Bioidentical Hormones Explained
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, also known as BHRT for short, is a treatment option that is used to treat a number of conditions related to imbalances and deficiencies of hormones within your body. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy can be prescribed and administered by your local Baltimore Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Michael Cohen, M.D., of Belcara Health of Maryland.
Find Hormone Balance, Naturally
Hormones and the glands that secrete them into the bloodstream make up the endocrine system. Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the body until they find where they are needed. Hormones affect virtually every part of your body, so when you experience problems with them, the symptoms that result can be pretty severe.
Hormones become imbalanced for a number of reasons. Sometimes the cause is stress, poor diet, lack of exercise or lack of sleep. Other times hormone imbalance is the result of illness or injury.
Our hormones also fluctuate and decline at certain points in our lives. When women go through menopause, for instance, production of estrogen and progesterone drops dramatically. Men, on the other hand, often experience low testosterone levels in their mid-life as testosterone production gradually decreases over time.
Conditions Commonly Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Low Testosterone
A Natural Hormone Replacement Solution
BHRT uses bioidentical hormones to supplement your body with the hormones it is not producing on its own. Bioidentical hormones are naturally occurring hormones in plant matter that are identical in chemical composition to the hormones that your body produces on its own.
If bioidentical hormones are the same as what your body already produces, you might be wondering what makes them unique. Well, the hormones that are prescribed in regular, non-identical hormone replacement therapy are synthetic hormones. These are not naturally occurring, in your body or elsewhere.
In fact, the chemical structures of synthetic hormones are altered from natural hormones in order for their manufacturers to be able to patent their chemicals. You can’t patent what already exists in nature, so the result is modified hormones with added components that your body does not want nor need.
At Belcara Health, we use a variety of methods to administer hormone therapy, including pellets, pills, topicals, and injections. Your delivery method will depend upon the type of therapy you need and your preference. Pellets, about the size of a grain of rice, are implanted under the skin in the fatty tissue, to release small doses of hormones, mimicking the body’s natural hormone production. Pellets can last between 3 to 6 months and are completely dissolved before the next pellet is inserted, and insertions are virtually painless.
Hormone Therapy for Men
Men have their peak testosterone levels in their late 20’s, and then it’s downhill from there. The result is andropause or male menopause. Low testosterone levels can result in depression, fatigue, irritability, frailty, sleep problems and decreased sexual drive. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy will balance your testosterone levels, significantly reduce these symptoms and greatly improve your quality of life. Common outcomes are:
- Mood stability, decreased irritability and depression
- Increased sexual drive
- More energy
- Greater concentration and ability to focus
- Better sleep
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Women
In women, hormone imbalances are common during monthly menstruation, peri-menopause (which can occur in the 30’s), menopause. In addition to reproductive-related changes, hormone imbalances can also be caused by thyroid disease, adrenal issues, stress, metabolic syndromes, environmental toxin, and smoking.
When estrogen, progesterone and testosterone production fluctuates, women may experience weight gain, mood changes, low energy, slower metabolism, hot flashes, insomnia, and decreased sex drive. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can reverse these symptoms and greatly improve your quality of life in many ways, including:
- Improved weight management
- Better skin, hair, and nails
- Less anxiety, depression, irritability, and stress
- Improved sexual desire
This treatment can also decrease a woman’s risk for osteoporosis, dementia and heart disease. Estrogen contributes to maintaining bone mineral density. After menopause, women are at higher risk for bone density loss, partially because of the loss of estrogen levels.
Baltimore Bioidentical Hormones Specialists, Michael Cohen, M.D., has successfully treated many men and women with (BHRT) Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy in a relaxing environment with a calming, beautiful, comfortable setting. At Belcara Health, you get the atmosphere of a luxurious, 5-star facility with procedures and treatments that give you medically visible results.