Bioidentical Hormones: What You Need to Know

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Hormones control most of our basic body functions. They coordinate immune function, growth, appetite, digestion, mood and libido. When hormone levels become unbalanced, it can influence overall health in a big way and we often seek out hormone replacement therapies to treat symptoms.

One type of therapy is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHRT). This is an individualized treatment designed to restore a patient’s hormone balance. It is most often used to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause which include: hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, memory loss, weight gain, sleep issues, and loss of libido. BHRT can also be used for: insulin resistance, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and adrenal and thyroid disorders. BHRT is safe, reliable and can dramatically restore vitality, energy, health, and aid in reversing the aging process. BHRT is also an effective treatment for Low Testosterone (Low-T) in men. Low Testosterone can cause fatigue, decreased energy, muscle loss, reduced sexual desire, and depressed mood.

Bioidentical Hormones are made from plant estrogens that are similar to those the human body produces. The most commonly replicated hormones used in treatment are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. They come in a variety of different forms including: gels, creams, injections, patches, and pills. Some bioidentical hormones are manufactured by drug companies. Others are compounded and custom made by pharmacies. This involves combining or altering ingredients to meet the needs of the individual. Research indicates that the use of bioidentical hormone replacement is an effective and safe method of hormone delivery in both men and women.

As your body adjusts to BHRT, some common side effects may include: acne, mood swings, fatigue, bloating, and increased facial hair in women. These side effects will typically disappear after your body adjusts to the new hormones. The risks for side effects vary from one person to the next. It is a good idea to discuss the pros and cons with your physician before using any hormone replacements. It is advised to utilize the lowest dose of hormone therapy that produces results.

Blue Sky MD offers BHRT in the form of pellet implantation. Hormone pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3-4 months in women and 4-5 months in men. They avoid the fluctuations of hormone levels seen with every other method of delivery. Hormone pellet therapy does not increase the risk of blood clots like conventional or synthetic hormone replacement therapy.

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