What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormones play a key role in many functions and processes of the body, by sending signals throughout. Symptoms can occur when hormones are out of balance, and functions in the body are not working efficiently. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, also known as BHRT, is a treatment for people who experience low and/or imbalanced hormone levels. Read on to learn more about bioidentical hormones, who can benefit from this form of therapy, and treatment options.
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that have been processed and designed to imitate the hormones naturally produced by the body. These types of hormones are typically made from a plant steroid called diosgenin, are easily absorbed, and have similar effects as the body’s own hormones.
What are the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
People experiencing the negative impacts of imbalanced hormones can benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy by evening out hormone levels and improving functionality in the body. Some of the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy include:
- Improved bone density
- Maintained muscle mass and strength
- Improved sleep
- Improved energy levels
- Better mood, memory, and concentration
- Improved libido
In addition to these benefits, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can prevent hormonal weight gain and endocrine disorders.
What are some different treatment options for bioidentical hormone therapy?
Bioidentical hormones come in various forms including the following:
Subcutaneous hormone pellet therapy is another method of delivering hormones that dissolve at a rate specific to the patient.