As people age, their hormone levels may change and cause a variety of symptoms. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a treatment option that can help alleviate these symptoms. BHRT involves the use of hormones that are identical in molecular structure to those produced by the human body.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources and are designed to be structurally identical to the hormones produced by the human body. This means that they can be used to replace hormones that may be deficient or imbalanced due to aging or other factors.
BHRT can be administered in a variety of forms, including creams, gels, pills, and injections. The specific type and dosage of bioidentical hormones used will depend on each individual’s needs and medical history.
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been shown to provide numerous benefits for individuals experiencing hormonal imbalances. These benefits include:
- Relief from hot flashes and night sweats
- Improved mood and energy levels
- Increased bone density
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis
- Protection against heart disease
Risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Like any medical treatment, HRT does carry some risks. Some potential risks associated with HRT include:
- Increased risk of blood clots
- Higher likelihood of developing breast cancer
- Increased risk of stroke
It is important for individuals considering HRT to discuss their medical history and any potential risks with their healthcare provider before beginning treatment.
At Physicians Health Rejuvenation Centers, we understand that hormone replacement therapy is a highly personal decision. That’s why we take the time to get to know each patient on an individual level and tailor our treatments to their specific needs.
Bioidentical Hormones vs Synthetic Hormones
Bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones are two types of hormone replacement therapy options that individuals can choose from. While both types of hormones aim to alleviate symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances, there are some key differences between them.
Differences Between Bioidentical Hormones and Synthetic Hormones
The main difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones is their molecular structure. Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources and designed to be structurally identical to the hormones produced by the human body. On the other hand, synthetic hormones are created in a lab and are not identical in structure to human hormones.
Because bioidentical hormones have a similar structure to human hormones, they may be better tolerated by the body than synthetic hormones. They may be also more effective at treating hormonal imbalances than synthetic alternatives since they can be tailored to an individual’s specific needs
Benefits of Choosing Bioidentical Hormones Over Synthetic Hormones
There are several benefits associated with choosing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy over synthetic hormone replacement therapy:
|Benefit||Bioidentical Hormones||Synthetic Hormones|
|Fewer side effects||Similar molecular structure to human hormones may cause fewer side effects||More likely to cause side effects due to differences from human hormones|
|Customizable dosages||Can be tailored to individual needs for appropriate dosage||Limited dosing options|
|More natural treatment option||Uses natural plant-based sources for hormone production||Synthetic sources|
|Potential for improved outcomes||Tailored dosages can provide more effective symptom relief||Limited effectiveness due to standardized dosages|
While both bioidentical and synthetic hormone replacement therapies aim to alleviate symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances, there are several benefits associated with choosing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy over its synthetic counterpart. It’s important that individuals should discuss their medical history and treatment options with a qualified healthcare provider before deciding which type of hormone replacement therapy is right for them.
To help you decide, contact Physicians Rejuvenation Center today. We would be happy to discuss and assist you with any questions about BHRT.
Methods of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a treatment option that can help alleviate symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances. BHRT can be administered in a variety of forms —- including pellets, creams, gels, patches, injections, and pills. Each method has its own pros and cons.
Pellet therapy involves the insertion of small pellets under the skin that release bioidentical hormones into the body over time. Pellets are typically inserted into the hip area or buttocks during an in-office procedure.
- Long-lasting effects: Pellets can provide symptom relief for up to six months.
- Convenient: Once inserted, there is no need to remember to take daily medication.
- Tailored dosages: Dosages can be customized based on individual needs.
- Invasive procedure: The insertion of pellets requires a minor surgical procedure.
- Costly: Pellet therapy can be more expensive than other forms of BHRT.
- Limited availability: Not all healthcare providers offer pellet therapy.
Creams, Gels, Patches, Injections and Pills
In addition to pellet therapy, bioidentical hormones can also be administered through creams, gels, patches, injections or pills.
Creams and Gels
BHRT creams and gels are applied topically to the skin. They are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
- Easy application: Creams and gels are easy to apply at home.
- Customizable dosages: Dosages can be adjusted based on individual needs.
- Fewer side effects: Because absorption is slower than with other methods of administration, there may be fewer side effects.
- Messy application: Creams and gels may leave a residue on clothing or bedding.
- Risk of transfer: There is a risk that others may come into contact with the medication if it is not fully absorbed before contact occurs.
BHRT patches are applied directly to the skin and release hormones over time through absorption.
- Convenient application: Can be applied at home.
- Long-lasting effects: Provide symptom relief for several days at a time.
- Skin irritation: Some individuals may experience skin irritation from patch use.
- Limited placement options: Patches must be placed in areas where they will not rub off easily.
BHRT injections involve injecting hormones directly into muscle tissue or under the skin.
- Quick results: Injections provide fast symptom relief.
- Requires healthcare provider visit for administration
- May cause pain or discomfort at injection site
BHRT pills are taken orally like traditional medication.
- Easy administration
- Non invasive procedures
- Absorption rates vary depending on metabolism
- Potential for liver toxicity
There are several methods available for administering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Each method has its own unique benefits and drawbacks which should be carefully considered when choosing a treatment plan.
Individuals should discuss their medical history and treatment options with a qualified healthcare provider like Physicians Rejuvenation Centers before deciding which form of BHRT is right for them.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between progesterone and estrogen?
Progesterone and estrogen are both hormones produced by the body. While estrogen plays a role in stimulating the growth of the uterine lining, progesterone helps to maintain it. Progesterone also helps regulate menstrual cycles and can help alleviate uncomfortable symptoms associated with menopause.
What is compounded bioidentical hormone therapy?
Compounded bioidentical hormone therapy involves creating a customized medication that contains hormones identical in molecular structure to those produced by the human body. This allows for tailored dosages and treatment plans based on individual needs.
What are hormone pellets?
Hormone pellets are small, rice-sized pellets that contain bioidentical hormones. They are inserted under the skin during an in-office procedure and release hormones into the body over time.
Can compounded bioidentical hormones increase the risk of endometrial cancer?
There is some evidence to suggest that long-term use of unopposed estrogen (without progesterone) may increase the risk of endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women. However, when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes progesterone, this risk may be reduced.
Can natural progesterone cream help alleviate vaginal dryness?
Yes, natural progesterone cream can help alleviate vaginal dryness by restoring hormone balance in the body. It is important to discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing with a healthcare provider to determine if hormone replacement therapy is right for you and which form would be most appropriate for your individual needs.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at Physicians Rejuvenation Centers
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be a safe and effective treatment option for postmenopausal women experiencing uncomfortable symptoms due to hormonal imbalances or deficiencies.
It is important to work closely with a healthcare provider who specializes in this area to determine the best course of treatment based on individual needs and medical history.
At Physicians Rejuvenation Centers, we offer supervised hormone replacement therapy programs that are tailored to each patient’s unique needs by our experienced team of medical directors and nurse practitioners who specialize in internal medicine/HRT.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help improve your quality of life through safe and effective HRT treatments like bioidentical hormone replacement therapy!