Your body produces hormones that act as messengers to tell various parts of your body when and how to work. They control nearly all your bodily functions, from your brain to your digestive system to your sex drive. When you age, your body starts to produce fewer hormones, and you experience symptoms that make you feel less like your younger, energetic self. Fortunately, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is available to help you perk back up.
While you may have heard some bad press about traditional HRT — which was made from animal hormones — the negative conclusions associating HRT with adverse health events are now considered flawed and unreliable. The professionals at Columbia Fertility Associates recommend BHRT because it helps resolve symptoms and preserve healthy physiology, while working with your body’s own natural systems.
Bioidentical Hormones: The Natural Approach to Hormone Replacement Therapy
Perhaps the most important benefit of bioidentical hormones is their resemblance to the structure of human hormones. The hormones used in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or BRHT are derived from plant-based materials that closely resemble the structure of estrogen and testosterone. So, they’re very similar to the hormones used in the human body.
Due to this similarity, BHRT hormones are more easily accepted by your body, meaning they’re a safer treatment. Plus, they’re proven effective for the treatment of hormone imbalance. Their structure decreases your chances of having any adverse reaction after your therapy.
Here are some benefits of taking BHRT while you’re in perimenopause or menopause:
Matches Your Body’s Own Hormones
With bioidentical hormones, you’re not trying to balance your hormones using other animals’ estrogen, such as that found in mares’ urine. Instead, bioidentical hormones are created from plant sources such as soy and yam. The estrogens in the plants are synthesized so they exactly mimic the chemical structures of hormones found in the human body. At Columbia Fertility Associates, we go a step further by having a compounding lab create a custom-designed BHRT that’s tailored to your individual chemistry and needs.
Because the structure of bioidentical hormones is the same as the chemical structure of your own hormones, your body accepts them more readily. You’re less likely to have side effects and can take them safely over the long term.
You can get BHRT in many forms, including a surgically inserted pellet, oral formulations, and topical preparations. Once you start BHRT, your body takes about 10 days to adjust to the new hormones. You should soon begin to notice a change in your symptoms and in your overall energy level and mood.
Controls Hot Flashes And Night Sweats
Those uncomfortable surges of heat that make you peel off layers during the day or wake up sweating at night are caused by your hypothalamus, which is your body’s thermostat. When your hormones are out of balance, your hypothalamus overreacts to even slight changes in temperature. After BHRT, your hormone levels stabilize and your hypothalamus becomes less reactive.
Promotes Better Sleep And Mood
Balanced hormones help your body and brain function optimally. Getting a good night’s sleep also helps improve your mood by giving your brain the restorative rest it needs.
Gives You Better Skin, Hair, And Bones
You don’t feel old, so why should you look like it? When you restore your body’s healthy hormonal balance, your skin starts to act younger again, too. Your body ramps up production of the proteins collagen and elastin, which give your skin support and flexibility, so you have:
- Less sagging
- Fewer wrinkles
- Smoother skin
- Tighter skin
- A healthier glow
The drop in testosterone during menopause may cause you to develop a “V” shaped hairline that’s usually associated with male-pattern baldness. Restore your estrogen, and your follicles start to produce new hairs again.
When you’re in menopause, your body produces more osteoclasts — which breaks down old bone — than it does of fresh new osteoblasts (new bone cells).Restoring estrogen levels with BHRT normalizes bone resorption and bone building, reducing your risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Types of BHRT Treatments
BHRT pellets, injections, troches or creams provide hormone replacement. For example, the pellets can be inserted right beneath your skin and start to administer hormones immediately. Or, we can provide an easy-to-apply cream for topical use.
Benefits Of Bhrt Pellets
Multiple delivery methods exist for BHRT, including creams, gels, patches, pills, injections and implanted pellets. The pellet form offers distinct advantages over these other options. This tiny implant is only the size of a grain of rice, but it delivers a steady, customized dose of hormones to treat your symptoms consistently. This eliminates the highs and lows of other hormone delivery methods. It’s also more convenient because it offers long-acting results with no effort on your part.
Bioidentical hormone therapy is one of the regenerative medicine treatments offered at Integrative Telemedicine. Our physicians will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your condition in order to determine which treatment might be best for you. They will explain your options so that you can make a decision you’re most comfortable with.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, call our friendly staff today at (520) 396-4866 or fill out our online request form. We look forward to being your healthcare partner.
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