BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (BHRT)
Aging can be a scary prospect. In addition to the general stress and pains of growing old, we go through a number of physical and mental changes; for women, menopause is a major concern while men deal with andropause and low testosterone. Many of these age-related issues are the result of a hormonal imbalance. Excessive or reduced levels of testosterone, estrogen and progesterone can wreak havoc on your system, which is where we come in. We take the time and tests needed to identify your situation and help restore a proper balance.
What is BHRT ?
BHRT is a way to fight aging and balance your hormones through the use of biologically and chemically identical hormones; making it a better choice than conventional HRT which uses synthetics. Options to administer BHRT include:
- Skin patches
- Increased sex drive
- Weight loss
- More energy
- Reduced pain
- Better mood
- Regained strength
Recently there has been a lot of controversy in the news regarding bioidentical hormones, particularly with drug companies trying to discredit compounding pharmacies and influence the FDA to make obtaining bioidentical hormones more difficult. So, what are bioidentical hormones and why use them?
Bioidentical hormones are hormones derived from plants processed to look exactly like the hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, etc.) human bodies make on their own, thus “bioidentical.”
Most traditional hormone replacement therapies use synthetic versions of these molecules which have been altered in such a way that they can be patented.
Unfortunately the synthetic alterations often make it more difficult for the body to metabolize and detoxify these substances. Thus, they may be more likely to create unwanted or long term harmful side effects such as thyroid disturbances, insulin resistance and even cancer. It is important to understand that all hormones, even bioidentical ones need to be used judiciously, with attention to creating balance in the whole person. Not only do we need to evaluate estrogen levels but also thyroid and adrenal function, assess gastrointestinal function, and understand how all areas are influenced by nutrients, diet, stress levels, personal history, environmental toxicity and psycho-spiritual well-being.