Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a customized treatment that replenishes hormone levels in the body using natural hormones that are similar to those produced by the body in type and amounts. As people age, their hormone levels decline, leading to signs of aging and other symptoms.
Both men and women experience the effects of hormonal decline and imbalance. One of the main signs of a hormonal imbalance for women is menstrual bleeding changes, heavy or irregular periods, tender breasts, vaginal dryness, acne, increased facial hair, uterine fibroids, acceleration of appearance of aging, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. Whereas, men tend to experience symptoms such as loss of erectile function, decreased strength and duration of erection, prostate problems, decreased urine flow, increased urinary urgency and early/accelerated hardening of arteries.
Both men and women experience a variety of physical symptoms, including reduced sex drive, fatigue, hot flashes, body composition changes with muscle mass decreasing but body fat increasing, bone loss, unexplained aches and pains. Hormonal imbalances also cause mental and emotional symptoms in men and women, such as depression, anxiety, apathy, decreased mental sharpness, memory problems and insomnia.
BHRT is safe when used under the supervision of a trained and experienced physician. Medical researchers now know that synthetic hormones were the problem in the past, but bio-identical hormones are not known to cause health complications and can improve overall health. Consult with a doctor at the Doctors Clinic to learn more about how BHRT can enhance your health and quality of life.