As we age, hormone levels decline, which can cause significant changes in the body such as lack of energy, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, and loss of libido. Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) is administered to balance hormone levels and improve these symptoms.
BHRT also helps to reduce the risks of certain diseases associated with aging, including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and stroke. Synthetic hormones are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and do not share the same molecular structure as human hormones. They also introduce foreign substances that produce toxic by-products, which can cause a wide array of side effects and more serious conditions such as an increased risk of cancer and heart disease. The side effects can end up being worse than the hormone imbalance.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is derived from plants and is biologically identical to the molecular structure of the hormones found in your body. BHRT is natural, safe and free of the risks associated with synthetic hormones. BHRT is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to synthetic hormone replacement therapy, particularly because of studies showing the long-term health benefits of reducing the risks of certain diseases.
There is a long list of benefits resulting from hormone therapy. Many patients are finally able to shed unwanted weight, a common problem among women over 40. Lower estrogen can make it harder to lose weight and easier to gain because the body holds onto excess fat in an attempt to preserve estrogen, which is stored in fat cells.
- Increased vitality, energy, drive, and focus
- Increased sexual libido and improvement in overall sexual health
- May increase overall bone density
- Helps weight management, muscle development, and may reduce visceral fat
- May reduce diabetes
- Improves sleeping
- Decreased risk of heart disease, prostate, breast and uterine cancers
- Improved mental health and decreased risk of dementia
As part of the natural aging process, women will go through perimenopause followed by menopause. While most women know quite a bit about menopause, many don’t realize that significant hormonal changes begin years before you experience changes in your menstrual cycle.
Perimenopause typically begins between your 30’s and 40’s and about 8-10 years ahead of when you will enter menopause. Perimenopause is marked by a drop in estrogen, which is the main female hormone produced by the ovaries. The estrogen levels can also fluctuate up or down more than a normal 28-day cycle, which can cause irregular periods and other symptoms.
As you progress towards menopause, estrogen levels will continue to decline. The phase of menopause can last for as little as a few months and as long as four years. Although both stages are part of the same overall life transition, perimenopause and menopause have differences in terms of symptoms and treatment options. As with any abnormal symptoms, it is recommended that you see your OB-GYN.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that affects one in 10 women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance and metabolism problems that may affect their overall health and appearance. With PCOS, the egg in the ovary may not be released as it should be, or may not develop properly, and women often experience missed or irregular periods. These missed or irregular periods may lead to cysts on the ovaries.
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Excessive hair on the face, chin, or parts of the body where men usually have hair
- Acne on the face, chest, and upper back
- Thinning hair or hair loss
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Darkening of skin, particularly along neck creases, in the groin, and underneath breasts
- Skin tags, which are small excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
PCOS is mainly the result of a hormone imbalance, so BHRT is potentially the best treatment for managing the symptoms associated with it.
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BioSpa requires an initial consultation to review your medical history and current symptoms. Upon completion of your first visit, you will be required to have extensive lab work done prior to your next visit. Results of these tests will be reviewed with you in person along with recommendations for treatment.
Once you begin your BHRT, we will need to see you approximately every 3 months to evaluate the effectiveness in managing your original symptoms. We will re-prescribe as needed.
BHRT is prepared at a compounding pharmacy with unique mixes of natural ingredients to match the hormones you are missing at the levels you need them. Synthetic hormone replacement therapies are mass-produced. Natural hormone treatment can be tried at low does to see if there are some noticeable affects with no side effects before increasing dosage, and BHRT can be used in formula combinations that address a variety of hormone imbalances and deficiencies.
Bioidentical hormone treatment may not need to be done forever. Once levels return to normal and your symptoms are under control, you can stop. After that, if your symptoms return, we ask that you make an appointment to be re-evaluated