Medically restoring or rebalancing the body’s hormone levels can be done through synthetic HRT or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Both can be effective, but what differentiates BHRT from synthetic HRT is that BHRT relies on natural sources of hormones and is tailored directly to an individual’s needs. Another major difference between traditional HRT and BHRT is the source of the hormones used in the treatment and how they are prepared for patient use. The term “bioidentical,” in the context of hormone replacement therapy, means the hormones used are identical in chemical structure to those produced naturally by the body.
BHRT is typically administered through pellets, creams, patches, or injections. Doses and combinations are first measured for a patient’s individual needs, then, a qualified provider monitors a patient over time to reach a safe and effective balance of hormones in the body, making adjustments to hormone levels until optimal levels are reached.
Here are two of the most common question we at ReVital get from patients exploring BHRT treatment:
Is hormone replacement therapy safe?
BHRT can relieve many of the uncomfortable and life-altering symptoms of andropause in men and menopause in women, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, muscle loss, and low libido. Other benefits have been established including a lowered risk of colon cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease. The safety of BHRT depends fully on the quality of hormones administered and the availability of expert oversight from a highly qualified medical provider. Like any medical procedure, a BHRT regimen must be closely monitored by a medical provider using specialized testing and follow-up protocols to ensure a patient is benefitting fully from the therapy. The benefits of a closely supervised BHRT regimen can far outweigh the risks when it comes to lowering disease risk and cultivating a better quality of life for a patient.
Does hormone replacement therapy make you gain weight?
Typically, hormones are thought to the be main drivers of weight gain, which can understandably breed concern when it comes to BHRT. However, hormones themselves do not cause weight gain, rather, hormone depletion or imbalances are often key drivers of weight loss resistance or gradual weight gain. For instance, in women, both high levels and low levels of estrogen can lead to weight gain. In men, often a drop in testosterone levels can result in loss of muscle mass and fat loss resistance. Following a BHRT protocol designed specifically based on your hormone levels, and adopting healthy lifestyle habits, can help balance hormones for optimal body composition over time.
BHRT can be extremely effective in alleviating symptoms of hormone depletion and imbalance that occur naturally with age. It is important to always consult a provider who is trained at the highest level in conventional, functional, and integrative medical disciplines and can oversee a safe protocol based on your unique body and health needs.
How To Get Help
ReVital offers free consultations where you can speak to one of our clinicians about ReVital’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. At ReVital, we can conduct simple blood tests to evaluate the levels of these hormones in your system and prescribe supplements or therapies to treat and control the majority of hormonal imbalances. We also encourage that you connect with your regular doctor about any changes in your health and moods.