What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), also known as human-identical hormones, have the same chemical structure as hormones produced by the human body and are generally thought to provide a safer and lower risk side effect profile. BHRT is Individualized to meet the patient’s unique needs to correct hormone imbalances.
Benefits of BHRT
- For PMS: regular periods, less bleeding, improvement in mood swings and sleep, less abdominal pain and cravings, breast tenderness and bloating, fewer cyclical headaches and/or migraines
- For Menopause: Improved bone health and prevention of Osteoporosis, Improvement and prevention of memory loss, relief of hot flashes and dryness, increased energy, sleep and mood, improved metabolism and immune health.
- For low testosterone: Decrease in excess body fat, maintains memory, increase in muscle mass, strength, and tone, increase in emotional well being, specifically self confidence, increase in sexual interest
- For Hypothyroidism: Relief of constipation, normalization of body temperature (most are typically low), regulating menstrual cycles and increased fertility, improvement in cognition, strengthening of hair and nails, improvement in mood and metabolism
What conditions does BHRT treat?
BHRT can be used to treat conditions such as:
What to expect from BHRT
At Renew Integrative Health, we strictly use bioidentical hormones that are compounded specifically to meet each individual need. We ensure proper dosing with strict protocols for evaluating the hormone metabolization or clearing through required testing and evaluation every 4-6 months. Although it takes 12 weeks for hormones to stabilize within the body, some patients notice relief within just a few weeks. Bioidentical hormone therapy is not reimbursed by insurance as this therapy is not FDA approved. Depending on the hormone needed, it may actually be less expensive than the pharmaceutical option.
How to prepare for your BHRT appointment
Following the completion of your medical history, diet log and current symptoms through our EMR portal, patients must also include the previous two years of medical testing including diagnostic studies such as ultrasound, thermography, and bone scans if applicable. Your initial consultation will include an extensive history, including family history and physical examination. Risks and benefits of Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy will be discussed and whether the therapy is appropriate will be determined at this time.
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