Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
The effects of menopause and aging for women can be extremely disruptive to everyday life, from hot flashes and sometimes severe mood swings to weight gain, decreased sexual drive, and insomnia. Fortunately, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for women at Revitalize Anti Aging Centers offers benefits to help fight against symptoms of aging without the use of synthetic hormones.
BHRT and Menopause
As women reach menopause, the body decreases the production of estrogen and progesterone — two key hormones responsible for maintaining metabolism, sleep, cognition, memory, reproduction, and more. A drop in hormone production creates an imbalance, which is why women may have hot flashes, feel fatigued, gain weight, and experience a decline in focus during menopause.
BHRT for women helps to return balance to the body and mind through supplemental bioidentical hormones, or hormones with identical chemical structures to that of progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone – a hormone which, although present in lower levels in women, is very important in maintaining a woman’s health. All of the BHRT hormones we use are taken from plant-based sources and have no artificial ingredients.
Benefits of BHRT
Studies show that BHRT for women provides the following benefits:
Improves symptoms of menopause
Women receiving BHRT experienced a decrease in hot flashes, irritability, vaginal dryness, anxiety, depression, and night sweats.
Reduces risks for developing cardiovascular issues
Due to the imbalance in estrogen production and its effects on blood vessels and arteries, women are more likely to be at risk for cardiovascular disease post-menopause. By supplementing estrogen levels through the use of BHRT, women lower their chances of developing heart disease as they age.
Better overall quality of life
By minimizing, or even eliminating, the symptoms that many menopausal women experience, BHRT provides relief from hot flashes, better sleep, more energy, increased focus, restored sexual desire, and an overall improvement in the quality of everyday life.
Questions and Answers about BHRT
Estrogen is the major sex hormone present in women. It plays a vital role in female reproduction and the development of female sexual characteristics including breast development.
Although there are three types of estrogen – estrone, estradiol, and estriol – the estradiol form it’s the most active and most predominant form of estrogen found in the premenopausal female body. It is produced in the ovaries and like all reproductive hormones, it starts from a building block of cholesterol.
Estrogen is protective with regards to a woman’s heart health, osteoporosis, brain function, skin health, and general wellbeing.
As a woman goes through menopause, her levels of estrogen decrease and this can cause several unwanted symptoms. These can include hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, low energy, difficulty sleeping, night sweats, weight gain, difficulty focusing and concentrating, osteoporosis, decreased muscle strength, heart disease, vaginal dryness, decreased sexual drive or libido, loss of skin elasticity. Replacing a woman’s estrogen levels to more youthful levels reverses a lot of these unwanted side effects.
This can be accomplished through orally dissolving tablets, creams, gels, patches applied to the skin, vaginal creams, and suppositories as well as sustain release pellets there are implanted under the skin several times a year in a 10-minute outpatient procedure and slowly dissolve, releasing their hormones.
Progesterone is another female sex hormone. It can alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, irritability, and headaches. It also has a sedative effect that helps restore a woman’s natural sleep cycle. If you are having insomnia, progesterone may very well help eliminate it. Progesterone should be taken orally before bedtime as its metabolites are responsible for the sedative effect.
No, testosterone is present in women but at much lower levels than in men. It is, nevertheless, a very important hormone for both genders.
Low levels of testosterone in women are responsible for depression, mood swings, osteoporosis, decreased muscle strength as well as low sexual desire or libido.
Testosterone levels in women can be restored to more youthful levels using gels, creams and bioidentical hormone sustain release pellets. Indeed, in many women, a combination of estrogen and testosterone in sustained release pellet form provides a nice solution to rebalancing hormones and improving the quality of life.
How BHRT Works
BHRT can be taken via several methods; orally dissolving tablets, topical creams or gels, and implantable pellets. While each option has its own pros and cons, pellets may offer the most consistent results.
One of the many benefits of using the pellet method is that it ensures that the full and proper dosage is administered consistently, providing optimal results. While other methods leave room for dosage fluctuations or human error, the pellet is administered by your doctor a few times a year and takes only a few minutes. It essentially eliminates the risk of accidental ingestion by pets or children as compared to topical creams or pills.
A BHRT pellet is no larger than a cooked grain of rice and is inserted under the skin. The pellet safely releases BHRT hormones (estrogen and/or testosterone) directly into the bloodstream over several months and is gradually absorbed by the body.
How do I learn more?
For a free consultation and to have your hormone levels checked, please make an appointment with Revitalize Anti Aging Centers. Take the first step to a more youthful, vigorous, and energetic you by calling (424) 257-2856 or visiting our contact page.