Is Hormone Therapy Right for You?

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormones are an integral part of your body’s inner system. These chemicals send signals to almost every part of your body. They control things like your mood, growth, and even body hair.  Bioidentical hormones are man-made versions of these hormones or derived from an animal thyroid gland. They’re designed so your body uses them in the same way it does your own hormones. 

Of all the hormones out there, the bioidentical type is the closest to the natural ones in your body. They are chemically identical which makes it so you can absorb them easily.

Without a proper balance of hormones, your body can go through unpleasant symptoms. Replacing the hormones you no longer produce with doctor-prescribed bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can reduce symptoms and help you achieve a better quality of life.

Is BHRT right for me? 

The first step in BHRT is usually a comprehensive medical exam to explore your medical history and other health factors. The level of hormones present in your body is currently measured and analyzed. If your hormone levels are low, a custom nutrition plan is put in place to maintain or increase those levels. Bioidentical hormones are then added to adjust the levels of these chemicals. Several seemingly normal signs of aging such as low energy, muscle loss, hot flashes and others can be a good initial indication that BHRT is right for you. These are some common signs to consider BHRT:

  • Unexplainable Weight Gain

A common sign that you need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is unexplainable weight gain. Many factors affecting your weight and its stability may occur if your hormones become imbalanced.

  • Muscle Weakness

Even if you haven’t noticed muscle loss yet, you may notice that you’re not as strong as you once were. Regular tasks that use your muscles might feel more strenuous. While muscle weakness may be a sign of fatigue or dehydration, it very well may be a sign of imbalanced hormones and a need for BHRT.

  • Insomnia

If you suffer from insomnia, there is a very good chance that you need hormone replacement therapy. Whether caused by hormonal imbalances or a symptom of other stress factors in your life, it needs to be paid attention too. There are numerous side effects of insomnia, including irritability, depression, and severe cognitive decline.

  • Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are another common sign that you could benefit from BHRT.  Especially if your hot flashes often occur at night and prevent you from falling or staying asleep. It’s important to know that hot flashes aren’t just a symptom of menopause. Men can often experience a condition known as andropause, or “male menopause.” This condition occurs when there is a significant deficiency in serum testosterone levels in the body. If you’re a man experiencing symptoms of menopause, it’s crucial that you consider BHRT right away.

BHRT can be applied in various ways and should be determined by the patient’s preferences or needs. They can include pills, patches, creams, gels, implanted pellets, and injections. As with all medical decisions, It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional when using this therapy, to better monitor the risks and ensure best results.  

What are the advantages of BHRT?

Although some people think hormone replacement therapy is only for women approaching or going through menopause, this treatment is appropriate for all kinds of people. After all, each gender faces hormone-related symptoms of aging, which may be physical, mental or emotional in nature.

Patients who receive customized bioidentical hormone replacement therapy commonly report an improved quality of life. Here are the benefits BHRT provides:

  • Stronger sex drive
  • Better mental clarity
  • Decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Improved ability to lose fat and build muscle
  • Healthier skin
  • More energy during the day
  • Ability to sleep more soundly at night
  • Fewer hot flashes and night sweats

One of the keys to successful BHRT is to follow up with your doctor periodically to ensure that your specific plan is staying on the right track and producing the results you want.