BHRT for Women
- Replacement Therapy
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for Women
The term “bio-identical” refers to the biochemical structure of a hormone that is perfectly matched to the hormones naturally produced in a woman’s body by her endocrine system.
The Bio-identicals hormones used in hormone replacement therapy are made from plants (Mexican yams and soybeans) and are considered to be very safe. Research studies have shown that there are many protective benefits to utilizing BHRT for the brain, breast, bone and heart.
Bio-identical hormones are plant-based, natural substances that our bodies can metabolize in the way they are designed to do, minimizing side effects. These compounded bio-identicals hormones can be matched to each woman’s unique needs, something that’s impossible with mass-manufactured products.
Proven Success with BHRT
Countless women and men have now made the switch to natural bio-identical hormone therapy. These human-identicals have long been preferred for hormone therapy in Japan, France and other European countries. They’ve been the subjects of many research studies on hormone therapy in which significant health benefits have been reported for both women and men. Data also continues to indicate that receiving hormone replacement therapy at the start of menopause can be very important to a woman’s ongoing health and well-being.
The longer women go without the protection of estrogen or go without replacement therapy, the greater the risk of developing serious health problems including:
- Heart Disease
- Many Cancers
- Impaired Vision
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Many women are surprised to know that female bodies need testosterone as well. With BHRT, women will experience:
- Greater mental clarity
- Increased libido and interest in sex
- Decreased body fat and an increase in muscle tone and mass
- Enhanced energy level and less fatigue
- Decreased in depression, irritability, and mood swings
- More comfortable and enjoyable sexual relations
ESTROGEN is a woman’s most important hormone. Without hormone replacement therapy, the loss of estrogen puts her at increased risk for premature ovary failure, osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, tooth loss, impaired vision, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes. The longer a woman is without the protection of her own estrogen, the greater the risk for serious health consequences of these conditions.
There are estrogen receptors in a variety of organs throughout the body and brain. That’s why hormonal imbalance produces different symptoms, such as loss of skin elasticity, bone shrinkage, mood and cognitive decline. On the other hand, when estrogen levels rise as they do in the first week of the menstrual cycle, it leads to an increase the amount of serotonin available in the spaces between the brain’s nerve cells, which improves mood. Within the brain, estrogen acts as a natural antidepressant and mood stabilizer.
TESTOSTERONE hormone therapy gives a woman mental clarity, improved libido, muscle tone and mass. When this hormone is at low levels, women often complain of mental confusion, weight gain, and poor muscle growth – even with regular exercise.
The effect of hormone deficiency on the brain, muscle, bone, heart and metabolism can be significant without hormone replacement therapy for women and dangerous to long term health.
The brain needs normal amounts of testosterone in balance with estrogen to produce serotonin, which supports emotional balance. When lacking in these hormones, a woman will experience emotional instability that often results in increased anxiety, irritability, sleep disturbances, anger, sadness, and depression. The musculoskeletal system is also adversely affected, which can lead to muscle atrophy, osteopenia, osteoporosis and pain in the muscles and joints.
PROGESTERONE is another female hormone that is produced by the body that functions mainly to regulate the conditions of the lining of the uterus. Progesterone is prescribed for women on hormone replacement therapy (who have not had a hysterectomy) to help protect the uterus. Estrogen has the potential to cause an abnormal thickening of the uterine lining and increases the risk of developing cancer – so balancing it out with progesterone reduces the risk of abnormal changes in the lining of the uterus.
Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy is the only method of hormone replacement therapy that gives sustained and consistent testosterone levels throughout the day for 4 to 6 months without any “roller coaster” blood levels of testosterone – which can result in mood and energy fluctuations.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- I get horrible headaches – will BHRT help me? Yes! We have had great success, especially with women who have menstrual migraines, as well as new migraines that appear after age 35.
- Do I need to take other medication? If you have not had a hysterectomy, yes, you will need to take progesterone to help protect your uterus.
- Why do I need estrogen? Estrogen is the most important hormone for women. It protects her against heart attacks, stroke, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s. It also keeps us looking and feeling young and healthy.
- Why do I need testosterone? Testosterone is the third female hormone and is as essential as estrogen and progesterone. We need this hormone to keep our thought process quick and our libido healthy. It improves bone density, muscle mass, strength and prevents some types of depression. It is also the source of energy and solid sleep.
- Will I grow unwanted hair from testosterone? There is less chance of excess hair growth with natural testosterone than with synthetic hormones. Facial hair may grow with testosterone pellets, but normally not worse that what many women experience in their 30s.
- I have vaginal dryness and sex is very uncomfortable – will BHRT improve these areas? Yes – both the estrogen and testosterone will help restore your vaginal health and will inturn, make sexual relations much more confortable and pleasureable. Sex after 50 does not have to hurt.