Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
If you suffer from a hormonal imbalance that is causing you discomfort and you’re considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, San Diego clinicians at Aspire Regenerative are here to help. This innovative therapy can help alleviate symptoms of menopause and andropause, help reclaim youthful energy levels, help you get a better night’s sleep, and much more.
What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormones are essentially the chemical messengers of the human body. They transport instructions throughout the body which stimulate different cells to carry out an array of functions necessary for our survival.
Hormones control if you feel hungry or full. They tell your body when to store fat and when to burn those fat cells for energy. In women, estrogen hormones are what prepare breasts to produce milk after giving birth. As we age, the production of certain hormones begins to naturally decrease. A reduction in estrogen, for example, starts a woman’s transition into menopause.
Unfortunately, sometimes the hormonal levels within a person’s body can become imbalanced or start to decrease too rapidly, and when this happens it can cause great discomfort. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps treat these hormonal imbalances. By supplying the body with hormones that are chemically identical to the ones the body itself produces, this therapy works to correct hormonal imbalances.
How Are Bioidentical Hormones Different From Synthetic Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones, which are typically made from plant estrogens, have the exact same molecular and chemical structure as native hormones found within the human body. Synthetic hormones are not biologically identical and because of this, the body reacts to them differently. This reaction can cause side effects, including an increased risk of contracting blood clots, heart disease, breast cancer, and having a stroke.
Doctors have begun using bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT), sometimes called “natural hormone therapy,” as an alternative to synthetic hormone therapies (HRT). One of the primary reasons for this is that clinical studies have shown BHRT to be more effective than HRT. In addition, BHRT is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease than HRT.
What Are the Benefits of BHRT?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an effective treatment for both men and women. BHRT doctors may recommend this treatment to help with a wide range of ailments, including:
- Insomnia and other sleep issues
- Chronic fatigue
- Memory loss
- Low libido
- Hair thinning
- Weight gain
- Insulin Resistance
BHRT can also help women who are suffering from the following symptoms of menopause or perimenopause:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
BHRT is sometimes used as an anti-aging treatment. It has shown promising results as a means of increasing skin thickness, elasticity, and hydration, while reducing wrinkles. In addition, BHRT can help reduce the side effects and symptoms of certain cancer treatments.
It is important to note that there can be side effects associated with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. You should provide your doctor with a full medical history and address any concerns before beginning this or any new therapy. Some of the known side effects of BHRT include irritability, nausea, soreness or pain in the breasts, acne, and hair growth.
How Are Bioidentical Hormones Administered?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy doctors tailor this treatment to each individual patient. You will need to be monitored closely while you are undergoing this therapy, so that your doctor can make sure you are on the lowest dose of hormones possible to achieve the intended results.
Bioidentical hormones can be administered in a variety of forms, including implanted pellets, injections, patches, gels, and creams. Your doctor will determine which form is best for you.
Interested in learning more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy? Book a consultation with one of our BHRT therapy San Diego doctors. Our clinicians can answer any questions you may have and even suggest other treatment options based on your specific health and wellness goals.