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.
Is BHRT Safe?
Perhaps you’ve heard warnings against the long-term use of traditional hormone therapy due to an increased risk of breast cancer, blood clots, stroke and heart disease. BHRT is an alternative to synthetic hormones that was specifically developed in response to these safety warnings.
While bioidentical hormones are made in a lab, they have the exact chemical and molecular structure as the hormones your body produces naturally. This differs from other lab-made hormones that work by binding to estrogen receptors to make them more reactive. As a result, your body can’t tell the difference between naturally occurring hormones and the bioidentical ones you introduce.
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Although some people think hormone replacement therapy is only for women approaching or going through menopause, this treatment is appropriate for both men and women. After all, each gender faces hormone-related symptoms of aging, which may be physical, mental or emotional in nature.
Patients who receive customized bioidentical hormone replacement therapy commonly report an improved quality of life. Here are the benefits BHRT provides:
- Stronger sex drive
- Better mental clarity
- Decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Increased sense of wellbeing
- Improved ability to lose fat and build muscle
- Thicker hair growth
- Healthier skin
- Reduced bloating
- More energy during the day
- Ability to sleep more soundly at night
- Fewer hot flashes and night sweats
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.
If you’re interested in learning more about BHRT, the first step is to find out if you’re a good candidate for this treatment. Start by filling out this wellness screen from the Hormone Therapy Centers of America. Then, contact Effective Integrative Healthcare to schedule a consultation. We have locations in Crofton, Millersville and Lanham, MD to conveniently serve you.