Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Learn about our hormone replacement therapy services, what it does, why we do it, who is it for, and more.
Bio-identical hormone restoration therapy is restoring hormone levels in a patient to balanced physiological levels of a more youthful age. In bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), hormones are biologically identical to human hormones on a molecular level, which helps the body accept the hormone more effectively and avoid side effects commonly experienced with synthetic hormones.
The first objective in bio-identical hormone balancing is to address the patient’s symptoms. When proper balancing is obtained patients feel better very quickly. However, equally important is the goal of providing the protective benefits the hormones offer to the cardiovascular system, the brain and central nervous system, bones, muscles, skin, eyes, and practically all the tissues of the body.
When hormone levels are balanced, neither deficient nor too excessive, both the protective benefits and the symptom management objectives can be met.
Many factors effect hormone balance including the body’s ability to produce and regulate sufficient hormone levels, stress, lifestyle, and environmental factors. Addressing patient’s symptoms with physiological dosing, therefore, is not a “cookie cutter” approach. Occasionally, it takes time to find the sweet spot on an individual basis. We understand that everyone wants their body to experience an immediate and appreciable response.
HORMONES REPLACED INCLUDE:
Much more than a female sex hormone, progesterone can support GABA, the brain’s relaxation neurotransmitter (progesterone receptors are highly concentrated in the brain).
Estrogen is the major female sex hormone (though men have it, too). When a woman doesn’t have enough of it, it impacts her libido, her immune system, her mental health and her heart health, to name a few.
The primary male sex hormone, testosterone in men is responsible for sex drive, muscle mass, bone density and an overall sense of wellbeing.
The thyroid gland drives the production of many neurotransmitters that run the brain. If your thyroid is low, you feel sluggish, mentally foggy and depressed; if it’s high, you feel anxious, jittery and irritable.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a precursor hormone to the sex hormones, meaning testosterone, estrogen and progesterone are all converted from DHEA.