Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Bio identical hormones are plant-based hormones that are chemically identical to those our bodies produce naturally. They have specific advantages over traditional hormone replacement therapies and can help eliminate chronic symptoms that seem to have no other source.
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Why Would Someone Need Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
Do you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis?
• Brain Fog
• Trouble Sleeping
• Weight Game
• Decreased Muscle Mass
• Mood Swings
• Decreased or Low Libido
• Hot Flashes
• Night Sweats
Unbalanced hormones can be the reason!
There are specific stages in everyone’s life during which hormonal balance is known to be out of whack, most famously during puberty – but also due to sudden lifestyle changes. Women experience menopausal symptoms in middle age because of changing estrogen and progesterone levels. For men, a lack of testosterone at later life stages can contribute to a phenomenon called male menopause.
Hormone replacement therapies seek to rebalance the amount of specific hormones, whether just one type of hormone (testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, cortisol, or thyroid) needs a boost or a number of them need adjustment through compounded bioidentical hormone therapy. Compounded bio-identical hormones, or mixed hormone therapy, simply refers to treatment plans that involve more than one hormone at a time.
What are Hormones?
Natural hormones are important signaling messengers in our bodies, which is why the slightest imbalance or gradual shift in the amount of specific hormones can lead to a host of symptoms and problems throughout the body. Your body’s hormones control many functions and serve as an internal communication system between cells throughout the body.
They coordinate everything from digestion and growth to your appetite, immune function, mood, and libido. Therefore, when your hormones are out of balance, even slightly, it can have a big impact on your health and well-being. Hormonal imbalance can lead to many uncomfortable symptoms including brain fog, trouble sleeping, gaining weight, hot flashes, and decreased interest in life.
The BHRT Process at AustinMD
For bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at AustinMD, our team will work with you to address the underlying imbalances of lifestyle and nutritional deficiencies that can lead to hormone imbalance or dysfunction. We utilize the most accurate hormone testing and natural therapies to balance your hormones, including bio-identical hormone therapy. This is the best and most natural way to balance your hormones compared to traditional hormone replacement therapy.
At AustinMD, we take a look at all of your hormone levels. We measure thyroid hormone levels, adrenal gland, and cortisol levels, as well as sex hormones levels. Our bodies need to have all three levels in balance for us to feel our best!
Preliminary laboratory testing is done with a combination of blood, saliva, or both to determine hormone imbalances. Once we have identified any imbalances, a customized treatment plan is designed with our patient’s lifestyle goals in mind, to address specific areas that need improvement. We may order regular blood work to track progress and ensure your therapy is working.
For women, whether they are pre- or post-menopausal, BHRT will be discussed as a means of addressing their symptoms and may need to be adjusted as they continue to age. This is a specific reflection on how everyone is unique and deserves a custom treatment plan for hormone imbalances. In a similar sense, many people might show similar symptoms but have completely different imbalances in their hormone expression.
How is BHRT different from HRT?
Bio-identical hormones are plant-based hormones that are chemically identical to those our bodies produce naturally. The hormones used in traditional HRT are made from the urine of pregnant horses and other synthetic hormones.
Bioidentical hormone replacement is the more natural way to support any hormone imbalances since they closely match the hormone structures of your own body rather than the synthetic forms provided by HRT. There are several form factors to administer BHRT, including creams, injections, skin patches, oral pills, and hormone pellets. We work with our patients to determine the best solution that will fit their individual needs and lifestyle.
Benefits of BHRT
While there are many hormone therapy doctors who practice medicine, there are various opinions about the best ways to provide hormone therapy. We encourage you to understand the differences between HRT and BHRT and decide for yourself what is best for your body. However, countless studies point to the many benefits of BHRT.
Some benefits of BHRT include:
• Supporting Healthy Muscle and Bone
• Restoring your Wellbeing
• Reduced Night Sweats
• Brain Support
• Better Sleep
• Reduced Mood Swings
• Reducted Risk for Heart Disease
• More Energy and Passion for Life
• Reducted Weight Gain or Loss
• Improved Libido
Hormone Imbalance Treatment With BHRT in Austin, TX
We at AustinMD believe that supporting our minds and bodies through natural approaches and natural products is the best choice to serve our clients. Learn more about hormones and how they might be affecting your overall health by scheduling a consultation with our lifestyle medicine specialists. Call or contact us online today to see if BHRT is right for you!
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What to Expect
Upon becoming a patient, the AustinMD team will order the necessary labs for your visit, book your initial consultation, and discuss with you – the steps necessary to prepare!
Are you a Candidate?
If you are considering participating in a specific BHRT program at AustinMD Aesthetics & Wellness, but still have more questions, please don’t hesitate to Contact us. Our Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy manager will be happy to answer your questions or give you more information on any of our programs.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) FAQ
Bioidentical hormones are a replica of the hormones that are naturally produced by the body. The difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones is that, although both are created in labs, synthetic hormones are not identical to the hormones naturally created in your body while bioidentical hormones match human hormones molecule by molecule.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy benefits men and women of various ages suffering from hormonal imbalances. Each treatment plan is uniquely tailored to the individual.
Bioidentical hormones are hormones derived from plants, such as soy or wild yams, and are designed to be structurally identical to the hormones produced naturally inside the human body. Additional ingredients in each prescription vary by hormone: testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, etc. and form: creams, gels, pellets, pills, etc.
Hormones affect a multitude of pathways in the body. Women may experience fluctuations in their hormone levels throughout the lifespan. Imbalances can occur due lifestyle and environmental factors, as well as expected changes, such as onset of menses, pregnancy, childbirth, perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause.
We live in a world of massive media and information. Make sure the information you receive is accurate. We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions from our patients. There are no simple answers to these questions. Because you are an individual with your own particular set of circumstances, we encourage you to learn more by contacting us directly.
To determine a client’s treatment, Dr. Roy and his staff will review your entire medical history. You may want to request copies of your medical files to share with him.
Your medical files and treatments are held in the strictest of confidence; all correspondence is handled through our secure patient portal.
We believe in education in bringing about improved wellness and teaching others about the importance of diet, exercise, hormones and stress relief.
We do not accept any form of medical insurance or Medicare. We do encourage you to use your insurance for lab work, however some tests may not be covered. You may also use pre-tax dollars from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Care Credit to pay for your consultations and supplements used for specific health problems.
A Health Savings Account (HSA) enables you to pay for medical expenses on a tax-free or pre-taxed basis. For more information and to see if you qualify, you will need to speak with your medical insurance provider.
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