What is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHRT)?
BHRT can be used to treat women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced. It’s most frequently used to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Common reasons to use BHRT are:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of libido
- Pain during sex
- Problems sleeping
- Loss of energy
- Loss of muscle mass
- Weight gain
- Foggy thinking
- Mood changes
- Memory loss
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy uses man-made hormones that are the same molecular structure as the ones your make.
What do bioidentical hormones do?
Our female hormones swell and fall many times during our period cycle. Due to our age, egg reserve, nutrition, stress, insulin regulation and testosterone levels (e.g. PCOS), those swells and falls can greatly impact how we feel.
Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) can help to balance out the highs and lows to improve mood, brain fog, sleep quality and quantity, vaginal and pelvic floor health, hot flashes, bone health and support healthy ovulation. There is much more growing research available supporting hormone use for bone health, brain health, dementia prevention, mood health, cardiovascular and metabolic health.
Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?
Any type of hormone-based therapy including bioidentical hormones carries risks. Routes of deliver such as topical, vaginal, oral affects how hormones are absorbed in your body. Topical bio-identical hormones therapy of estrogen and oral progesterone (this is not progestin, which is a synthetic progesterone) do not carry the same level of risk as what traditional HRT treatments studies found when using oral estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone).
The best way to determine if bioidentical hormone therapy is for you is to have a discussion with Dr. Mary to see if you are a candidate for bioidentical hormone therapy.
How do you take Bioidentical hormones?
Hormones can be taken orally, topically as a cream or gel, vaginally, and as a patch. The best route of delivery and dose depends on your symptoms and your needs. Talk with Dr. Mary to find out the best way to take your hormones for your unique health goals..
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