Your hormones play an important role in your body’s functions — from growth and development to metabolism and even fat distribution, these chemical messengers are crucial to your health. As we age, our bodies slow down and/or decrease the production of certain hormones. Women, for example, will experience a drop in estrogen and progesterone levels, which leads to multiple menopause symptoms. Men undergo a steady decline in hormone levels beginning after the age of 20, also known as andropause. If you’ve noticed hormonal changes are taking a toll on your quality of life, you may consider bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to restore balance and ease your symptoms.
Let’s dive into this life-changing treatment and how it relieves disruptive symptoms:
Causes of hormonal imbalances can vary.
Changes in hormone levels are often a natural part of the aging process, but hormonal changes can also be caused by things like pregnancy, chronic stress, an overactive or underactive thyroid, endocrine gland injury and the use of certain medications. Medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), early menopause, primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) and ovarian cancer have also been shown to cause hormonal imbalances.
BHRT is tailored to your body’s needs.
Following an assessment of your hormone and thyroid levels, we will personalize a treatment regimen that meets your body’s unique needs, restoring proper hormone levels. After the first few weeks of treatment, BHRT will begin to rebalance the body’s levels of testosterone or estrogen, allowing you to feel healthier, more fulfilled and freer from troublesome symptoms. Plus, having proper hormone levels may help lower your risk of chronic health problems such as heart disease, high cholesterol and depression.
BHRT helps with a number of symptoms.
Hormones are vital to your body’s stability, and disruptions can cause a wide range of bothersome symptoms. In restoring balance to the body, BHRT relieves decreased energy levels, weak bone density, disrupted sleep patterns, brain fog, fatigue, decreased sex drive, low libido, muscle weakness, hot flashes, night sweats, migraines and more.
BHRT can be administered in multiple ways.
Hormone replacement therapy is commonly administered via pellets, which are inserted underneath the skin. This allows the hormones to absorb directly into the bloodstream, making them continuously available to the body. Pellets typically last three to four months for females and four to six months for males. Other methods of administration may include topical creams, troches and injections.