Hormone Replacement Therapy: Remember Puberty?

February 10, 2021 0 Comments
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Emotions swirling, moods swinging, feelings of anxiety, and maybe even depression? Puberty is a prime example of what happens when your hormones are not balanced. If you are suffering the symptoms of hormonal imbalance, you’ve likely tried a lot of things to help you feel better.

  • Maybe you’ve changed your diet
  • Started a regular exercise plan
  • Addressed bad sleep habits
  • Integrated stress-relief practices

But, these alone may not be giving you the relief you crave. The best way to treat your hormone imbalance is by rebalancing your hormones. So, this is where bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

What Is BHRT?

We use BHRT to treat men and women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced. It’s most frequently used to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. And, many use it to improve symptoms of cancer treatment or to treat conditions such as:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia

But, What Are Bio-Identical Hormones?

Bio-identical hormones are so named because they are identical in molecular structure to the human body’s hormones.

It’s important to understand that although these bio-identical hormones act in the body just like the hormones that we produce, they are not found in this form in nature. They are made or synthesized from a plant chemical extracted from yams and soy.

Hormones most commonly replicated and used in the treatment are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Bioidentical hormones come in various treatment forms, including:

  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Injections
  • Pellets

Why Is It Important for Hormones to Be Bioidentical?

A base of cholesterol makes up human hormones. They have specialized attachments that allow them to fit perfectly into receptor molecules in your body. And, when a hormone perfectly nestles into a receptor, it tells that receptor to turn on or off certain behaviors.

This is how hormones act as command stations making us act in specific ways and feel certain things.

  • When you need additional hormone helpers, doesn’t it make sense for these helpers to be structurally similar to your natural hormones?
  • Don’t you want hormones that fit perfectly into your body’s receptor molecules and act on them as one of your hormones would?

Yes, of course!

Do Providers Use BHRT Commonly?

Providers use the compounded type of bio-identical hormones most in menopausal women. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) reports about 1.4 million women use BHRT to treat their symptoms.

According to NAMS, this comprises 40% of all hormone therapy prescriptions in women who are in menopause. Unfortunately, researchers have not studied the number of men using this treatment yet.

Are These Symptoms Making Your Life Unmanageable?

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Pain during sex
  • Problems sleeping
  • Loss of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Weight gain
  • Foggy thinking
  • Mood changes
  • Memory loss

Contact Us Today

If the answer is yes, then it is time to call us! Lastly, we will meet with you, perform blood tests, and develop a treatment plan just for you.

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