BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY IN WOMEN
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the use of “bioidentical hormones” to supplement your body’s natural supply when you aren’t producing enough on your own for optimal health. Hormones are messenger chemicals that tell other parts of the body how and when to work. Low or imbalanced hormone levels can have widespread effects on your health and feeling of well-being. In women, BHRT is most commonly used to treat the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. However, hormone imbalances can occur at any age, even in women as young as in their 20s.
Bioidentical hormones, which are man-made from plant estrogens, have the same molecular structure and act the same as natural human hormones. The most common hormones used in BHRT for women are estrogens – estradiol and progesterone. testosterone, and/or DHEA may also be part of a treatment plan for some patients.
BENEFITS OF BHRT IN WOMEN
When a woman’s hormones are out of balance, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may help relieve a wide array of different symptoms, both physical and emotional. BHRT may alleviate symptoms by treating the cause, not just the symptoms themselves. BHRT has been shown to:
Relieve hot flashes and night sweats Improve sleep Increase energy Stabilize mood, improving depression and anxiety Reduce irritability Reduce brain fog, and enhance memory Relieve vaginal symptoms such as dryness, itching, burning, and painful intercourse Increase libido Treat symptoms of PCOS In addition to regulating menstruation, estrogen actually has an impact on a woman’s urinary tract, heart and blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, thyroid, and brain. New research is demonstrating the protective effect of estrogen on many organs and systems throughout a woman’s life.
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