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BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
What is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?
The word "bio-identical hormones" refers to plant-derived hormones that are biologically the same as those produced in the body. These hormones are derived from plant tissues and are scientifically developed in laboratories to match natural human hormones accurately. Then the hormones are compounded into a simple and effective hormone delivery by creams, gels, pills, and pellets.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), like other forms of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), is designed to replace hormones that we lose during menopause and andropause. The restoration of lost hormones can alleviate symptoms resulting from hormonal imbalances.
When Should I Start BHRT?
Ideally, you should start BHRT when you realize that you suffer from peri-menopause, menopause or andropause symptoms that impede your ability to enjoy a high quality of life. This does not mean that BHRT alone can mitigate the negative effects of menopause or andropause. Lifestyle changes such as a healthier diet and physical activity could also help reduce these symptoms. Simply the combination of bio-identical hormones and a healthy lifestyle could be all that you need to correct the imbalance of your hormone levels.
Synthetic HRT vs BHRT
Quality is what distinguishes BHRT from traditional HRT that uses synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones are mass-produced and marketed to the general public in different predetermined strengths. BHRT uses natural hormones, often derived from plants, that are chemically similar to the natural hormones in the human body.
Risk With Synthetic HRT
High blood pressure, blood clots, higher risk of heart disease, and a higher risk of cancer are a few of the side effects with synthetic hormones/HRT.
Risks of BHRT
BHRT is used to treat symptoms of hormonal imbalances, such as hot flashes, sweats at night, libido loss, fatigue, weight gain, mood changes, and irritability. Benefits and risks are associated with BHRT, as are many other medicines. Bio-identical hormone advantages, however, far outweigh the risks. In general, the side effects of BHRT are mild if at all. All bio-identical hormones are compounded based on the individual diagnostic results of each patient. We have a detailed blog with more information here.
Where Do We Get Our BHRT?
At The WAE Clinic, we have vetted the pharmacies that we receive BHRT from, and we only cooperate with those who comply with the strictest federal quality and safety standards. These pharmacies also provide quality tests on the individual batches of their compound hormones.
Our practitioner will review your lab studies, comprehensive exam, and lifestyle factors to develop a personalized, extensive treatment plan. Men and women can achieve hormonal balance and improve overall health by combining BHRT, targeted supplementation, and lifestyle strategies tailored to their individual needs.
How do hormones get imbalanced?
- Hormone balancing is a keystone offering in the clinic’s wellness packages because it’s a common problem for men and women and affects your overall health. When you have too much or too little of a hormone an imbalance occurs. There are a variety of reasons why:
- Poor Diet
- Chronic disease
It’s crucial to keep your hormones in balance because they regulate almost all of your body’s major functions.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HORMONE IMBALANCE?
Symptoms vary from person to person and depend on which hormones are out of balance. Some of the telltale symptoms of hormone imbalance include:
Anxiety, Blood pressure fluctuation, Blurry vision, Brain fog, Brittle bones, Difficulty concentrating or lack of focus, Fatigue and exhaustion, Hair loss, Headaches, Infertility, Low libido, Mood swings or depression, Trouble sleeping, Vaginal dryness, Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
Talk to your medical team about your individual concerns, so they can customize your wellness package to address your hormone imbalance.
How does my provider administer bio-identical hormones?
The WAE Clinic, PLLC offers bioidentical hormones in a number of formats:
Oral, Topical, Pellets, Injections
A sample of your saliva, urine, or blood helps your provider understand your hormone levels. The WAE Clinic, PLLC, uses the DUTCH Complete™ test to ensure that you are safely metabolizing your hormones. Based on the findings, the team can tailor a mix of bio-identical hormones just for you.
Benefits of BHRT
Both men and women can get relief from a wide range of symptoms that occur when hormones are depleted or unbalanced.
Benefits of BHRT Include:
Decreased risk of heart disease, Diminished risk of depression, Improved bone density, Improved cholesterol, Preservation of muscle mass and strength, Reduced risk of endometrial and breast cancer, Reduced risk of osteoporosis, Reduction in hot flashes and vaginal dryness
Reported Improvements In Women Include:
Anxiety, Decline in mental clarity, Depression, Higher incidence of injury or illness, Hot flashes, Impaired sexual function, Increases in body fat, Irregular sleep patterns, Loss of body strength, Loss of lean muscle mass, Low libido, Lower energy levels, Mood swings, Night sweats, Slower healing from illness or injury, Unexplained weight gain
Effects of BHRT on Men Include:
Accelerated wound healing, Boosted energy levels, Enhanced sexual performance and stamina, Improved blood cholesterol levels, Improved sexual desire, Increased bone density, Increased muscular strength, Maximized mental function, Reduced body fat, Reduced risk of heart disease, Increased lean body mass, Stabilized moods
See a thorough review of the medical literature here.
With the clinic’s whole-person approach to health care, your provider develops your hormone replacement plan in conjunction with your overall health and wellness goals.
Check out our other hormone blogs with natural ways to support your hormones.