Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Natural, or Bioidentical hormone therapies have become a popular option for men and women in need of restoring hormonal balances within their bodies. The human body’s hormone production fluctuates at different life stages and ultimately declines as we age leading to things like menopause & andropause, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders and more.
Hormonal imbalances can lead to:
• Low Libido
• Sleep Issues
• Weight Gain
• Hair Loss
• Low Muscle Mass
Bioidentical hormone medications are identical to your own hormones, meaning your body cannot tell the difference between the supplemented hormones and your own natural ones. They are individualized therapy per patient and can supplement a wide range of male and female sex hormones, adrenal, pituitary, and thyroid.
What Is BHRT?
Bioidentical hormones are manmade hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those the human body produces. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are among those most commonly replicated and used in treatment. BHRT can be used to treat men and women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced. It’s most frequently used to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. It may also be used to treat conditions such as:
• adrenal and thyroid disorders
Why Should I Use BHRT?
Your body’s hormones control most of your basic bodily functions. They 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. So, when your hormones are out of balance, even slightly, it can have a big impact on your health and well-being.
We recognize that every patient has different hormone levels & should be treated individually with BHRT. During the first assessment we will test a full blood lab panel of all hormones, + adrenal + thyroid levels. Each patient is evaluated via full assessment & tested before the NP prescribes the individualized BHRT hormone treatment prescription.
BHRT Can Help With:
• wrinkling skin
• dry skin
• decreased bone density
• fine lines around mouth and eyes
• facial hair growth
• weight gain
• thinning hair or hair loss
• increased incidence of cysts
• sleep disturbances/insomnia
• rapid heartbeat
• shortness of breath
• urinary incontinence, discomfort, or changes in frequency
• loss of appetite
• dizzy spells
• bladder infection
• increased gas
• dry nose and mouth
• lowered sex drive
• nervous tension
• mood swings / confusion / irritability
• irritable bowel syndrome
• skin rash / irritation
• attention deficiencies, memory loss
• dry eyes
• aching joints
• hot flashes / night sweats / cold sweats
• breast tenderness
• tingling in hands and feet
• lack of energy
• vaginal discharge/ vaginal dryness<
• high cholesterol
How Will BHRT Benefit Me In The Future?
BHRT will help you feel like yourself again, even through the ups and downs of hormonal change. BHRT also helps with disease prevention and offers you a better quality of life as you get older. Low hormone levels cause cancer, bladder infections, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
For women – benefits of BHRT – helps increase libido, better memory, boosts energy and will help with your hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety and weight gain. See bottom of page for full list.
For men – benefits of bhrt/testosterone therapy – helps increase libido, lower muscle mass, more energy to work out – faster recovery time, sharper memory and more stamina and energy.
With accurate testing we can track your hormone levels and optimize them.
What Age Do You Need To Be To Take BHRT?
Patients who benefit from BHRT are as young as 16 years old (severe issues with periods, depression & acne), right up to 90 years old. Our hormone levels drop 1 to 3% per year once we hit the age of 30 years old. It is wise to get tested sooner then later, so the NP can have a precursor of what your hormones were when you were young and youthful instead of waiting until your hormone levels are really low, when you feel awful. You can still start BHRT when you are over 50 and take advantage of the benefits
Will Insurance or OHIP Cover Lab Tests or Consultations?
OHIP will cover the majority of the lab tests, there are a few that are not covered and the client has the option to decline these. Consultations are not covered at this time, but can submit on their taxes.
What are the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for women