What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement uses hormones that are identical in their molecular structure to the hormones produced naturally within the human body. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a widespread term for the treatment of conditions brought on by the effects of hormone deficiencies resulting from menopause. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement uses hormones that are identical in their molecular structure to the hormones produced naturally within the human body.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement is also used more generally to refer to the practice of utilizing only bioidentical hormones in the treatment of all hormone deficiencies, not merely menopause. These include perimenopause, pre-menopause, and Andropause (Male Menopause).
Hormones regulate the activity of tissues and cells within your body. Optimized and well balanced hormones create a sense of well-being. In both men and women, hormones decrease with age causing a broad array of symptoms such as exhaustion, excess weight gain, decline of sexual interest, depression and interrupted sleep patterns (insomnia). The hormones estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, thyroid and cortisol all perform an incredibly significant role in daily life. Hormonal imbalances can impact life substantially.
Many people resign themselves to living with life altering symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances, accepting them as an unchangeable in addition to untreatable aspect of the process of getting older. However, retaining ideal ranges of hormones promotes an enhanced quality of life and helps prevent numerous degenerative health problems commonly associated with aging.
Bioidentical Hormones are exactly identical in molecular structure and function to the hormones which are made in the body. Bioidentical Hormones are derived from plants, such as yam or soy and are chemically and functionally identical to human hormones. Bioidentical Hormones produce the same responses in the body as hormones made by the body without increased risk of allergic reaction and sensitivities.
Dr. Jennifer Reid’s goal is to use bio-identical hormones in the correct amounts, at the right times, in order to mimic the natural ups and downs of the body’s own hormones, and thus, alleviate the unpleasant symptoms related to the drop in hormone levels due to aging. Each individualized treatment program is based on a variety of tests and examinations completed by Dr. Jennifer Reid, including but not limited to physical examination, laboratory tests, family and individual medical history and the symptoms you are personally experiencing.
By focusing on all of the information Dr. Reid receives from your personal and family medical history, the results from your tests and examinations, she will then create an individualized prescription specifically for you and the precise levels of hormones you need, to achieve hormone restoration, optimization and balance.
The first step is to treat the causes of hormone imbalance when possible. Providing your body with the elements needed to make its own hormones is fundamental. The next step is to supplement with bioidentical hormones to restore deficient hormones. In order for your body to function at its full potential, it needs to produce sufficient levels of hormones. As you age, production of these hormones declines, and a wide range of symptoms can be a result: hot flashes, weight gain, lack of sexual interest – just to name a few. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is used to bring these hormonal levels to balance.
Dr. Jennifer Reid and her staff at Carriage House Medicine are highly educated and trained in the effective use of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for the relief of symptoms caused by age-related hormone imbalance in women and men. By providing hormones that are an exact biochemical match of your own hormones, it is possible to restore your hormones back to the balance you had in your 20’s and 30’s.
The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy in woman and men who suffer from low to normal hormone imbalance levels known as Menopause, Perimenopause, Andropause, also known as Male Menopause, are substantial and often include:
- Improved sexual performance
- Improved lipid and cholesterol levels
- Improved prostate health
- Improved blood sugar balance
- Improved mood and outlook
- Increased focus and concentration
- More strength and energy
- Improved well being
- Greater libido
- Reduced aches and pains
- Better quality of sleep
- Improved muscle mass
Although BHRT is an age old remedy, many doctors and their patients are just learning of this option. BHRT is in the forefront of anti-aging treatment and for many doctors the newest method for helping cure much that ails the menopausal woman as well as the andropausal male. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is working its way into mainstream America.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be subscribed in various forms including gels, creams, patches, injections and pellets.
If you want to live your life to its fullest – mentally, physically, emotionally – you now have the chance to do so.