Questions About BHRT
You’ve decided that BHRT (bioidentical hormone replacement therapy) might be the right route for you, but you still have many questions about BHRT and its effect on your body. Below, find the answers to some of the most common questions:
What is the focus of BHRT?
The focus of a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy program is to restore the quality of life that a patient enjoyed prior to the onset of menopause. During menopause, a woman may experience a host of problems that range from uncomfortable to highly distressing. She may find herself moodier than usual, experiencing hot and cold flashes, dealing with night sweats and disturbed sleep, and struggling with vaginal dryness and uncomfortable intercourse. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy aims at balancing the levels of hormones within a woman’s body to help decrease those issues, so that she may return to living life the way she always has.
How do I take those hormones?
There are several methods you can use to take hormone therapy, and your doctor will work with you to choose the method that will work best for you. Replacement hormones can be delivered through creams, gels, tablets, skin patches, and sprays. Most often, hormone replacement therapy is delivered orally once per day. With a wide variety of choices, you’ll be able to find the method that will best fit into your lifestyle. The most important component of any bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is that the dosage and regimen are prescribed according to each individual patient’s specifics. Often, blood tests or saliva tests are performed to ensure that an optimal regimen is put in place.
How do I know this is safe?
While bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is still awaiting clinical trials that will help prove its safety, thus far, the evidence has pointed to the fact that it is safe. The hormones found in bioidentical hormone replacement therapies are chemically identical to those produced by your body, so it’s a much more natural treatment than traditional hormone replacement therapies.
How does it work?
As a woman enters menopause, whether naturally or surgically due to a hysterectomy, oestrogen production in the body slows. Hormone replacement therapy balances those hormones again so that the symptoms associated with menopause will be reduced or eliminated. The ultimate goal of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is to improve a woman’s quality of life.
Ready to get started? Do you still have questions? Please contact me to decide if BHRT is the right option for you.