When you're going through menopause, the symptoms can sometimes be really uncomfortable. If you can't get them under control with lifestyle changes, you might be a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which helps balance your fluctuating hormones and ease your symptoms.
Dr. Inga Zilberstein and her team offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and other treatment options at her office in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Dr. Zilberstein takes the time to explain proper application to ensure the best results with BHRT.
What are bioidentical hormones?
During menopause, your body can no longer carry a child as your hormones drastically change and your body goes into a whirlwind of discomfort from various symptoms. The decreased production of estrogen and progesterone in your body drives these symptoms.
While some women can handle menopausal symptoms without treatment, you may struggle to endure the symptoms if they interfere with your normal activities. This is where hormone replacement therapy can help.
Bioidentical hormones are simply hormones that are genetically similar to those that your body produces. They’re lab-created from plants, and chemists make them similar in structure to the hormones in your body. The benefit of this is that they're considered safer and more effective than chemical hormones alone.
How do you apply bioidentical hormones?
Various forms of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are available. Talk to Dr. Zilberstein about how comfortable and consistent you are with administering your own HRT. She may recommend any of the following applications:
- Implanted pellets
Many people opt for transdermal applications because they're noninvasive and easy to apply. Transdermal BHRT includes patches, creams, and gels.
Dr. Zilberstein walks you through starting your hormone replacement therapy and explains how to correctly apply the hormones to your skin. You must follow the directions carefully and consistently to ensure you get the best outcome from your treatment.
The best place to put bioidentical hormones
The route of application for your bioidentical hormone therapy depends on the route of administration and the dose. Dr. Zilberstein thoroughly evaluates your symptoms and health to determine the best hormone application.
The quickest route of administering a hormone cream is transvaginally. Your vagina is highly vascular, allowing your body to absorb the cream's hormones quickly and efficiently.
However, if you can't put it in your vagina, you can apply creams and gels in other areas as well, including:
Dr. Zilberstein evaluates your progress throughout your hormone therapy and changes your therapy, dose, or route of administration if necessary. If you're not experiencing improvement in your menopausal symptoms with BHRT, she helps you find an alternative.
If you require bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and have questions about how to use it for the best benefit, don't hesitate to call us, text us, or request an appointment using our convenient online booking tool today.