Both men and women experience hormonal declines and changes through life. For women, the changes can begin as early as the mid 30s but more commonly in 40?s and 50?s. Onset of perimenopause can be rapid with varying symptoms from worsening PMS to hot flashes. Men experience a much more insidious decline and have their own version of menopause, called andropause which may result in reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, and/or fatigue.
If symptoms are mild, they can be managed with lifestyle changes and herbal support. When more severe, hormone replacement therapy may be necessary to restore quality of life.
Why Bioidentical Hormones
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) provides specifically designed hormones that are molecularly identical to those that naturally occur in the human body. The hormones originate from a plant source and are then compounded into identical forms of natural estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone..
Testing and personalized treatment is key
Testing is done on each patient taking any form of BHRT. Testing is repeated annually.
Hormone prescriptions are customized for each patient in order to eliminate symptoms at the lowest dosage.
Can everyone take BHRT?
At this time, it is not recommended for women who have had breast cancer or clotting disorders. It is also not advised for women who have a familial history or genetic disposition of these. In addition, BHRT is not given to women who have been post menopausal for greater than 10 years.