As you age, you may begin to notice physical and emotional changes in yourself. Maybe you are tired all the time, have a low sex drive, put on weight more easily, or struggle to focus and think clearly. These are all symptoms of hormone deficiencies that occur naturally with age. If you struggle with any of these issues, you may want to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
While bioidentical hormones are manufactured in a laboratory, they feature the exact chemical and molecular structure as the hormones found in your body. This differs from other lab-made hormones that work by binding to estrogen receptors to make the more reactive. Your body can’t tell the difference between natural hormones—such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone—and their bioidentical counterparts, making them incredibly effective at treating hormone deficiency.
What Can BHRT Treat?
Both men and women can benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. However, older women experiencing menopause and perimenopause are the most likely group to seek out bioidentical hormones. Common symptoms that BHRT can treat include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Vaginal dryness causing pain during sex
- Low sex drive
- Difficulty sleeping
- Muscle loss and weight gain
- Foggy thinking and memory loss
- Mood changes
- Thinning hair
- Dry skin
How are Bioidentical Hormones Administered?
Multiple delivery methods exist, including pills, gels, creams, injections, and implanted pellets. At Effective Integrative Healthcare, we offer the pellet version for its many beneficial qualities. Once the tiny pellet is implanted under the skin, it delivers a steady, customized dose of hormones. There are no highs and lows, and you can effortlessly enjoy the long-lasting results of the implant.
Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?
You may have heard that long-term use of traditional hormones can increase the risk of breast cancer, blood clots, heart disease, and stroke. Bioidentical hormone pellets were developed in direct response to these safety concerns. They are FDA-approved and have been tested to ensure safe use in people.
What are the Side Effects of BHRT?
Side effects are most likely to occur at the start of therapy when your body hasn’t grown accustomed to the increased hormone level. Your dose can be adjusted to lessen any potential side effects, which may include:
- Weight gain
- Blurred vision
- Increased facial hair (in women)
- Tender breasts
- Cramping and bloating
- Spotting (in women)
- Mood swings
Am I a Candidate for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The best way to find out if bioidentical hormones may be right for you is to fill out this wellness screening from the Hormone Therapy Centers of America. Then, call Effective Integrative Healthcare to schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Millersville, Crofton, or Lanham, MD. We’ll tell you what you need to know about aging healthier and living happier with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy!