Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that uses hormones that are structurally identical to the hormones produced naturally by the body. BHRT is often used to treat symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances, particularly in women going through menopause. In this blog, we will explore what bioidentical hormones are, how BHRT works, and the potential benefits and risks of this therapy.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are chemically identical to the hormones produced naturally in the body. These hormones are derived from plant sources, such as yams and soy, and are synthesized in a laboratory to create a product that is identical to the hormones produced by the body.
Unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy, which uses synthetic hormones that are similar to, but not identical to, the hormones produced by the body, bioidentical hormones are molecularly identical to the hormones produced by the body. This makes them a more natural option for hormone replacement therapy.
How Does Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy works by replacing the hormones that the body is no longer producing in sufficient quantities. This can help to alleviate the symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and decreased libido.
BHRT is one of the options we offer at The How Clinic. Although we offer other options, the majority of the patients receiving hormone optimization at The How Clinic are receiving BHRT. Before starting BHRT, Amy Lopez, PA-C, Dr Silberman or Dr. How will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are good candidate for this therapy. This evaluation may include blood tests to measure hormone levels, as well as a review of your medical history and current medications.
If it is determined that BHRT is appropriate, you will be prescribed a customized hormone treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. This treatment plan may include one or more types of bioidentical hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, or DHEA.
BHRT is typically administered in the form of creams, gels, pellets, or patches that are applied to the skin or inserted into the body. The dosage and duration of treatment will be determined by your healthcare provider based on yourspecific needs and response to treatment.
Potential Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
The potential benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can vary depending on the individual and the specific hormones being used. However, some of the potential benefits of BHRT may include:
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be a useful treatment option for individuals experiencing symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances, particularly women going through menopause. By replacing the hormones that the body is no longer producing in sufficient quantities, BHRT can help to alleviate a variety of symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, and decreased libido. Hormone replacement is not the right answer for everyone, but with some simple blood tests and a discussion with one of our expert providers we can help you determine if it is right for you!
Lastly, It is also important to note that hormone replacement therapy is not the only treatment option for hormonal imbalances. Lifestyle changes, such as exercise, healthy eating, and stress management, can also be effective for managing hormonal imbalances. Here at The How Clinic, our Naturopathic Doctor, health coach, and nutritionist are expert in providing guidance on these options as well.
Overall, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be a safe and effective treatment option for individuals experiencing symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances. By working closely with our team at The How Clinic you can determine if this therapy is the right choice for you, and can ensure that you are receiving safe and effective treatment for your specific needs.