Understanding Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
What are hormones?
Simply put, hormones are chemical messengers. They play a vital role in just about every bodily process from digestion to sexual performance! Hormones are produced and released by your glands. You have many glands that make up your endocrine system.
Your body readily reacts to the presence of the naturally occurring hormones produced by your glands. Many of the most critical hormones are released directly into your blood. Most of the time only a small amount of a given hormone is required to bring about the effect it is supposed to stimulate. That is why maintaining a proper hormone balance is so important for optimal health and wellness.
Even very small fluctuations in your hormone levels can lead to major changes in your body.
Several hormones are related to strength, youth and vitality. These include:
- Human growth hormone
- Thyroid hormones
However, though they play a critical role, unfortunately the production of all of these hormones tends to decrease the older you get. It is the lower levels of these age-related hormones which often result in the conditions we commonly think of as “growing old,” such as:
- Lowered libido
- Depression and anxiety
- Decreased metabolism
- Sexual wellness issues
- Cognitive difficulties
Bioidentical Hormone therapy is a medically proven, safe procedure designed to bring your hormone levels back in balance, so you can live a better, and more productive life.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy – BHRT
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is designed to give you back what time and nature have taken away. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT is for men and for women.
Bioidentical hormone therapy is the safest and most effective kind of hormone replacement therapy there is!
As you may have figured out from the name, “bioidentical” hormones exactly match the hormones such as testosterone and estrogen that are produced by your body. They are literally carbon copies of those hormones on a chemical and molecular level.
Since there is no difference between the hormones given to you during your Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and the ones naturally produced by your body, they are better for you than synthetic hormones.
Synthetic hormones are also used in hormone replacement therapy. Synthetic hormones are manufactured by big drug companies. They are not recognized or used as efficiently by your body as bioidentical hormones.
Bioidentical hormones also tend to have less side effects than synthetic hormones. A synthetic hormone is not the same thing as the hormones made by your body. Pharmaceutical companies purposely make synthetic hormones different than bioidentical hormones so they can patent them as product and make more profits.
Almost all of the risks associated with hormone replacement therapy, involved the use of synthetic hormones, and not bioidentical hormones.
Bioidentical hormone therapy uses hormones that are derived from all natural sources, and are custom compounded to your exact needs.
How Do I Know If I Need BHRT?
Low levels of age-related hormones in men and women affect three key areas of life:
- physical wellbeing
- sexual wellness
- mental/emotional health
The typical symptoms of someone who could benefit from bioidentical hormone therapy include:
- Fatigue and a general lack of energy
- Weight gain, increased body fat and loss of lean muscle
- Sexual performance issues such as lack of libido or erectile dysfunction
- Depression and a loss of motivation
- Anxiety, increased irritability and/or other mood changes
- Cognitive difficulties, lack of concentration or “foggy thinking”
The only way to determine if you are deficient or have an imbalance of one or more of your vital hormones is with proper blood tests.
Blood testing, like we do at the Bio Identical Hormone Clinic is the most accurate way to determine if you are a candidate for bio-identical hormone therapy.
Once we take a small sample of your blood, we run a series of sophisticated lab tests and panels to accurately determine your hormone levels.
When it comes to developing a plan of bio-identical hormone therapy, understand that what may be a “normal” level for you, may be different for someone else.
That is why at Bio Identical Hormone Clinic we use the latest in diagnostic tools, and our years of experience to determine the best bioidentical hormone therapy program for your individual needs.
Contact us today to see if bioidentical hormone therapy right for you!