How does Hormone Depletion happen?
Hormone depletion occurs when the production of natural hormones declines in aging adults. This can start as early as the age of 30. As a result, we begin to feel less vitality and less vigorous. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy replenishes the hormones that you need to feel good and function at your best!
What is HRT?
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the process by which vital hormones like human growth hormone, estrogen and testosterone are replaced to mimic the body’s natural process. Hormone replacement is natural and usually plant-based. The substances have an identical molecular structure and chemical composition as the hormones naturally produced by your body. By contrast, synthetic hormones have a different molecular structure: drug companies can’t patent a molecule produced naturally by the human body, so they design synthetic hormones that are molecularly different and therefore patentable. For example, Premarin, Prempro, and Provera are most obvious and widely prescribed examples of products containing synthetic hormones.
How are bioidentical hormones given?
There are many ways to get bioidentical hormones. These include pills, patches, creams, gels, shots, and implanted pellets. Your doctor will decide which method is best for you. Also, you may try more than one way before you find one that works well for you.
How does my doctor select my dose?
People on hormone treatment are monitored very closely by their providers. According to a patient’s symptoms and needs, doses are often adjusted with the goal of keeping the dose to the minimum required to achieve your goals. Depending on your provider, you might have routine blood, urine or saliva tests to check your hormone levels. Your doctor may adjust your dose based on your changing hormone needs.
Are bioidentical hormones safe?
The FDA has approved bioidentical hormones and they have been tested for safety. They have passed the FDA’s very strict standards and have been shown to be safe for people to use.
Potential benefits of bioidentical hormones include:
- reduced fatigue.
- increased sex drive.
- less hair thinning.
- reduced hot flashes.
- less dry skin.
- improved sleep.
- reduced bloating.
- better thinking and memory.