Hormone Replacement Therapy
BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
WHAT IS BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement therapy, or BHRT, is hormone therapy that uses hormones that are structurally similar to those found within the human body. Bioidentical hormones replicate the body’s natural molecular structure and therefore are tolerated by the body more efficiently, reducing unwanted side effects. Bioidentical hormones in the form of pellets are inserted into the upper buttocks and absorbed over time.
Pellets provide continuous hormone replacement without the highs and lows associated with daily/weekly creams, and pills. Pellets further minimize the occurrence of symptoms. Before insertion, labs are drawn and reviewed to determine the appropriate hormone replacement levels needed. Bioidentical Hormone replacement may include estrogen and testosterone.
BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY FAQs
Pellets can vary between 3-6 months. Duration will depend on gender, weight, deficiency levels, and absorption rates.
Patients can resume normal activities right away. However, it would be best to refrain from strenuous activity, exercise, and baths or pools for the first week after the pellet insertion.
Signs of hormone deficiencies can include low energy, sexual dysfunction, loss of muscle mass, elevated blood sugar, elevated cholesterol, decreased bone mass, stress, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, brain fog, night sweats, hot flashes or flushes, reduced sex drive, weight gain, trouble sleeping, irritability, anxiousness, low mood, and discomfort during intercourse.
You can expect an increase in energy, improved memory, and concentration. You will experience a better quality of sleep, improved sexual performance, reduced mood swings and hot flashes, and a reduction in muscle and joint pain.
It is easier to lose weight, especially the extra weight in your midsection if your hormones are balanced.
Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones naturally produced by the human body, such as estrogen and testosterone. Synthetic hormones, on the other hand, have a slightly different chemical structure. This subtle difference can lead to variations in how they are metabolized and utilized by the body.
BHRT is often used to manage symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances, including menopause and andropause (male menopause). Common symptoms include hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, low libido, and muscle loss.
BHRT can be administered in various forms, including pellets, creams, gels, patches, pills, and injections. The choice of administration method depends on individual preferences, medical history, and healthcare provider recommendations.
Like any medical treatment, BHRT may have potential side effects and risks. These can vary depending on the type of hormone used and the individual’s response. Possible side effects may include breast tenderness, mood swings, acne, and changes in blood pressure. It’s crucial to discuss these risks with a healthcare provider before starting BHRT.
Yes, BHRT can be used for both men and women experiencing hormonal imbalances. For men, it can help address symptoms like erectile dysfunction and low energy. For women, it can alleviate symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Before starting BHRT, a healthcare provider typically conducts hormone level assessments through blood tests. These tests help determine the individual’s specific hormonal needs and guide the formulation of a customized treatment plan.
Some individuals report improvements in mood, cognitive function, and overall well-being while undergoing BHRT. However, the extent of these benefits can vary from person to person, and more research is needed to establish the relationship between BHRT and mood or cognitive changes.
Lifestyle factors, such as maintaining a balanced diet, staying physically active, and managing stress, can complement BHRT. Your healthcare provider may offer guidance on lifestyle adjustments to optimize the effectiveness of BHRT.
The duration of BHRT treatment can vary depending on individual needs and goals. Some individuals may use BHRT for a specific period to manage symptoms, while others may choose long-term or ongoing treatment. The decision should be made in consultation with your provider at Defining Beauty.
Before you decide to pursue Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), it’s crucial to have a thorough understanding of how it works and whether it’s the right option for your specific needs. To get personalized guidance and explore the potential benefits of BHRT, we encourage you to reach out to us. Call us at 813–955-0408 today to schedule an appointment and start your journey towards hormonal balance and improved well-being through BHRT.