Bioidentical Hormone Therapy- A New Experience towards a Healthier Life
Hormones control our body functions. They serve as communicators and regulate our body and we generally first become aware of their impact on us during puberty. Then years pass before they raise the heads again above the parapet and it’s a full on assault. Actually, any slight imbalance in your hormonal system can have a significant effect on your health and comfort.
As any women who experiences perimenopause or menopause symptoms due to hormonal changes can attest, these changes do affect our quality of life, but it isn’t openly discussed.
Despite the fact that 85% of women in menopause suffer from some form of hot flashes and night sweats, only 25% seek help. In large part this is because many health care providers simply say, “Menopause is normal” but offer no treatment options. There ARE options for your suffering. Among them, one is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHRT). Before we discuss its benefits. Let’s try to understand what is a bioidentical hormone? And what is bio-identical hormone therapy?
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones, are hormones that are derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those your body used to produce. The most commonly produced Bio-identical hormones are Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. (Yes many women benefit from small does of testosterone!)
What exactly is BHRT?
BHRT, is an alternative hormone replacement therapy in contrast to the traditional hormone therapy because BHRT components are chemically identical to the natural hormones produces in our body, the body can’t distinguish them as foreign substances. Therefore, associated health risks from BHRT may be lower and women counter fewer side effects.
BHRT is used to treat both men and women but it is most commonly used to ease the symptoms of perimenopause or menopause.
Benefits of BHRT
In contrast to traditional Hormone replacement therapy. The top 3 benefits of BHRT are:
- Better symptom control
- Fewer side-effects
- Fewer long-term health-associated risks
For women who are in their perimenopause or menopause phase, BHRT helps to improve those aggravating and life-compromising symptoms such as:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Mood changes
- Weight gain
- Sleep disturbance
Moreover, it can also be used assist in the treatment of other medical conditions such as:
- Insulin resistance
- Adrenal and thyroid disorders
It also may reduce the risk of diabetes, tooth loss, and cataracts. Some studies suggested that BHRT can support improvements in skin thickness, boosts elasticity, and can even aid in the reduction of wrinkles.
Because hormones play a big role in the regulation of our bodily functions, this list of benefits is only a start. BHRT helps to stabilize your hormone levels so you feel good about your well-being – and more like yourself again.
We always advise a discussion with our telemedicine team or your local OB-GYN or osteopath.