Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help reduce painful symptoms of a wide range of ailments. Doctors have used BHRT to aid in the treatment of migraines, depression, anxiety, and other ailments in both women and men. For women, BHRT can be a particularly effective treatment for addressing symptoms related to menopause. In this article, we will take a deeper look at how a hormonal imbalance creates menopause symptoms and discuss the relationship between bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and menopause relief.
If you would like to learn more about the full spectrum of conditions and ailments this therapy can be used to treat, please visit the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) page on our website. Aspire Regenerative is proud to offer BHRT to patients at our state-of-the-art facility in San Diego, California.
What Are Hormones and What Is Their Role in Menopause?
Hormones are the body’s signaling molecules. You can think of hormones as a musical conductor and their orchestra is the human body. Each section of instruments is like a different system within the body. With the conductor adeptly leading each group of instruments, you get a harmonious sound — or a body that is thriving. If the conductor misses a beat or falls out of sync, you can have entire sections of your orchestra playing at the wrong tempo — or a body that is struggling to keep itself together.
Hormones are produced by glands to send messages to cells in other parts of the body. They regulate everything from growth and metabolism to mood and sexual development. For women, estrogen hormones in particular play a vital role in signaling the onset of puberty, regulating menstrual cycles, and signaling changes that are necessary during pregnancy. They are also a key player in a woman’s transition into menopause.
As women transition into perimenopause and eventually menopause, estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate and naturally begin to decrease. In some cases, these hormonal levels fluctuate too rapidly, become imbalanced, or decrease suddenly, which causes a range of uncomfortable symptoms such as weight gain and night sweats. This is where bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help. Testing.com provides more information on hormone testing for women.
What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), sometimes referred to as “natural hormone therapy,” is used to restore balance to hormone levels when the body is unable to maintain optimal levels on its own. This can be achieved through several different methods, including:
- Implanted pellets
- Topically via a cream, gel, or patches
- Orally in the form of tablets or pills
The specific treatment used depends on the precise condition being treated, the severity of symptoms, and the patient’s unique medical history. Patients are monitored closely to ensure that the minimal possible dosage is used — just enough to restore balance.
Why Are Bioidentical Hormones Used?
Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones have a chemical structure that is identical to hormones produced within the human body. Bioidentical hormones are preferred for hormone replacement therapy because research suggests they have a lower risk of side effects (such as breast cancer) and are potentially more effective than their synthetic or animal-derived counterparts.
Does Hormone Therapy Reduce Menopause Symptoms?
Hormone replacement therapy is commonly used to alleviate symptoms associated with menopause. The North American Menopause Society released a position statement regarding this therapy in 2017 stating, “Hormone therapy (HT) remains the most effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms (VMS) and the genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) and has been shown to prevent bone loss and fracture.”
For women going through perimenopause or menopause, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can be used to reduce a myriad of symptoms, including:
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Vaginal Dryness
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Mood Swings
- Loss of Interest in Sex
- Pain During Sex
- Memory Loss
- Weight Gain
- Difficulty Falling Asleep
Also, there are anti-aging and beauty benefits associated with BHRT. Research has shown that estrogen can slow down the progression of skin aging, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while helping to maintain overall skin elasticity, hydration, and thickness.
While there are many benefits associated with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), it is important to consult your doctor and provide a full medical history before beginning treatment. There are side effects associated with BHRT, including bloating, acne, irritability, nausea, weight gain, and breast soreness. These can be mitigated through a thorough pre-treatment risk assessment, proper dosing, and regular diagnostic testing during therapy.
If you are interested in learning more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) or are seeking relief from symptoms associated with menopause, Aspire Regenerative is here to help. Book a consultation to receive personalized treatment recommendations. Our doctors will provide you with in-depth information on BHRT and other therapies that can help you reach your health and wellness goals.