Did you know that your hormone levels play a huge role in how your body functions on every level? From weight gain to menopausal hot flashes, hormone imbalances can cause serious symptoms that can impact your daily life. So what is BHRT therapy and how can it help? Simply put, BHRT therapy is a treatment system that is designed to get rid of menopausal symptoms and improve your quality of life. Here are three things to know about BHR treatment and how it can help you.
What is BHRT Therapy?
BHRT stands for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. But what does that really mean? How can you replace hormones? Will that impact the natural menopause process? Don’t worry, we will walk you through it. Let’s start with how treatment works. BHRT treatment uses customized hormone prescriptions to allow your body to naturally level off over time. In turn, you will see a reduction of symptoms related to menopause as well as other benefits you may not have even been aware of.
Because the process uses natural hormones over time, properly administered BHRT treatment will actually help your body through the menopause process naturally and seamlessly. It should not interfere with your natural body function, but it should improve your quality of life by reducing unpleasant symptoms.
In order to start treatment, your baseline hormone levels are taken as part of your initial visit. Then, a personalized prescription is created that is identical on a molecular level with endogenous hormones designed for your body. Depending on the level of imbalance, treatment can take anywhere from 3-9 months. Treatment can be administered through topical creams, vaginal inserts, or pills. While it is partially your personal preference, it can also depend on your response to treatment. Some women respond to certain delivery forms better than others.
The Benefits: BHRT Can Remove Premenopause and Menopause Symptoms
In order to answer “what is BHRT” you must understand “what is menopause?” Menopause is a process in which a woman goes through hormonal changes that end her period. By definition, menopause occurs when a woman has not had a period for more than one year. Typically, women experience this stage of life in their late 40s or early 50s. It can also occur in women who have medical conditions that prevent the creations of sufficient reproductive hormones or have their ovaries removed.
These hormonal changes cause a woman’s body to enter a state of flux due to massive imbalances in her hormones. While this is a normal process, it can cause several adverse effects that, when left unchecked, can lead to years of discomfort and poor quality of life. BHRT therapy is an effective solution that can reduce or even remove symptoms of perimenopause and menopause
Perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms that have been proven to improve during and after BHRT treatment include the following:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Low energy
- Thinning hair
- Vaginal dryness
- Sleep disturbances
- Painful intercourse
- Decline of sex drive
The Science: BHRT Restores Natural Hormone Balances
You may have heard that BHRT treatment is untrustworthy because scientists use synthetic hormones from pregnant horses. We are here to tell you the real truth behind it, and it’s not horse urine. While there are several medically recognized and scientifically sound research studies out there that have proven the benefits of BHRT therapy, one study that was published by the Women’s Health Initiative tends to overshadow these.
In the study, bioidentical hormones looked only at synthetic hormones from pregnant horse urine. While this does not negate the results of the study, it does mean that it is limited to a very small fraction of the science behind the real application of the treatment. There is no denying that there are risks to using bioidentical hormones, however, there are also risks to having hormonal imbalances. In proper dosage and with proper delivery, BHRT is safe and beneficial. But don’t just take our word for it, keep reading to understand exactly how it works.
When a woman goes through menopause, she experiences a loss of estrogen which causes metabolic changes that lead to severe symptoms. In fact, estradiol has about 400 functions that are important to maintaining good health. This includes bone and tooth health, serotonin levels impacting mood, collage in the skin, blood flow, blood pressure, inflammation levels, and even Alzheimers. BHRT uses a topical application that contains estradiol and estriol derived from plant substrates. It is customized to relieve menopausal symptoms and prevent osteoporosis.
Another hormone that declines with age is progesterone which balances estrogen. This helps your body protect itself against breast cancer, increase bone health and decrease fluid retention. BHRT helps maintain the balance between these two hormones.
Testosterone is a hormone many women don’t think about, but they have it too! In fact, this is the hormone that helps regulate your libido. Because women produce testosterone in their ovaries, menopause lowers the levels in the body. This can lead to fatigue, low muscle tone, weight gain, decreased libido, and loss of mental focus.
Finally, your DHEA is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, brain, and skin. It is the hormone responsible for making estrogen and testosterone. When this hormone declines it reaches a level at roughly one-fourth the production rate from when it was at its peak. It can also be impacted greatly by stress.
Benefits of using BHRT to restore natural hormones include:
- Reducing hot flashes and night sweats
- Reverse of bone loss leading to osteoporosis
- Improve sleep
- Promote emotional stability
- Help with anxiety and depression
- Promote metabolism and healthy weight
- Increase libido
- Improve quality of life
If you are ready to get rid of your menopause symptoms, book an appointment with our licensed physician through Alpha Hormones virtual clinic to see exactly what BHRT therapy can do for you. Take control of your hormones and take your life back with BHRT.