Just like aging, hormonal changes are inevitable and often have a way of turning our lives upside down. In addition to all the other aspects of aging such as skin laxity, hormonal changes can impact the way we think, how healthy we are, and even how happy and fulfilled we feel. At Beautique in Knoxville, TN, we understand that one of the best treatments to correct age-related hormonal changes is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
To put it simply, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the easiest way for you to feel like you again when age-related hormonal shifts have left you feeling off-kilter. This type of hormone therapy uses hormones that are structurally identical to the hormones that are naturally produced by the body, meaning it’s easier for your body to absorb and use bioidentical hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are usually created with a plant-based natural sources (most often yams) that create human-compatible hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is used to replace hormones lost through the aging process and should not be confused with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that has been used in the past. Bioidentical hormones are superiorly effective compared to HRT, friendlier to the body, and have a low risk of unintended side effects.
Why Should You Consider BHRT?
There are a few reasons why prospective patients might want to consider BHRT. For example, one compelling reason for patients to seek this type of hormone therapy is the low likelihood of developing side effects from the treatment, which is a concern medical experts have about traditional HRT. The fact that bioidentical hormone therapy is also sourced from natural sources means that it is a more natural homeopathic treatment than synthetic hormone therapy, and also safer for the body.
But more than anything, the main reason you should consider BHRT is the fact that it can alleviate most, if not all, of your symptoms related to hormone imbalances. For both men and women, bioidentical hormones can help restore what the natural aging process has taken away. The major symptoms this treatment can help with include:
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Loss of strength
- Thin and dry skin
- Hair loss
- Night sweats and sweating
- Low libido
- Lack of sexual sensitivity
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep disturbance
- Confusion and poor memory
It’s important to remember that bioidentical hormones will not fix these issues by themselves, or even fix them permanently. The purpose of this hormone therapy is to help you restore the balance of your hormones so you can restore the balance of your life. What this amounts to in a practical sense is a renewed ability to manage your weight, moods, and your health much more effortlessly than before.
How Does Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?
Treatment with bioidentical hormones is very simple. After your consultation, where we discuss your symptoms and their onset, you may be required to complete a blood serum test to help determine the ideal dosage for your body. Once your dosage is determined, you will be given bioidentical hormones as a topical cream, an oral tablet, a patch, or a pellet.
Pellet therapy is generally the most reliable and fool-proof method of bioidentical hormone therapy. A hormone pellet is roughly the size of a grain of rice and is inserted directly into your body tissue, usually on the buttocks or the back of the hip. Over time, the pellet is metabolized by the body and the hormones are absorbed, which will eventually alleviate your symptoms.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
The results of your therapy will be gradual for pellet therapy. You may experience an initial improvement of your symptoms within the first 2-3 weeks after your appointment. For some patients, it may take as long as 6-8 weeks to experience the full effects of your treatment. You will likely have a follow-up treatment during this time to determine if the dosage you were given was effective for your treatment.
How Long Do Results Last?
Most patients can expect the results of this treatment to last for about 4 months at a time for pellet therapy. Some patients may experience results that last for 6 months or more depending on the baseline level of hormones in their body and the exact dosage of their treatment.
How Frequently Should You Have Treatment?
Ideally, patients should aim for a treatment frequency that will enable them to enjoy the results of hormone therapy throughout the year without any lapse or return of symptoms. For this reason, we generally recommend that patients have repeat pellet hormone therapy 3-4 times a year depending on how long each treatment lasts for you.
If this is your first time seeking pellet therapy with bioidentical hormones, then the best way to determine if it’s time for another treatment is to pay attention to your symptoms. As you near the 3 or 4 month mark, you may begin to notice that some symptoms are returning, such as hot flashes or low libido. When this happens, then you are likely due for another round of treatment and you should schedule a treatment soon.
Who Are Good BHRT Candidates?
Good candidates for bioidentical hormone therapy, either with pellets or with another delivery system, are any adult who is experiencing one or more symptoms of age-related hormonal imbalance. This therapy is for women and men who are experiencing menopause and andropause, and who would prefer a natural solution to counteract their symptoms and restore balance to their lives. We will determine your qualification for this treatment further during your consultation appointment.
Start Feeling Like Your Beautiful Self Again With BHRT!
It’s time to take back control and restore your hormones to bring back your inner balance. The key to feeling as healthy and full of youthful vigor is to address the root of your symptoms, which is invariably the loss of natural hormone production as a result of the aging process. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an effective solution for many of your age-related problems – including those that affect your beauty and confidence. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.