BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY (BHRT)
Bioidentical hormone therapy is a natural treatment process to help men and women that suffer from a hormone imbalance. The process utilizes manmade hormones that are derived from plant estrogens to create a replacement hormone that is chemically identical to the ones naturally produced by the human body. Other traditional hormone replacement therapies use synthetic hormones that are not as similar to those naturally occurring in your body. For this reason, for many patients who want a natural option for treatment of the imbalance of a particular hormone, bioidentical hormone therapy is an excellent choice.
HOW COMMON IS HORMONE IMBALANCE?
Hormone imbalance is extremely common, especially in patients 40 years of age and older, with low testosterone being one of the most common imbalances. Many patients do not even realize that they are suffering from low testosterone (often referred to as “low-t”), they simply think that their symptoms are a normal part of the aging process. However, that is often not the case.
If you’re experiencing symptoms that include low energy, loss of sex drive, irritability, or stubborn weight gain, these are just a handful of the symptoms that correlate.
The most common complaint our patients arrive with is that they simply aren’t feeling like their normal self. A simple blood test can diagnose low-t, and bioidentical hormone therapy can be an effective path to getting back to your healthy, happy self.
METHODS OF BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY PROGRAM
There are four different forms used to deliver the components of bioidentical hormone therapy: patches, pills, hormonal creams, and pellets. Of these four types, most experts agree that pellets are the most effective option, delivering the hormones in a way that is most similar to your body’s natural production.
Pellets are generally made from the natural wild yam plant, and are about the size of a grain of rice. At Wellness of Central Florida, one of our medical professionals will insert the pellet under the skin near your buttocks region, where it will slowly and consistently release the blend of hormones into your body over the course of several months. This steady rate of release is one of the biggest benefits of choosing pellets over other methods of hormone therapy.
In comparison, hormonal creams are applied once a day, with hormones being absorbed through the skin. This is a less effective method for a few reasons. First, applying the exact dose for your body is difficult for the average patient, as daily application amounts can vary slightly. In addition, pellets are a “smart” method, meaning that they response to your natural activity, delivering more hormones when you exercise – creams, patches, and pills cannot do this.
BENEFITS OF BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY
For those with a deficiency in a specific hormone, bioidentical hormone therapy side effects and benefits can best be described as life-changing. Returning to the healthy, happy person that you are naturally can work wonders for raising your self-confidence, strengthening your relationships, and generally improving your quality of life.
Here are just a handful of the specific positive effects that are associated with bioidentical hormone therapy:
As ongoing research studies continue, bioidentical therapy is being explored as a protective method for the brain, heart, bones, and breasts.
BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY FOR WOMEN
Many of our female patients find bioidentical hormone therapy to be the solution for their range of hormonal symptoms, including headaches, hot flashes, weight gain, and decreased sex drive. The simple process has the power to dramatically increase quality of life.
BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY FOR MEN
Many men over the age of 30 find bioidentical hormone therapy to be an effective treatment for a range of symptoms attributed to low-t. More and more patients are learning that feeling sluggish, gaining weight, and losing libido doesn’t have to be a “normal” part of the aging process!
How Do I Get Started?
The first step in getting started with bioidentical hormone therapy is finding a reputable treatment program you can trust. At Wellness of Central Florida, we are the #1 Certified BioTe Provider in Volusia and Flagler counties.
All it takes is a simple blood test to help our team determine the specific replacement levels needed for each hormone. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is tailored specifically for your personal situation, and at Wellness of Central Florida, you can be confident that you are getting the best possible care.
Contact Wellness of Central Florida today and get back to the best version of yourself.