What is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy - BHRT?
BHRT is a form of hormone therapy that uses hormones identical in molecular structure to those produced naturally in the body. It is often used to treat symptoms of menopause in women and andropause in men. As women age, their bodies naturally produce less estrogen and progesterone, leading to various symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. BHRT can be used to replenish these hormones and alleviate these symptoms.
BHRT is also used to treat symptoms of andropause in men, which is a decrease in testosterone levels as they age. Symptoms of andropause can include decreased sex drive, fatigue, and muscle loss. BHRT can help restore testosterone levels and improve these symptoms.
One of the benefits of BHRT is that the hormones used are identical to those produced naturally in the body. This means that BHRT is less likely to cause side effects than traditional hormone therapies, which use synthetic hormones. BHRT can also be tailored to each individual’s specific hormone needs, making it a more personalized treatment option.
It aims to restore hormonal balance and alleviate symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances or deficiencies.
It may help to improve cognitive function, including memory and concentration, in postmenopausal women.
It helps to improve mood and overall well-being, reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in postmenopausal women.
Hormonal replacement therapy may help to increase libido and sexual function in postmenopausal women.
However, BHRT is not without its risks. Like any hormone therapy, it can increase the risk of certain health conditions such as blood clots, stroke, and breast cancer. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of BHRT before starting treatment. More research is needed to understand BHRT’s effects on these conditions fully.
BHRT is typically administered through creams, gels, or pellets inserted under the skin. We will order blood tests to follow your hormonal levels to ensure proper dosing and monitoring of hormone levels.
The hormones commonly used in BHRT include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Other hormones, such as DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) and thyroid hormones, may also be used depending on individual needs.
BHRT is often used to manage symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances, such as menopause, perimenopause, and andropause (male menopause). It can help alleviate symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue, low libido, cognitive changes, and more.
BHRT can be administered in various forms, including creams, gels, patches, injections, sublingual tablets, and pellets. The choice of administration method depends on individual preferences and the specific hormone being used.
BHRT is often considered a safer alternative to traditional HRT because bioidentical hormones closely mimic the body’s natural hormones. However, the safety and effectiveness of BHRT depend on proper diagnosis, individualized treatment plans, and the expertise of healthcare professionals prescribing and monitoring the therapy.
BHRT is not suitable for everyone. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider who specializes in hormone therapy to determine if BHRT is appropriate for your specific needs. Factors such as medical history, current medications, and individual health conditions must be considered.
Like any form of hormone therapy, BHRT may have potential side effects. These can vary depending on the individual, hormone dosage, and administration method. Common side effects may include breast tenderness, bloating, mood changes, and skin reactions at the application site. Working closely with a healthcare professional can help minimize potential side effects.
It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional who specializes in BHRT to receive personalized advice and guidance tailored to your individual health needs.
At Alluring Age we use BHRT along with peptides and nutraceuticals that supercharge the body’s ability to perform better at work and at home, making our lives more productive and enjoyable.