Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Right For You?
We tend to take our hormone balance for granted – until the balance shifts. When hormonal levels start to decline, we can experience symptoms such as low libido, depression, weight gain, and foggy thinking. In other words, we start to feel older than we want to feel.
Do you have an unshakeable feeling that there’s something missing in your life? You may have heard about BHRT and wonder if it could help you to feel better.
Hormonal Issues Can Affect Men And Women
Many of our patients, regardless of gender, come to us with slightly intangible complaints – low energy levels, a libido that simply isn’t what it used to be, or even simply feeling less positive than usual. Sometimes the connection to hormones can be fairly direct – as a woman you may be experiencing hot flashes and symptoms of menopause for example. Other times the link to hormonal imbalance is less obvious and a little detective work is required to figure it out.
If you’re not feeling 100%, suspect you may have a hormonal imbalance and want to do something about it, read on to learn all about BHRT, also known as Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, and how it can help.
What Are The Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance?
How do you know if you have a hormonal imbalance that may be supported with BHRT? As you get older, passing through your 30’s and into your 40’s and 50’s, you may start to notice symptoms like:
- Weight gain
- Loss of energy
- Hair loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood swings
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of sex drive
- Loss of memory
- Hot Flashes
- Other symptoms usually attributed to menopause
Although often attributed to age, these are in fact signs that you may be having hormonal issues. Hormone imbalance can range from a natural dwindling of hormone levels as we get older, due to menopause or andropause, to an imbalance that requires medical attention. The hormone experts at Yunique Medical are here to help with both.
As you age, your body’s hormone production can decrease, causing the above symptoms to take place. We help your body through the use of bioidentical hormones, which are hormones that are molecularly identical to those naturally occurring within your body.
How Hormone Therapy Can Help
Our bodies are constantly changing, and the longer we ignore symptoms, the more out of balance we can get. When it comes to conditions brought on by our hormones, there is no reason why we have to “learn to live with it”. Start by getting your hormone levels tested properly in order to identify if an imbalance might be at play.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been around for a while. In the 60’s synthetic estrogen derived from the urine of pregnant horses, Premarin was a commonly used HRT drug. Synthetic estrogen, however, has been linked to a number of health issues. Progestin (Prempro) the synthetic form of progesterone was created with the aim of mitigating Premarin’s potentially life-threatening side-effects – however synthetic progesterone also has its downfalls. In 2002’s Women’s Health Initiative study it was determined that the combination of Prempro and Premarin drastically increased breast cancer.
Natural Hormone Replacement
More recent research supports bioidentical hormones as a superior and safer alternative to synthetic hormones. BHRT is derived from plants and the various hormones available have a molecular structure that is similar to the hormones your body naturally secretes.
Because they’re derived from plants, these hormonal helpers offer a more natural form of symptom relief than traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy mirrors the hormone production that happens naturally in our bodies. When done properly, happy hormones can lead to better sex, better skin, more restful sleep, less anxiety and less tummy fat among many more benefits.
At Yunique Medical we start by properly testing your hormone levels in order to identify if an imbalance might be at play, and customize each dose of your treatment.
Types Of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, and DHEA can be delivered to the body through a tiny application of a lotion or cream. It is important for the cream to be accurately tailored to your needs with the right dosage, as hormones will fluctuate with each application.
Applying a cream is obviously a fast and non-invasive method of treatment. However, one risk of creams is that they can sometimes “transfer” to others. For example, if a cream was applied to your arm and a pet licked your arm, that pet receives an unwanted hormonal dose! Similarly, some people put cream on their bums (because the fat absorbs hormones well), but doing so can make it possible for hormones to be transferred through toilet seats.
Injections such as testosterone shots can be delivered by a healthcare provider, or some people learn how to inject themselves. Of course, not everyone likes giving themselves a shot! And the injection itself carries some risks if not done properly.
It is important to use a high quality compounded bioidentical hormone as, all too often, synthetic hormones and cottonseed oil are used in lower quality products. A qualified practitioner will also know through testing what your body’s needs are, avoiding major hormone fluctuations.
Taking a pill on a regular basis is another fairly easy way to receive hormones. However, some people have difficulties remembering to stick to their dosage schedule, and others are reluctant to add another pill to their medical regimes.
BHRT pellets are tiny capsules of hormones that are embedded under your skin, usually in the fat around your hips, which deliver the hormone (often estrogen or testosterone) in a manner that closely mimics an ovary or testicle – continuous and pulsatile based on the body’s natural blood flow.
Insertion of a hormone pellet is actually much less invasive than it might sound. The pellets are a bit bigger than a grain of rice, and insertion is a quick process that doesn’t require stitches.
Because pellets release hormones gradually, they’re a good way to avoid the hormonal roller coaster that other methods can cause. Instead of a sudden surge of hormones after a pill or shot, your body will experience a slow, steady release. Your body chemistry determines the rate at which the hormones are absorbed, but the pellets usually dissolve naturally in about three to six months.
Hormone Pellet Therapy in Florida
At Yunique Medical clinics, our preferred method of delivery for you to experience the power of plant-derived hormones is through pellet insertions. It’s a painless procedure where we insert a pellet about the size of a grain of rice, filled with the potency of the plant-derived hormones, just under the skin.
Bioidentical hormone pellets are prescription based and designed to work with each patient’s unique body chemistry, slowly releasing hormones in a natural dosage throughout the treatment cycle. BHRT pellet therapy has not been associated with increased risk of any adverse conditions or diseases. Learn more about Yunique Medical’s Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy here.
Bioidentical hormones Available At Our Florida Hormone Clinics
The Bioidentical Hormones We Utilize For Treatment Are:
Lower levels of this hormone triggers menopause, as well as an increased risk of heart disease, loss of bone density, mood swings, weight gain, loss of libido and migraines.
For women, this hormone performs a wide range of functions. For anti-aging therapy, progesterone is combined with estrogen in order to counterbalance the effects of estrogen on the ovaries. For men, progesterone is a natural building block for testosterone, and having appropriate levels can help to combat testosterone deficiencies.
Clomid is an FDA-approved drug usually used for fertility as it stimulates the body into increased production of hormones that trigger ovulation. In certain circumstances, Clomid can be useful for anti-aging treatments, and our staff will make a recommendation if it’s right for you.
Otherwise known as dehydroepiandrosterone, this hormone is a critical building block for both estrogen and testosterone. Boosting the levels of DHEA in your body can help to increase your estrogen and testosterone production, as well as boost muscle.
This hormone functions as a precursor to testosterone and estrogen, as well as boosting cognitive functions, improving memory, reducing inflammation, and an effective means of dealing with depression.
While men and women both have this hormone, it’s produced in greater amounts in men. Testosterone contributes to hair growth, deep voices, higher energy levels, decreased body fat, and an overall feeling of well-being.
Yunique Medical’s Custom BHRT Treatments
If you feel that any of the above applies to you, give us a call and book an appointment! Something as simple as a blood test can give us the answers we need to help you to live your healthiest and most productive life. We’re here to help.
As a patient, you’ll meet with our experienced medical staff and your blood sample will be reviewed by a physician. Then, we’ll create an assessment plan that’s personalized for you. Along with that, we’ll include nutritional counselling, supplements to go along with treatment, additional services such as injectable amino acids and IV infusions, and pharmaceutical deliveries that come straight to your door.
If you have questions or you’re ready to take the first step, contact us today!
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