What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement uses hormones that are identical in their molecular structure to the hormones produced naturally within the human body. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a widespread term for the treatment of conditions brought on by the effects of hormone deficiencies resulting from menopause. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement uses hormones that are identical in their molecular structure to the hormones produced naturally within the human body.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement is also used more generally to refer to the practice of utilizing only bioidentical hormones in the treatment of all hormone deficiencies, not merely menopause. Some of these include perimenopause, which generally is the time of change leading into menopause, and andropause in adult males.
Hormones regulate the activity of tissues and cells within your body. Optimized and well balanced hormones create a sense of well-being. In both men and women, hormones decrease with age causing a broad array of symptoms such as exhaustion, excess weight gain, decline of sexual interest, depression and interrupted sleep patterns (insomnia). The hormones estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, thyroid and cortisol all perform an incredibly significant role in daily life. Hormonal imbalances can impact life substantially.
Many people resign themselves to living with life altering symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances, accepting them as an unchangeable in addition to untreatable aspect of the process of getting older. However, retaining ideal ranges of hormones promotes an enhanced quality of life and helps prevent numerous degenerative health problems commonly associated with aging.
Bioidentical Hormones are exactly identical in molecular structure and function to the hormones which are made in the body. Bioidentical Hormones are derived from plants, such as yam or soy and are chemically and functionally identical to human hormones. Bioidentical Hormones produce the same responses in the body as hormones made by the body without increased risk of allergic reaction and sensitivities.
At HealthBridge approach is to individualize treatment plans for each patient based on medical history, physical examination, symptoms and laboratory analysis. The prescription is tailored to the exact amount of each hormone needed for the individual’s balance. We focus on Bioidentical Hormone restoration and optimization.
The first step is to treat the causes of hormone imbalance when possible. Providing your body with the elements needed to make its own hormones is fundamental. The next step is to supplement with bioidentical hormones to restore deficient hormones.
Do women and men need bioidentical hormone replacement (BHRT) for life?
Humans are a unique species when it comes to the fact that we live much of our lives outside our reproductive years. Most animals in the wild do not live beyond their ability to reproduce – many don’t even live beyond puberty. Our increased life expectancy is relatively recent – only women and men in the past couple of generations have a life expectancy beyond 50 years.