Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
As you age there are many reasons your hormones may be out of balance or at suboptimal levels, bio-identical hormone therapy can help with that. With advances in medicine, science and sanitation, people are living longer and actually outliving our body’s physiological abilities. Obtaining optimal levels of natural hormone in your body is one of the most powerful anti-aging steps you can take. Not only will it make you feel better, but can be a positive influence on your overall health.
The way the body reacts to suboptimal levels of hormone will be unique to each person which can be more pronounced under higher levels of stress; however, there are commonly known symptoms which can include: forgetfulness or brain fog; mood swings including anxiety or depression; skin changes such as vaginal dryness and increased wrinkling of the skin; loss of interest in sex; night sweats or hot flashes; and hair loss. If you do not have enough progesterone in your body, estrogen becomes dominant leading to symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, weight gain, PMS, irregular menses, heavy bleeding, breast tenderness, fibroids, gallbladder problems and thyroid dysfunction among others.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), or natural hormone replacement, includes the replacement of estrogens (E1, E2, E3), progesterone and testosterone. Cortisol from the adrenal glands and thyroid hormone also fall under the category of BHRT as these hormones work together with the sex hormones for overall wellness and balance of the body.
After a thorough consultation and evaluation of your symptoms and laboratory testing of current hormone levels, we typically prescribe a combination of these hormones in an attempt to mimic as closely as possible the optimal hormone status for your body.
Bio-identical hormones are made in a laboratory from compounds found in plants, usually wild yam or soybean. The end-product is a structure that is closely identical to the estrogen, progesterone, or androgen hormone your body makes. We work with a reputable compounding pharmacy who creates your customized formulation in the form of capsules, a skin cream or gel, a tablet that dissolves under your tongue, or a suppository.
Our philosophy is to utilize the lowest effective dose of natural hormone and to closely monitor progress to optimize safety and efficacy. We assess the risk and benefit for each person who needs BHRT and will help you find the best formulation you, your lifestyle and unique health issues.