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Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Hormone replacement therapy is an effective way to combat symptoms of hormone loss. The most common instances of decreased hormone production is menopause in women and andropause in men. However, many other individuals also benefit from replenishing lost hormones, such as those with thyroid issues, obesity, or low testosterone andropause (low T).

Men gradually decrease testosterone production as they age; generally, a man in his 50s will begin to feel the symptoms of andropause. The most common symptoms include mood swings, low energy levels, bone and muslce loss, mild to moderate erectile dysfunction, and a lack of focus among other things. Men as early as their 40s can benefit from hormone replacement therapy, to further prevent the gradual symptoms.

Believe it or not, women benefit greatly from hormone replacement therapy even prior to menopause. This point in a woman’s life is called perimenopause, and it actually happens several years before menopause—sometimes up to a decade before. In fact, it’s possible for women as young as their thirties to experience decreased estrogen production and enter the menopause transition. Some of the most common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, sleeplessness, vaginal dryness and inflammation, and decreased muscle mass. These are all due to the accellerating loss of sex hormones that occur after the final menstrual cycle. With hormone replacement therapy, a combination of estrogen and progestogen—female sex hormones—lessen the debilitating side effects.

A New Form of Hormone Therapy

Formerly, hormone replacement therapy had a cookie-cutter approach; dosage size was restricted to only a few options, and people often ended up taking an amount that was too little or too large. Many times, this resulted in adverse side effects—which were sometimes dangerous—that caused individuals to stop taking hormone replacement therapy altogether. That is, until a more personalized form of hormone replacement therapy came to exist: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Unlike hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy focuses on each patient’s unique properties. Each patient’s bioidentical hormones are created in a lab, based on a unique prescription performed by a clinical professional. This personalized approach revolutionized hormone therapy in a variety of ways.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHT)

a clear, vivid close up of a hormone molecule photoContrary to past practices of hormone replacement therapy, BHT utilizes the body’s own unique properties and matches the bioidentical hormones to your body’s own production. Unlike being forced to choose between, let’s say, a small, medium, or large, you can have a custom fitting tailored to your exact body measurements.

Dr. Curtis Adams with Progressive Integrated Healthcare is trained in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. After we determine your body’s precise hormone needs, we send the results to a specialty lab that creates your unique medication based on your specific formula. Because these bioidentical hormones are created specifically for your body, it can’t actually tell the difference between them and the hormones your body produces. For that reason, bioidentical hormone therapy is also often referred to as “natural hormone therapy.”

Why BHT?

Although this is a fairly new method of hormone therapy, the benefits are crystal clear: BHT lessens menopausal and andropausal side effects and is very safe compared to prior methods of hormone replacement therapy. Prior to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, standard hormone replacement therapy trials resulted in threatening side effects. Before BHT, studies found that cookie-cutter hormone trials increased participants’ risk for breast cancer, myocardial infarction, and deep vein thrombosis among other side effects. With ongoing medical research, BHT—the more personalized approach to hormone replacement therapy—is safe, effective, and far more beneficial.

Today, the use of bioidentical hormones manufactured for each body’s precise hormone levels have shown very positive results. Current data shows that BHT is not only a safe form of hormone replacement therapy, but it is also more effective in lessening the symptoms of menopause and andropause. Because BHT is relatively new, ongoing studies are in progress and showing great results: the National Institute of Health has registered two trials of female bioidentical hormone use at ClinicalTrials.gov, of which are currently ongoing.

See If BHT Is Right for You

latex gloved hands holding a test tube with greenery and plants inside, signifying natural science for hormone replacement therapyWhen you think about it, replenishing the body’s lost hormones—and decreasing the side effects that come with it—makes sense. With today’s unique and advanced approach to match each patient’s distinct needs, individuals experiencing menopause, andropause, or low hormone production can benefit greatly from bioidentical hormone replacement.

Progressive Integrated Healthcare is currently accepting new patients. To schedule a consultation or book an appointment with Dr. Curtis Adams to see if BHT is right for you, call our clinic at (972) 587-7246 or fill out our online form today.

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