Hormones govern many of our body’s daily functions. These hormones communicate with one another to manage your digestion, immunity, growth, libido, and mood, among other factors. Hormonal imbalances can have consequences, and addressing an imbalance can massively benefit your mental health, physical health, and wellbeing.
In recent years, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has continued to gather momentum as a solution to some of the issues. At The Healthy Choice, we’re prepared to help you determine whether BHRT is right for you. Read on to learn more about what we can offer.
What Is BHRT?
BHRT can help manage your body’s hormonal balance when it falls out of sync. It can help treat symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, as well as conditions that impact men. BHRT can also improve symptoms of fibromyalgia, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. Because it’s derived from plant estrogens, many people also feel safer using BHRT for their treatments.
BHRT is also popular among the health-conscious. Evidence suggests it can improve your wellness by promoting skin hydration, elasticity, and wrinkle reduction and prevention. It can also mitigate some of the side effects of aggressive cancer treatment. Your treatments may minimize the prominence of common symptoms such as insomnia, incontinence, and migraines.
Traditional vs. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Traditional HRT is designed to treat the same array of conditions but is composed of different base materials. Traditional HRT is generally derived from the urine of pregnant horses and a cocktail of synthetic hormone replacements. BHRT takes a plant-based approach to match the hormones produced within our bodies as close as possible.
Both treatments have their own side effects to watch for. You may notice fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, acne, and excessive hair growth as your body adjusts to new hormone levels. These changes should balance out over time. BHRT is considered the least risky option of the two, as the hormones it contains are identical to the ones our own bodies produce.
How Is BHRT Administered?
Discussing how you’d prefer to take your BHRT with your pharmacist will give you a good idea of which options are available. It’s often administered in patches, creams, injections, gels, and implanted pellets, giving you a range of options to choose from.
The FDA recommends starting on the lowest available dose and monitoring for changes closely upon beginning treatment. Monitoring will usually take the form of blood or saliva tests, giving your doctor the most precise picture of your hormone levels as they change over time.
Find the Right Pharmacist in Greenwich
If you’re considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for your condition, consulting an experienced compounding pharmacist should be your next step. Our pharmacists at The Healthy Choice are equipped with all the information you’ll need on how it works and the benefits you may notice.
We’re based here in Greenwich, New York, so stop by for a chat, leave us a message on our contact form, or call us on 914-238-1700. We respect our customer’s privacy and will do our utmost to help you make an informed decision regarding your treatment, so get in touch today.