Exploring Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT): Understanding Its Impact on Men and Women

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BHRT For Women and Men

Are you tired of feeling constantly fatigued, moody, and out of balance? If so, it might be time to discover the benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). BHRT offers a natural and personalized approach to hormone balance, helping you reclaim your vitality and well-being. Dive into the world of BHRT and unlock the potential for a happier, healthier you.

What Is BHRT And What Makes It Different?

BHRT (bioidentical hormone replacement therapy) is a form of HRT that uses ‘bioidentical’ hormones derived from plants and chemically identical to those found naturally in the body. Traditional hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic hormones from various sources. The raw materials for bioidentical hormones are sourced from plants such as soy or yam, which contain compounds that can be chemically modified to create bioidentical hormones.

BHRT is available in several different forms, allowing patients to find the treatment that best suits them. The forms available include:

  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Pellets
  • Pills
  • Injections

BHRT For Men – What Are The Benefits?

When discussing hormone imbalance, men are not typically those who come to mind. However, men can suffer from this much the same as women. Most commonly, men suffer from low testosterone levels, although other hormonal imbalances can also be experienced.

Men experiencing hormonal imbalance may experience a wide variety of symptoms, including:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Low libido
  • Weight Gain or loss of muscle mass
  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Irritability
  • Trouble thinking clearly

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, there is a solution! With BHRT, you can regain that healthy, youthful feeling again.  Balancing those hormones will help you restore your muscle mass, decrease anxiety, improve your mood, increase your libido, and so on!

BHRT For Women – What Are The Benefits?

Women are thought to experience hormone imbalance only when in menopause. However, these symptoms can start at a young age or during perimenopause (typically in the mid-thirties to early forties). Many hormones, most commonly estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, could be out of balance.

Women experiencing hormonal imbalance can experience a wide variety of symptoms, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Severe PMS
  •  Discomfort during intercourse
  • Hot flashes
  • Loss of libido
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • Mood swings

Experiencing these symptoms can have an extremely negative impact on a woman’s quality of life, as well as affect relationships with others.  Don’t fret. Hormone replacement therapy is commonly used for relieving those menopause symptoms and returning quality of life!

How Long Until I See Results From BHRT?

Some patients report feeling relief within a week or two, including better sleep, improved mood, higher energy levels, and lessened hot flash attacks.  However, most of the long-term benefits from BHRT can take approximately 8-10 weeks to see those results fully.

Is BHRT Safe?

As with any medical treatment, certain risks or side effects are associated with BHRT. It is crucial that you discuss all health concerns or conditions, health history, and medications with your healthcare provider so that they can determine whether BHRT is a suitable treatment for you.

On occasion, patients may experience mild side effects associated with hormone replacement, including:

  • Fluid retention
  • Breast tenderness
  • Acne
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Changes in hair and skin
  • Mood changes

It is essential that you discuss any side effects you may experience with your healthcare provider. Your dosing may need to be adjusted to alleviate your symptoms and side effects. Continued monitoring of hormone levels is also critical to help maintain the proper levels in your body and those administered to you.

Studies show that BHRT is a much safer alternative than traditional HRT.  Traditional HRT, being that is a synthetic hormone, is known to increase the risk of breast cancer, blood clots, and stroke. Again, this is why it is of the utmost importance to discuss your health history with your healthcare provider.

How Do I Know If BHRT Is Right For Me?

BHRT is worth considering if you have reached your mid-thirties to early forties or are experiencing the symptoms listed above. Of course, your medical provider will determine whether or not you are a candidate based on a thorough wellness evaluation and lab work.

How Do I Get Started With BHRT?

That is a great question! First, you must find a trusted, qualified healthcare professional specializing in BHRT. Advanced Medical Spas may be the place for you! To start, you will need a Wellness evaluation to discuss your symptoms, health history, and any medications you are currently taking, whether prescribed or over the counter (all are important to note). From there, you must have bloodwork done to test your hormone levels. This will give our providers a baseline on you individually and tell them where to start.

A customized treatment plan will be created once your labs are drawn and it is determined that BHRT is the right solution for you. This treatment course requires continuous monitoring, no matter which form of BHRT you use, and we can schedule your follow-up visits in advance. Your hormone levels must be rechecked regularly to ensure proper dosages.

FAQs

Will I Grow Unwanted Hair With BHRT?

Bioidentical hormones are less likely to cause excess hair growth than synthetic ones. Occasionally, you will see some increased hair growth, typically on the face. However, it’s normally only expected in your thirties. This is also dependent on the types of hormones that you are receiving.

Will BHRT Cause Me To Lose Weight?

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can significantly impact how both men and women feel and function. Many individuals notice a considerable improvement in their energy levels and overall mood, in addition to an increase in lean body mass and a reduction in fat, leading to a healthier body composition. With proper diet and exercise, they find that they have a much easier time losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight.

Is The Cost For Labs Included In The Treatment Price?

Our HRT membership offers a $300 savings and includes labs. Without the membership, the cost of labs is not included in the treatment price.

What Is Causing Me To Have A Period Again?

Menopause is confirmed when a woman goes without a period for at least 12 months. If you take BHRT (Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy), it won’t make you have a regular menstrual cycle again. However, menopausal women can experience spotting as they adjust to their protocols and as their healthcare provider finds the proper hormone dosage. It takes a careful balance of Estrogen and Progesterone to relieve hormone imbalance symptoms while avoiding the buildup of tissues in the uterus that causes menstruation. This spotting is typically nothing to worry about and will resolve as patients reach hormone optimization.

Women who are in the perimenopausal stage may still experience periods, even if they have hormone imbalance symptoms. However, if the hormone levels are balanced, the periods may become more regular and predictable. During perimenopause, changes in estrogen can result in more challenging periods, but BHRT may help make menstruation easier.

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