Hormone therapy is used to provide sustained hormone levels throughout the body, most commonly for women before, during and after menopause. It’s a supplementation method that provides relief to the more common symptoms and can make the aging process more enjoyable.
Bioidentical hormone therapy can be just as effective as well, but what sets it apart? Let’s take a closer look at what bioidentical hormone therapy is – how it works, along with its risks and benefits:
What is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
According to Mayo Clinic, “bioidentical” means that the hormones in the therapy are chemically produced to become identical to the ones that the body creates naturally. This means that the hormones generated may be exactly the same as those produced for patients who use traditional hormone therapy.
“Bioidentical hormone therapy can be administered through pellet implants.”
How does it work?
According to the lifestyle blog Dr. Axe, bioidentical hormone therapy treatment comes in the form of creams, lotions, injections, gels, sprays or tablets. Additionally, bioidentical hormone therapy can be administered through pellet implants, which are placed beneath the skin and then release small doses of hormones in your system. Your doctor will select your dosage based on your needs, according to the severity of your symptoms. You may be asked to go through regular blood, urine or saliva tests to routinely check your hormone levels. This will give your doctor an idea of how necessary hormone therapy is.
Essentially, the treatment works to balance out your hormones and build up depleted stores, promoting proper organization of your hormones and overall functioning of your system.
Who needs Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
As stated earlier, women living through the stages of menopause can benefit from bioidentical hormone therapy. Those who experience regular hot flashes, memory loss, weight gain, low libido and other symptoms common to the period can find relief with this therapy. Other signs that may indicate you’re a great candidate for bioidentical hormone therapy, according to Dr. Axe, are as follows:
- Your menstrual cycles are irregular.
- Your hair is thinning.
- Your sex drive is low.
- You experience vaginal dryness.
- You experience chronic fatigue.
Does bioidentical hormone therapy sound like the right treatment for you? Let’s discuss some of its many benefits:
What are its benefits?
Remember, most of the problems listed above are natural signs of the aging process. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should have to live with the pain and discomfort caused by growing older. Let’s take a closer look at some of the many benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy:
- Increased energy levels.
- Decreased hot flashes.
- Improved sleep patterns.
- Improved sex drive.
What are the side effects?
While there are certainly many benefits of using bioidentical hormone therapy to reduce signs of aging, there are still possible side effects of the treatment. According to the Cleveland Clinic, customized bioidentical hormones are often known as a safer and more effective option than conventional hormone therapy, but risks are still involved. Some of the more severe issues include an increased risk of:
- Blood clots.
- Gallbladder disease.
- Heart disease.
- Breast cancer.
Additionally, your body many not react well to your first dose and result in you experiencing issues you were using the treatment to relieve. Those include, but are not limited to:
- Weight gain.
- Increase facial hair growth.
Remember: These side effects will likely occur as your body adjusts to the new levels of hormones. If they do not wear off as your therapy continues, speak to your doctor about adjusting your doses.
At Longevity & Stem Cell Centre of Houston, we provide compounded hormone pellet implant therapy as a method of relief for the common symptoms caused by premenopause, menopause and postmenopause, and can essentially counteract the effects of aging. This therapy can help to restore your body and replenish your hormone levels.
For more information on hormone therapy, or another of the other treatments we provide, don’t hesitate to contact us today.