Why Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy May Be Right For You

Hormones coordinate most of your body functions including your appetite, libido, and even your immune function. So when your body experiences a hormonal imbalance at menopause, it often comes with a significant impact on your well-being.

As you may suspect, some of the unwanted symptoms you are likely to experience include hot flashes, reduced sex drive, night sweats, increased fatigue, insomnia, sudden weight gain, loss of hair, mood swings, and forgetfulness.

If you have sleepless nights as a result of the above symptoms, there is hope for you. Dr. Mark Schumacher, MD has helped many women to thrive through menopause and enjoy life to the fullest with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

But what is BHRT and is it right for you?

Hormone therapy methods

To establish why BHRT might be appropriate for you, let’s look at some of the typical hormone therapies available:

1. Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy is a traditional form of treatment where a patient is induced with synthetic hormones to help with their hormonal imbalances. It can address common symptoms and may even provide some long-term improvement.

2. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses natural hormones and is the preferred method for most of our patients. The hormones are made from plant estrogens that are quite similar to a woman’s natural hormones and are safe for use.

3. Compounded bioidentical hormones therapy

Compounded bioidentical hormones therapy is similar to BHRT in that the hormones used are bioidentical. However, in CBT the hormones are custom-made for each patient.

This is done by special pharmacists. Saliva tests are conducted to determine hormone levels. Once this is done, the right dosage for each patient is determined and made in the lab.

There are two main disadvantages of using this kind of hormone treatment. First, the interaction of the different ingredients has not been tested prior to determining viability. Secondly, some of the ingredients have not been approved by FDA.

With this in mind, bioidentical hormones therapy remains the preferred method of treating premenopausal symptoms for most women who walk into our offices.

The Benefits of Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

Here are more reasons why most women continue to consider BHRT today:

1. Compatibility

Bioidentical hormones, as the name suggests, are compatible with a woman’s own hormones. They have molecular and biological characteristics that are similar to your natural hormones and therefore will be received by the body in the same way.

In addition, Dr. Schumacher makes sure he gives the right dosage based on individual patients. The ingredients are not custom-made, but the dosages are made based on a woman’s level of hormones.

2. Natural

They are natural. Even though they are manufactured, they are derived from plant sources such as yams. The fact that the body reacts similarly to bioidentical hormones and hormones produced naturally in the body is also another plus for BHRT.

3. Better bone health

BHRT helps improve bone loss. It can help prevent hip fractures and conditions such as osteoporosis.

4. Improved energy levels

BHRT helps boost energy levels. One of the obvious symptoms of declining hormone levels and hormonal imbalance is a drastic decrease in your energy levels. BHRT has been proven to be successful in alleviating this symptom.

5. Helps with insomnia

Promotes better sleep and reduces night sweats.

6. Vaginal health

Reduces vaginal dryness and improves sex drive in patients, as these are usually caused by hormonal imbalance.

You’re definitely not alone when it comes to hormones. Many find imbalances affecting specific areas of their lives and it’s not enjoyable. Dr. Schumacher is here to help.

If you are suffering from symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance and are not sure what solution is right for you, contact us or call 775-234-2301 for a free consultation.  

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