Weight Gain, Low Sex Drive, Hair Loss, and Chronic Fatigue?
Men & Women would benefit from Hormone Optimization. We look at the patient’s labs, correlate the labs with the patient’s symptoms, and determine a plan of treatment to help the patient feel better. Hormones we look at are testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and thyroid. Many times a patient’s lab results will be in the ‘normal range’ but the patient has symptoms of a particular hormone being low, so we help the patient by improving both lab values and symptoms through bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
What Is a Hormone Imbalance?
Do you ever find yourself feeling a little “off?” Hormone imbalance can sometimes be the culprit. Our hormones control the majority of our bodily functions and when there is an imbalance, we may notice many of the following signs and symptoms:
• Mood swings
• Heart palpitations
• Trouble concentrating
• Brain fog
• Night sweats
When your hormones are out of balance, it can affect many different aspects of your day-to-day living. This includes your appetite, your sleep quality, and your energy levels throughout the day. Dealing with hormone imbalance can be frustrating and can make it difficult to focus at work, care for your family, and tend to your other commitments.
If you are dealing with symptoms of a hormone imbalance, it might be time to see your doctor. There are treatment options available to help balance hormones so that you can get back to living your life the way you want to.
Types of Hormone Replacement Therapy
There are different types of hormone therapy available, which can include either a combined treatment (progestogen and oestrogen), or one that only uses oestrogen. Both of these hormones are responsible for making important changes in a woman’s reproductive system.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a form of treatment for hormone imbalances that use plant estrogens. These man-made hormones have the same molecular structure as those found in the human body. This form of therapy offers a more “natural” approach to balancing hormones by using hormones made from natural sources and not synthetic hormones.
What is the Difference Between Traditional vs. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
Traditional hormone replacement therapy utilizes hormones that are made with synthetic hormones, such as the urine of pregnant horses.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, on the other hand, match the composition of the hormones your body naturally produces. Many patients feel more comfortable knowing that the components of their hormone replacement therapy are found in nature and match their biological hormones closer than traditional hormone therapy.
Premarin, one variety of traditional hormone therapy, is made up of hormones from the urine of pregnant mares and contains different types of estrogen, including some that are only found in horses and not made naturally in the human body. Premarin is also made of steroids and other synthesized substances.
The Benefits of BHRT
BHRT is a promising treatment for those facing hormone imbalances, particularly women who are going through menopause or perimenopause. Using BHRT can help with night sweats, weight gain, mood swings, and increased sex drive.
Other benefits of using bioidentical hormones include having more energy throughout the day, experience less hair thinning, and better sleep quality.
How Does Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?
BHRT comes in a variety of different forms including creams, injections, implants, patches, and gels. Together with your doctor, you can decide what the best form of BHRT can be for you based on your needs and your lifestyle.
Since the treatment is tailored to each individual person, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy process is multi-step. The process includes:
• Consult with practitioner
• Hormone level testing
• BHRT administration
• Follow-up monitoring
Looking to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and what it can do for you? Give us a call today to book an appointment at 770-683-7546!