Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy – BHRT or hormone therapy for short – has emerged as one of the safest and most effective ways to replace and stabilize symptoms associated with hormone imbalances – and an increasing number of well-known celebrities use it. It’s the most well-known hormone therapy and many people are getting themselves familiarize with it these days.
Angelina Jolie chose a form of BHRT after preventative cancer surgery resulted in early menopause. Celebrities ranging from Oprah Winfrey and Sylvester Stallone to Whoopi Goldberg and Demi Moore have all chosen BHRT therapy over other methods to combat symptoms linked to hormone imbalances.
Many women are familiar with monthly hormone fluctuations that coincide with their period, but disruptions in hormone levels can occur for any number of reasons.
Hormone levels drop significantly after the birth of a child, can be affected by certain medications and some medical conditions, along with menopause in women and andropause in men.
Hormone imbalances have a wide array of unpleasant symptoms, from urinary incontinence and mood swings to a decrease in mental clarity. The condition also represents an additional risk to your health for certain diseases.
BHRT is the modern, high-tech way to replace and stabilize hormone levels to restore your vitality, energy and a more satisfying quality of life.
Below are 25 reasons why you should also consider BHRT:
1. Hormone Therapy Is Effective for Men and Women
Hormone deficiencies aren’t specific to women – men have them, too. In women, it’s called menopause and men experience andropause. Hormone difficulties can happen at any age and BHRT is appropriate for treating imbalances from multiple causes.
2. Long-Lasting, Consistent Protection
BHRT lasts for 3-6 months before it must be replaced, depending on your individual needs. It utilizes a small pellet the size of a grain of rice and is typically implanted in fatty tissue near the hip. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia in the office and a consistent dose of hormones is delivered 24/7.
3. Improves Sex and Libido
One of the first things to suffer if you have a hormone problem is often your libido and sex life. Adequate levels of hormones are essential for a fulfilling sex life. Insufficient hormones can also result in vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.
4. Reduces Stress Incontinence
Kegel exercises won’t help with hormone-related stress incontinence. Imbalances weaken tissues, causing involuntary leakage when you lift, laugh, sneeze, cough and it can even occur during sex.
5. Anxiety, Depression and Mood Swings
The rollercoaster of emotions accompanying hormone imbalances are well-documented. They can include anxiety, irritability, depression and mood swings that can occur quickly and without warning.
6. Improves Memory and Concentration
Many women have reported feeling like they’re in a constant mental fog when hormones are out of kilter. Difficulty concentrating, focusing, remembering and even learning new things is all affected.
7. Heightens Energy Levels
When suffering from a hormone problem, you may feel perpetually tired, lack energy, and feel lethargic. You may feel an overall lack of vitality and even minor tasks may leave you feeling exhausted.
8. Helps Combat Weight Gain
If you find that you’re putting on pounds, especially around the middle, the reason could be hormonal. The way you gain and lose weight is directly related to hormone levels.
9. Subdue Hot Flashes
These unpleasant sensations can occur with or without profuse sweating and strike without warning. They can happen whether you’re active or at rest.
10. Eliminates Night Sweats
For some, hormonal changes first manifest as sleep disturbances that may or may not be accompanied by night sweats. In some instances, night sweats are the reason for sleep disturbances. The lack of sound sleep can magnify other hormone-related symptoms.
11. Fights Osteoporosis
Hormones affect the density and strength of your bones and women are at risk of developing osteoarthritis and experiencing bone fractures if a hormone imbalance exists. Hormones are instrumental in how your bones utilize calcium.
12. Promotes Joint Health
Hormones are responsible for helping the body produce collagen, a substance that’s present in connective tissues throughout the body. Inflammation and joint pain occur when the body doesn’t have sufficient collagen levels.
13. Improves Spinal Health
Everyone has seen older individuals who appear to have a bend or hump in the upper back area and it may be attributable to a hormone imbalance that affects the connective tissue. A hormone imbalance increases the risk of disc fractures of the vertebrae.
14. Helps Digestion and Strengthens the Immune System
Your immune system is centered in the gut, enabling your body to fight infection, diseases and create antibodies. When hormone levels are disrupted, it affects your immune system and can create digestive issues. Constipation is more common in older individuals as a result.
15. Offers Protection from Disease
Hormone disruptions place you at greater risk for a wide variety of serious health issues that include diabetes, dementia, and cardiovascular disease.
16. Breast Tissue
The breasts are especially susceptible to changes in hormones. Imbalances can cause tenderness, swelling, and pain. The effects of hormone changes may be more obvious if you have fibrocystic breasts.
17. Post-Partum Depression
After the birth of a child, hormone levels change and sharply decline. BHRT has been proven to alleviate the physical and emotional symptoms of post-partum depression.
18. Irregular Periods and Infertility
Fluctuating or imbalanced hormones in younger women can result in irregular periods which in turn can affect fertility.
19. Hair Today
A full, luxurious head of hair is associated with femininity and masculinity, but a hormone imbalance can play havoc with your locks, resulting in hair loss or thinning at the very least.
From hormones to genetics, headaches can be caused by a multitude of factors. Even if you don’t normally experience headaches, hormone changes can trigger mild discomfort to full-blown migraines.
21. Builds Muscle Mass and Strength
A balance of hormones is necessary for increasing muscle mass, maintaining current levels, and preventing loss. Muscle loss results in strength deficits throughout the body.
22. Diminishes Tingling, Prickling, and Numbness
All three sensations can appear singly or in combination when hormone changes occur. They typically affect the extremities, don’t last long, but often return over the course of several years. The sensations aren’t dangerous, but they are extremely annoying.
23. Decreases Burning Mouth Syndrome and Electric Shock
While burning mouth syndrome (BMS) and sensations that resemble an electric shock are rare, they do occasionally occur as the result of hormone changes. When experiencing BMS, any part of the mouth may feel like you’ve burned yourself from drinking a hot beverage. Electric shock is self-explanatory, can happen without warning and affect any part of the body.
24. Revitalizes Erectile Function
While erectile dysfunction is specific to men, it’s a serious concern that can be alleviated with BHRT. The therapy is also effective in sexual wellness for other male-specific issues.
25. Restores Complexion
Hormone changes have an impact on your skin and the way you look. Imbalances will exacerbate fine lines and wrinkles, can increase acne outbreaks, and give your skin a dull and dry appearance.
Is Hormone Therapy Right for Me?
Schedule a NO-Obligation consultation with Dr. Bent to discuss your symptoms and concerns at (954) 796.0111.
A simple test can be performed to determine if you have a hormone imbalance and will be used to create a custom bioidentical hormone therapy treatment if applicable.
Dr. Bent can explain how BHRT works and the results you can expect to get your life back on track.