What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
East Lansing Bioidentical Hormones Clinic, The Center for Optimal Health knows the benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. The term “bioidentical hormone therapy” (BHT) refers to the use of estrogen, progesterone, or other hormones that are chemically exact duplicates to the hormones produced in a women’s or man’s body. Their effects on the body are thought to be the same as the hormones produced in the body.
Many traditional hormone replacement therapies use animal-derived or synthetic versions of a hormone. These types of hormones often work similarly to the body’s hormones, but the problem is they are not exactly the same in chemical structure as to what is in the body. This chemical difference results in a less than optimal effect in the body and more importantly may have adverse consequences and side effects. For example, the synthetic forms of progesterone are now being found to increase a women’s risk of breast cancer.
Despite these obvious differences in chemical structures and the body’s response to these hormones, many physicians still lump all hormone therapies into one category. This is what causes confusion in the minds of many people seeking treatment.
What are some of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance?
- Memory Loss
- Weight Gain
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Joint Pain
- Trouble Sleeping
- Sagging Skin
- Hair Loss
- Loss of sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Brain fog
At what age is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy appropriate?
Menopause starts with pre-menopause. This could be up to six years before menopause. Women might have anxiety, irritability, irregular periods or increased PMS during pre-menopause. This often happens around ages 45 to 50. Women are in menopause after they can come 12 full months without a period. Hormone therapy can prove helpful in elevating symptoms as the decline of hormones begins through menopause.
Where can I find bioidentical hormones?
There are two general ways to obtain bioidentical hormones. One is through the use of patches, pills or creams made by pharmaceutical companies. These are FDA approved, but only come in a limited number of dosages. The compounded form of BHT is made in a compounding pharmacy. These pharmacies specialize in customizing the hormones into exact amounts and ratios that better fit a patient’s individual needs.
What should I look for in a physician?
The most important component to hormone replacement is a physician who spends the time listening to the patient. Hormones are very powerful substances that need to be replaced very carefully. Hormonal balance can seldom be achieved with a one time, 15 minute visit to your doctor’s office. It takes a comprehensive evaluation of all of women’s signs of hormonal imbalance, along with careful monitoring of her initial and ongoing response to the hormone therapy.
How fast do bioidentical hormones work?
It is common for a woman at her initial visit to have complaints of brain fog, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, low sex drive, hot flashes, night sweats and trouble sleeping. Often times within a month many symptoms are diminished and all symptoms may disappear within a few months.
Do men benefit from hormone replacement?
Testosterone and other hormones decline as a men age. Unlike women this decline is more insidious. Since the decline is slow a man may not realize he is deficient. Bioidentical hormone therapies are also available for men designed specifically for their individual needs.
The key to proper hormone balance is to realize one size hormonal replacement does not fit all. Just as no one type or size of blue jean will fit all women. As information becomes available, more and more people are recognizing hormone balance as a way to improve overall health.
Dr. David Pawsat, founder of the Center for Optimal Health in East Lansing, is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is certified in Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine by The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and has completed a fellowship in Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine.
Dr. Pawsat focuses his practice on patient centered, science-based methods of improving health, vitality, and longevity through precise integration of hormonal and nutritional therapies.
To learn more about receiving a customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program, contact East Lansing Bioidentical Hormones Clinic, The Center for Optimal Health to schedule a consultation!