Women undergo many changes throughout life, with hormone fluctuation happening at almost every stage. Before menopause hits, hormone fluctuations are at their worst, causing uncomfortable symptoms, sometimes for years.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help by replacing lost hormones for symptom relief. Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) is a treatment that provides your body with hormones that are the same chemical structure as those your body makes.
If you're tired of suffering from night sweats, hot flashes, and mood swings, Dr. Inga Zilberstein offers BHRT to women in and around the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. She has years of experience as a board-certified OB/GYN and provides each patient with customized care for issues like menopause.
Understanding bioidentical hormone therapy
Your endocrine glands produce chemicals known as hormones that travel throughout the body and tell specific systems what to do and when to do it. Hormones run almost every system in the human body, which means even the slightest imbalance can throw things off and cause unwanted symptoms.
BHRT offers people with unbalanced hormones a realistic option to replace them. Labs manufacture bioidentical hormones from plant sources to create a treatment that mimics estrogen and progesterone.
Dr. Zilberstein can order customized or compounded bioidentical hormones based on your body's needs to offer you relief from bothersome symptoms.
Who needs bioidentical hormones?
The most common reason you may need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is to control symptoms related to perimenopause and menopause. As women age, hormones begin to fluctuate, and the body produces less estrogen and progesterone, which results in the symptoms of menopause.
If you have any of the following symptoms and they're affecting your daily life, you may be a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy:
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
- Night sweats
Using BHRT allows your body to replace needed hormones, eliminating or reducing the symptoms related to menopause.
Are there any side effects of treatment?
As with any other medical treatment, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has possible side effects. However, the side effects associated with BHRT are typically mild, and you may not experience any issues.
Some of the most common side effects people experience when using bioidentical hormones include:
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
Most of the side effects subside as your body gets used to the new fluctuation of hormones in your body.
Bioidentical hormone therapy: The bottom line
BHRT is worth it, primarily if bothersome menopause symptoms are affecting your life. It helps your body regulate functions that are out of whack due to hormonal imbalances.
Bioidentical hormones are a safe and effective way to treat symptoms related to perimenopause and menopause. If your symptoms are affecting how you're living life and disrupting your sleep, BHRT is a great option to provide you with a better quality of life.
They're also the closest form of hormone to your body's natural ones, which makes the transition smoother when you start treatment.
To find out if you can benefit from bioidentical hormone therapy, call Inga Zilberstein, MD, today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online through this website.