10 Most Common Questions About Bioidentical Hormones
Bioidentical hormones, as the name implies, are exactly the same on a chemical and molecular level, as the hormones produced and used by your own body.
Instead of being mass produced in the manufacturing facilities of major pharmaceutical companies, they are custom made by local compounding pharmacists.
For these and many other reasons, bioidentical hormones are the most effective way of administering hormone replacement therapy.
Still, many questions and misconceptions remain about bioidentical hormone therapy or BHRT.
Here are 10 of the most common questions I encounter about bioidentical hormones and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
- 1. Is bioidentical hormone therapy safe?
BHRT is very safe. It is probably the safest form of HRT available. Bioidentical hormones uses the same hormones, molecule-for-molecule, as the ones which occur naturally in your body including progesterone, estrogen and testosterone.
Bioidentical hormones are made from all natural plant sources to create hormones that are exact duplicates of human hormones. Bioidentical hormones are better recognized by the hormone receptors in your body, and are therefore more effective, and better tolerated, than their synthetic counterparts.
- 2. What is a compounding pharmacist?
Bioidentical hormones are the opposite of the mass-produced drugs and medicinal treatments made by the big pharmaceutical giants. A compounding pharmacist prepares prescriptions that are custom made for the individual needs of each patient.
- 3. What can BHRT do for me?
As both men and women age, our bodies produce less and less of several critical hormones. The most significant decline is of the so-called “sex hormones” (i.e. estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone).
As these levels drop women go through the commonly recognized symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, low libido and other sexual wellness issues.
- 4. How Can Men Benefit from HRT?
Men go through a similar condition known as andropause, or Low Testosterone (aka Low-T). Symptoms of Low-T include fatigue, mood swings, low libido, loss of muscle mass and increased body fat.
BHRT can helps restore what time takes away and can help relieve these symptoms in both men and women.
- 5. How soon can I see results from BHRT?
Results vary from person to person, and from men to women. Some patients report almost immediate results, feeling noticeably better in just a few days. For most patients, however, BHRT takes about 3-6 months to restore your hormones to their optimal balance.
- 6. How long will I have to be on bioidentical hormones?
That also depends a lot on your individual needs and lifestyle. The answer depends as much on how well your body responds to BHRT, as it does to your diet, overall fitness level, sleep habits etc.
We tailor our programs to your particular needs and lifestyle, and monitor you throughout the process, to ensure you are on the program that is right for you.
- 7. What about side effects of BHRT?
Despite what you may have heard about side-effects of hormone replacement therapy, very few people experience negative side effects when using bioidentical hormones. The supposed links between HRT and serious side effects such as breast or prostate cancer, heart disease and blood clots, have all been recently disproven.
- 8. Do I need a doctor to prescribe BHRT?
Absolutely! And that is part of what makes it so safe. Your physician will prescribe the right course and dosage of bioidentical hormones specifically for you, which will then be custom made by the compounding pharmacy.
Your doctor can modify or change your dosage over the course of your treatment as needed. Which is one of the advantages of compounding and BHRT.
- 9. At what age should I consider BHRT?
Generally speaking your body’s key hormone levels start to drop after your mid-20s. Plus, the symptoms of less than optimal hormones can begin as early as your mid-30s. In general most men and women start BRT between the age of 35 and 40, but it is less about your age, as it is about how you feel.
If you are feeling moody, stressed, tired, gaining weight, and/or experiencing sexual wellness issues, don’t wait. You should see your doctor and find out if you may be a candidate for BHRT.
- 10. How are bioidentical hormones administered?
Bioidentical hormones can be given a number of ways — via transdermal patches, creams, gels, or sub-dermal pellets. You and your doctor will determine which is the best method for you.
Bioidentical Hormones for Testosterone Optimization
Now that you more about the facts of BHRT, if you are a man between the ages of 35 – 55 you should also understand the many ways testosterone optimization can benefit you.
Testosterone optimization can help you:
- Feel stronger and more youthful
- Think more clearly
- To perform better sexually
- Increase muscle mass and strengthen your bones
- Improve your moods and fight depression and anxiety
- Better regulate your sleep habits
- Gain more energy
The only way to find out if bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy is right for you, is to see a qualified doctor. Contact our office today for a free consultation. You may even qualify for your first month’s supply of testosterone absolutely FREE!
You can find out a lot more about bioidentical hormones and hormone optimization and other ways to age optimally in Dr. Gaines’ new full length book, Great Gains For Life.
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