Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy or BHRT entails the use of manmade hormones from plant-based estrogen that are chemically identical to those that our human body produces. It is used to treat both men and women when their hormonal levels have become unbalanced or have dropped. It is also a treatment to improve symptoms of cancer treatment and other conditions such as insulin resistance, adrenal and thyroid disorder, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia.
The treatment may compromise a variety of hormones such as estrogen progesterone and testosterone administered in various forms such as pills, patches, creams, gels and injections.
Treatment option greatly depends on individual needs and it is very important to speak to your doctor. Do ensure that your performing doctoer in highly trained and qualified in order to ensure the best suited treatment for you.
In some cases, more than one way may be adminstered in order to find the best suited treatment.
Depending on your doctor, you may require routine blood test, urine and saliva test to check your hormonal level and thus, adjust the dosage based on your changing hormonal levels.
Individuals on hormone treatment should be carefully monitored by their doctors and expect constant adjustments. Generally, it is best to keep the dose to the minimum required in order to achieve your goals.
BHRT treats an individual on a hormonal level which may result in moderate effects such as hot flashes, night sweats, changes in mood, loss of memory, weight gain, sleep problems, loss of interest in sex, or pain during sex.
Common side effects of BHRT may include:
• Weight gain
• Mood swings
• Increased facial hair in women
• Breast cancer.
Research has shown that hormone replacement therapy in general may increase the risk for certain conditions and diseases including:
• Blood clots
• Gallbladder disease
• Heart disease