapy that can restore the energy and vigor of the life you once enjoyed.
Did you know…
both men and women are affected by hormonal imbalances? These changes can occur at any age though they are especially common in people ages 40 and up. There are four primary types of hormones: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA. These four main hormones are naturally present in both men and women, though in different quantities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
You may be a candidate for bioidentical hormones if you are in search of a natural alternative to synthetic hormonal replacement therapy. Indicators include symptoms of menopause and andropause, as well as signs of hormonal imbalance or deficiency unrelated to reproductive changes. You may be deficient in one or more hormones if you experience any of the following:
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
- Night sweats
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Erectile dysfunction
- Bone loss (osteoporosis)
What should I expect during a BHRT consultation?
If you think BHRT may be right for you, you will need to consult with a holistic doctor who offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The consultation will include an analysis of your symptoms, as well as your lifestyle factors. Your doctor will request lab work to determine your body’s natural hormone levels and create a personalized plan for treatment.
What types of results can I expect from bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones can provide relief for nearly all of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with PMS, menopause, and andropause. Because BHRT is patient-specific, dosing will vary from person to person. Though results are not guaranteed, many people who undergo BHRT feel as though they have stumbled upon the ‘fountain of youth.