Hormone Therapy involves the use of natural hormones to address the symptoms of menopause or andropause. The risks, benefits, and alternatives are discussed in using this therapy along with the contraindications. Many patients acquire a sense of improved overall well being using hormonal therapies.
Learn More About BHRT – Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy BHRT?
Bioidentical hormone therapy, often called “natural hormone therapy,” are lab-made hormones that behave just like those produced by the human body and have the same molecular structure. BHRT is no different than traditional hormone replacement therapy. Hormone therapy for menopause is used for hormonal imbalances in postmenopausal women and various women’s health and men’s health issues.
BHRT focuses on replacing the estrogens and progesterone. The body is no longer creating these hormones, so they are replaced with bioidentical estrogen, bioidentical estradiol, and bioidentical progesterone. Treatment will start with hormone testing to see where your levels of estradiol and progesterone are currently. Our doctors will also assess your medical history to check for increased risks of heart disease, cancer, and other medical issues before you start hormones for menopausal symptoms.
Taking estrogen and progesterone can also increase the risk of breast cancer, endometrial cancer, heart attack, stroke, and blood clots, so it is vital to work with a medical doctor to discuss the risks and benefits and decide if it’s a viable option for you. Hormone replacement therapy benefits include relieving most menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, reduced sex drive, and others.
If you experience common symptoms related to menopause like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, fatigue, and others, and would like to learn more about therapy for menopausal symptoms, give us a call. BHRT can help even if they are moderate to severe symptoms.
What Can You Expect When Taking Bioidentical Hormones?
The specific hormone therapy that each man or woman needs is determined by the physicians at Three Aspens. We will determine the alternatives to treat your particular situation after lab work and analysis of the pros and cons of your potential treatment.
If we are treating a woman for menopause there may be a consideration of progesterone, a form of estrogen, a compounded bioidentical hormone therapy of testosterone, or many other hormone preparations that may improve your situation. Menopausal hormone therapy can help improve your sleep, reduce joint pain, improve mood and help with concentration.
If we are considering hormone therapy or BHRT for andropause we will use only FDA approved hormones and weigh all the alternatives to help you with your symptoms. The treatment may include compounded hormones or specific hormones such as testosterone replacement therapy to take care of any hormone imbalance and to improve your sexual health, mental health, and other physiological changes you may be experiencing.
Our bioidentical hormone doctors always take into account the latest scientific evidence to ensure that the treatment plan is safer and more effective than a plan that does not involve extensive hormone health testing and analysis. Compounded bioidentical hormones can be introduced in a variety of ways and we will discuss the best approach for your particular situation so you can be part of the decision making about your treatment plan.
For more information about safety and efficacy, give our office a call to schedule an appointment with a hormone therapy specialist.