Menopause is more than an event in your life, it’s a substantial phase. And the hormone fluctuations that come with it can span up to five years before you hit menopause and continue well beyond.
At SourceMD: Integrated Wellness Solutions in Encinitas, California, Dr. David Larson understands the effect of hormone imbalance on your mental and physical health. That’s why he offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) as a treatment option.
Read on to learn if BHRT is right for you.
A word about hormone replacement therapy
Estrogen, first identified in the late 1920s, is the chief hormone responsible for female ovulation, menstruation, and fertility. As women pass through various stages of life, their level of estrogen rises and falls. Low estrogen can lead to the classic symptoms of menopause and some serious health concerns.
After the discovery of this hormone and its critical role, scientists quickly began working on suitable substitutes for the essential estrogen, and it’s come through several iterations since then. From human placenta extract, to the urine from pregnant mares, to synthetic solutions, researchers have continuously sought the perfect drug to stand in for estrogen.
Early formulas helped with night sweats and hot flashes, but posed some health risks, such as endometrial cancer. Today, we have the safest, most effective, way to balance your hormones — bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Here are five of the benefits you can expect from BHRT.
Top benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
1. Natural ingredients
Unlike traditional hormone replacement therapies, BHRT is derived from plants. Rather than relying on synthetic chemicals or horse urine, you get a natural product you can feel good about.
BHRT allows us to tailor your treatment to your unique needs in a way that previous therapies didn’t. A simple lab test helps us formulate the right mix for you.
3. Matches your body’s hormones
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy comes closest to matching the chemicals and molecules in the human body.
4. Medical benefits
Low estrogen can lead to a host of medical issues that may be prevented with the use of BHRT. A few of the conditions linked to low estrogen are:
- Bone loss/osteoporosis
- Gum disease
- Heart disease
In addition, BHRT may help treat other conditions, such as:
- Thyroid disorders
- Adrenal problems
- Insulin resistance
5. Relieves menopause symptoms
The best-known benefit of BHRT is the relief of menopause symptoms. By replacing estrogen, progesterone, and androgens, we can reduce the negative impact of this natural phase in your life.
With BHRT, you can expect a reduction in or complete relief from your hot flashes and night sweats. This helps you get a better night’s sleep, have better weight control, and improve your mood, memory, and concentration.
BHRT may also improve your sex life. Balanced hormones can keep your vaginal tissues lubricated (which can solve painful sex), improve incontinence, and stop vaginal atrophy.
If imbalanced hormones are wreaking havoc with your life and health, find out how bioidentical hormone therapy may be the answer you’ve been searching for. Dr. Larson approaches your well-being in a very personal way, caring for every aspect of your physical and mental health.
To find out more about BHRT and Dr. Larson’s unique integrative wellness approach, contact us by calling 760-230-1317.