What is BHRT?
BHRT is on the rise for being a popular, effective way to balance or increase men’s and women’s hormones. Because hormones control almost every aspect of our body’s internal communication, having unbalanced hormones can lead to adverse changes in your mood, appetite, metabolism, libido, and even immune function. Our hormones naturally decline with age, and BHRT is usually used to treat women who are perimenopausal or menopausal. Still, more frequently, younger people are starting to experience hormone imbalance issues and using BHRT to treat a variety of symptoms, including fibromyalgia, thyroid disorders, acne, and osteoporosis. The most common symptoms associated with a hormone imbalance in women include chronic fatigue, low sex drive, mood swings, hot flashes, and weight gain. The most common symptoms for men include fatigue, weight gain, decreased sexual function, and increased anxiety.
Bioidentical hormones are hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to the ones we naturally produce in our bodies. Estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone are the most commonly used in hormone therapy treatments and can be prescribed in individualized, patient-specific amounts to optimize hormone health.
There are a multitude of ways to administer BHRT, with the most common being pellet therapy, creams, pills, and injections. While all forms of BHRT administration do the same thing, it is best to talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of each and figure out your personal preference.
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