Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is one of the various treatment options for people dealing with low hormone levels. If you're a woman going through menopause, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be very helpful with symptom relief.
You have the choice between traditional hormone replacement therapy and bioidentical hormones. So which one is best for your needs?
Both have similar effects, and both are manufactured. Still, BHRT offers a plant-based approach to restoring the hormones estrogen and progesterone that more closely mimic your natural hormones for a smoother transition.
Dr. Inga Zilberstein and her team provide both forms of HRT for women dealing with hot flashes and other uncomfortable symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. There are many reasons to consider BHRT over regular HRT. Dr. Zilberstein gives you all of the information you need to make the best decision for you.
About bioidentical replacement hormones
Bioidentical hormones are those that scientists make from the footprint of your natural hormones. They differ from traditional hormone replacement therapy options because they come from plants.
Regular HRT uses hormones scientists take from horse urine, which has been very successful in treating menopause and perimenopause symptoms. The issue is that some women don't want to take hormones from an animal's urine.
Bioidentical hormones offer women a chance to restore low hormone levels with hormones manufactured according to the same chemical structure as the hormones your body makes. The three most common hormones in BHRT are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. They come in many forms, including pills, patches, and creams.
Who should consider hormone therapy?
Anyone who is dealing with a drop in essential hormones and is experiencing uncomfortable symptoms related to the transition into menopause can consider hormone replacement therapy. Hormone levels drop as you age, especially in women in perimenopause or menopause.
If you have any of the following symptoms and are unable to get them under control on your own, you're a good candidate:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Memory loss
- Extreme fatigue
- Trouble sleeping
- Low libido
Before you try HRT, Dr. Zilberstein may suggest making lifestyle changes such as healthy diet and exercise regimens to help you deal with the fluctuations in your hormone levels throughout menopause. If you’re not noticing adequate relief, HRT may help you feel more like your usual, energetic self again.
Reasons to choose bioidentical hormones
These are the four most significant reasons you may want to consider BHRT.
1. You have menopausal symptoms
One of the main reasons for taking bioidentical HRT is to appease low estrogen levels related to aging and menopause. If your menopausal symptoms are running your life and you can't get relief through lifestyle changes, BHRT may be just what you need.
2. They're plant-based
Bioidentical hormones differ from traditional HRT because they come from plants. Average HRT often comes from pregnant animal urine. While BHRT is still a synthetic compound, it has the same molecular structure as the hormones they’re meant to replace.
3. They can be designed specifically for you
Dr. Zilberstein evaluates your specific needs and hormone levels to work with a pharmacy to create a BHRT specific to your needs. She can have a particular compound of small amounts of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone made to give your body what it requires.
4. They help you feel better
Menopause and perimenopause cause various symptoms, some of which can become unbearable when you deal with them daily. BHRT helps your body regulate these fluctuating hormones, which relieves your uncomfortable symptoms.
Call or text our office at 830-254-5941 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zilberstein about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. You can also request a consultation online.