As women approach menopause, estrogen and progestin levels naturally drop. These changes cause a host of side effects that can seriously interfere with our quality of life. From weight gain to lowered libido to depression, the side effects of hormonal imbalance can directly affect a woman’s sense of self and enjoyment of life. That’s why many women turn to bioidentical hormones.
Since the Women’s Health Initiative explored the potential dangers of conventional hormone replacement therapy in 2002, an interest in naturally derived alternatives has taken off. When provided by experienced and qualified doctors, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a promising alternative to conventional HRT. Many women have reaped the benefits of a balanced, rejuvenated life with the help of this therapy, so let’s explore what it is, how it works, and if it could be right for you.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy vs. Conventional Hormone Replacement
Conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has a complicated past. Premarin, the first hormone replacement treatment, and other synthetic hormone products mimic some qualities of estrogen and progestin. However, they do not share the same chemical structure as human hormones, as they are synthesized using hormones found in the urine of pregnant horses.
Bioidentical hormones are derived from plants like soy and yam and engineered to have the exact same chemical structure as the hormones in your body. Many women prefer BHRT because they more naturally align with the hormones you already produce. And while we are still learning more about BHRT, some studies suggest that bioidentical hormones could be associated with lower risks compared to synthetic and animal-derived therapies.
How Do Bioidentical Hormones Work?
BHRT works by replenishing vital hormones that help us regulate weight, feel energetic, and enjoy a healthy sex life. By relying on chemically identical hormones rather than synthetic alternatives, BHRT pellets work more naturally to restore balance and a sense of self.
BHRT pellets are smaller than a grain of rice, and are inserted beneath your skin. Once placed, these pellets release carefully prescribed doses of hormones throughout the day to keep you feeling balanced, energetic, and present in the moment. These hormones are absorbed directly by the bloodstream, providing continuous, balanced therapy for 3-5 months per pellet.
What Are the Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones?
Unlike conventional HRT treatments, BHRT doesn’t cause peaks and valleys in hormone production that can lead to drastic mood swings. Also, because we use pellet therapy, rather than oral medications, the hormones are not altered by the liver or digestive system. Instead, they go straight into your tissues to provide:
- Relief from hot flashes & night sweats
- Relief from vaginal dryness and itching
- Better sleep
- More energy and vitality
- Improved strength & bone density
- Increased mental clarity
- Restored sex drive & pleasurability
Good Candidates for BHRT
If you are otherwise healthy and suffering from age-related hormone imbalances, BHRT could be an excellent treatment option for you. BHRT has been highly beneficial for many of our patients here at OB/GYN Associates of Alabama, but it may not be right for everyone. Hormone therapies do carry a possibility of increased blood clots or risk of cancer, and are not recommended for anyone with a history of breast cancer, stroke, or blood clots.
When you make an appointment with us, your provider will speak with you about your unique symptoms and medical history to determine your candidacy on an individual basis. While you are under our care, we will closely monitor your body’s responses to the treatment. And we will always be there to address any concerns you may have.
Have Questions? OB/GYN Associates of Alabama Have Answers
Getting older doesn’t mean giving in to fluctuations in your body’s changing systems. Thanks to modern science and understanding, you don’t have to suffer the damaging symptoms of menopause and other hormone imbalances. If you’re ready to experience relief and get back to feeling like yourself, give us a call today to schedule your consultation.
OB/GYN Associates of Alabama: Achieve Balance the Natural Way
At OB/GYN Associates of Alabama, we’re here to help women feel their best at every age. While decreasing hormone levels are a natural part of aging, you don’t have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms and side effects. If you’re ready to improve your quality of life and feel like yourself again, call 205-774-6994 or request an appointment online in Birmingham, Hoover, or Gardendale!