Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is seeing a surge of popularity among
women and men over the age of 35 – specifically those who feel fatigued, are experiencing weight gain and have run out of other options to manage the symptoms associated with hormone fluctuations.
Bioidentical hormones can help bring relief from symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women and men, such as hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, fatigue, weight gain, poor muscle tone, mood swings and irritability.
If you’re considering BHRT, it’s important to keep in mind that the benefits of bioidentical hormones1e far outweigh the risks.
The top 10 real-world benefits of using bioidentical hormones include the following.
1. Reduced risk of osteoporosis and improved bone density
Weak bones lessen your ability to do daily activities with ease. Broken bones, particularly major breaks such as hip fractures, can cause ongoing pain or even long-term disability. Osteoporosis, which literally translates to “porous bone,” is a disorder associated with loss of bone density, which leads to a higher chance of fractures and breaks among sufferers.
2. Reduced incidence of hot flashes and vaginal dryness
Sometimes, women undergoing menopause experience symptoms such as hot flashes or vaginal dryness. Hot flashes can last over the course of several years, and for some women, can be very uncomfortable and disrupt their lives. Meanwhile, if your vagina doesn’t produce enough lubrication, sexual intercourse will become painful for you, and you may be less likely to enjoy intimacy with your partner.
3. Better maintenance of muscle mass and strength
Many people start to lose muscle mass as young as their 30s – a condition known as sarcopenia. Symptoms can include weakness and loss of stamina, which can restrict your ability to maintain the activity and physical fitness levels you once enjoyed. Since lost muscle mass occurs even in people who remain physically active as they age, reduced hormone levels or testosterone imbalance are thought to be the main reason for sarcopenia.
4. Improved cholesterol levels
Doctors have long known about the clear link between blood cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease. LDL cholesterol is often called “bad” cholesterol because of its association with atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaque in arteries. Not all cholesterol is bad, and your body produces it naturally. However, if your body becomes deficient in certain hormones, it will respond by overproducing cholesterol in an attempt to restore hormone balance.
5. Reduced risk of breast cancer
One of the first steps in protecting the health of your breasts and preventing breast cancer is to recognize and reduce hormonal imbalances. According to a growing body of new research, almost all risk factors associated with breast cancer are directly or indirectly linked to an excess of estrogen, or estrogen that is out of balance with the hormone progesterone.
6. Better mental health
If it seems strange to you that hormones would affect your mental health, just think back to the emotional rollercoaster of puberty; then, the link between hormones and mental health may begin to seem more obvious to you. When you get older, you may experience a similar set of problems – including depression, anxiety and trouble sleeping – due to your changing hormone levels.
7. Improved sleep
Do you wake up every day feeling well-rested, refreshed and ready to face whatever your day might bring? If you answered no, you may be one of the many people who suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia, which cause extra stress and inflammation because it does not give your body the ability to fully restore and repair itself at night. If you experience chronic or overwhelming fatigue, the culprit may be that your cortisol levels are too high at night and too low in the morning. BHRT can restore normal cortisol balance and help you function better.
8. Better mood, concentration and memory
Serotonin is a hormone in your body that is responsible for mood. Lower serotonin levels, or levels of serotonin that are out of balance with other hormones, can lead to mood swings, irritability and problems concentrating on routine tasks.
9. Libido boost
Libido and hormones go hand-in-hand. If your sex drive isn’t as strong as it was when you
were younger – or, if you suspect your sex drive has always been lower than average – the root cause is hormonal.
10. Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Although medical researchers have yet to determine the exact causes of the dreaded diseases of Alzheimer’s and dementia, they do know hormones play an outsized role. Medical research has shown that decreases in hormones such as insulin, leptin and amylin among aging men and women have a direct effect on brain function and contribute to cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Why Do You Need BHRT?
Whether we like it or not, our hormone levels start to lessen beginning around our mid-30s to early 40s, and continue to remain at lower levels for the rest of our lives. Reduced hormone levels are natural, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to control how these changes will happen and how they will affect you.
Many patients opt for BHRT because it is a tailored approach to achieving better health. At Bespoke Wellness, we can custom-compound each bioidentical hormone prescription based on each patient’s individual diagnostic results, making bioidentical hormones much safer and more effective to use than synthetic hormones.
What are some signs that your hormones are shifting and, therefore, that you might be a candidate for BHRT? These include:
● Onset of menopause, including irregular periods that can continue for several years
● Thinning head and body hair in both women and men
● Lowered libido
● Vaginal dryness or painful intercourse
● Weight gain, especially around the abdomen
● Digestive issues
● Less energy – for some, even exhaustion or chronic fatigue
● Muscle weakness
● Dryer skin
● Changes in body temperature and other common symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes or night
● Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep
● Mood changes, emotional instability, irritability or anxiety
● Cognitive changes, such as brain fog, trouble concentrating or memory problems
How can you recognize whether your symptoms are related to hormonal changes, or due to another underlying health condition? Our expert advice is to think about how your overall physical and mental health have changed as you have gotten older.
For example, if you were physically active, ate a balanced diet and got the proper amount of sleep during your 20s and 30s, but during your late 40s, you found yourself unable to maintain your normal lifestyle habits due to sudden feelings of tiredness, irritability or an overall dip in energy levels, there is a good chance your symptoms are related to fluctuations in hormones like testosterone and estrogen.
When you’re ready to learn more about BHRT and whether it’s the right solution for addressing your complaints, contact our clinic at 941-402-5353. We want to help you achieve lifetime wellness with our holistic solutions.