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Balancing Hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT)

If you’re a woman in your 30s or 40s, or older, and have noticed a change in your energy, menstruation, thinning hair or even your sex drive, then a change in hormone levels could be to blame. Whether we like it or not, hormone levels then start to decline beginning around our mid-30s to early 40s, and continue to remain at lower levels for the remainder of our lives. This drop in hormone is natural and unavoidable in many ways, but we can still help control how rapidly or smoothly this change happens and how we adapt to its effects.

At Regenerative Sports, Spine & Spa we offer Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (or BHRT) to help offset imbalances in hormone levels. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, then BHRT could help.

Are You Suffering from the Following Symptoms?

  • Menstrual cycles gradually ending (irregular periods can continue for several years)
  • Thinning hair, on both your head and body (this occurs in most men and women, although usually more noticeably in men)
  • Lowered sex drive and signs like vaginal dryness
  • Often weight gain, especially around the stomach/abdomen
  • Exhaustion and having less energy, for some even chronic fatigue along with muscle weakness
  • Dryer skin
  • For many, changes in body temperature and other common symptoms of perimenopause, including hot flashes or night sweats
  • Sometimes trouble sleeping or symptoms of mood changes/emotional instability, such as irritability and anxiety
  • Cognitive changes such as brain fog, reduced concentration and trouble remembering

 

What Exactly is Causing Your Symptoms?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help some adults manage the symptoms that are associated with natural aging, and help them transition through these symptoms more easily.

Unfortunately, many of the symptoms of hormone imbalance are often attributed to aging or menopause, such as weight gain and fatigue. They can actually begin in women before menopause takes place, because they’re caused by other lifestyle factors. For example, it’s not common for women even in their 20s or mid-30s to already report having trouble sleeping, digestive issues or a lack of energy.

Nutrient deficiencies, a lack of sleep and high amounts of emotional stress can all disturb hormonal balance and raise inflammation well before menopause even takes place. Therefore, I believe that if the root problems causing hormonal imbalances are properly addressed (poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, anxiety, etc.), then the unwanted symptoms should also dissolve, without the use of hormone therapy.

How can you know if your symptoms are related to hormonal changes or due to another health condition that should be treated first? Experts recommend considering how your health and reaction to lifestyle habits have changed over time as you’ve gotten older. For example, if you exercised and slept a certain amount during your 20s–30s and felt well, but during your late 40s suddenly you began feeling differently without changing your routine, then there’s a good chance that your symptoms are related to fluctuations in hormones like testosterone and estrogen.

 

How Can Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Help?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the use of hormones to help resolve symptoms related to hormonal imbalance or decline in hormone production tied to aging. Certain hormone treatments are called “bioidentical” or sometimes “natural” because the types of hormones used are chemically identical (according to molecular studies) to those produced by the human body.

Specific hormones that BHRT aims to increase or balance include those tied to reproduction and youth, such as estrogen (in the form of estrone or estradiol), progesterone, and sometimes testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and adrenal hormones. (2) During the years leading up to menopause, and then through this transition, a woman’s body produces less of these hormones (especially estrogen), which may lead to symptoms like fatigue, hot flashes/night sweats, vaginal dryness and thinning bones. Various hormone therapy products are used to overcome these symptoms, some of which have been approved by the FDA and are available by prescription through health care providers, but many of which have not.

BHRT treatments include creams, lotions, injections, gels, sprats or tablets that have the goal of raising hormone levels back up to a more youthful state. Examples of popular bioidentical hormone replacement therapy products now on the market include Estrace, Premphase, Prempro, Activara and Vivelle-Dot, just to name a few (there are dozens and even more that are not “bioidentical”).

 

Don’t Just Treat Hormone Imbalance Symptoms, Treat the Cause!

At Regenerative Sports, Spine & Spa we believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptom. We believe in using regenerative medicine and therapies to help heal your body, and reduce inflammation, which in turn relieves symptoms. We understand that suffering from hormone imbalances can cause severe symptoms whichcan impact your daily life, and can have a dramatic effect on your overall well-being. Please contact our office today to set up a consultation to discuss whether bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a right choice for you.

 

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