Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a therapeutic process wherein the body is supplemented with the exact replicas of deficient hormones that the body normally produces and uses. Because of its natural approach, there are very minimal side effects compared to other synthetic therapies or treatments.
The exact duplicates of the hormones in the body come from various natural plant sources and are hand-compounded under stringent requirements in a sterile environment. In a nutshell, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy gives back and balances the hormones in the body to achieve appropriate levels when the body isn’t able to produce them in proper amounts.
Why Do Patients Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Menopause is one of the reasons many women need hormone replacement therapy. When a woman is typically between the ages of 48-52, she experiences a decline in her reproductive hormones – estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. When this happens it can often adversely affect a women’s quality of life. Menopausal women may experience chills, dry skin, thinning hair, night sweats, hot flashes, sleep problems, mood changes, and weight gain, among others. All these symptoms and more can be corrected through Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Aside from menopause, another reason to restore hormonal balance is to improve fertility. Yes, hormonal balance is needed to conceive, have a healthy pregnancy, carry to term, and finally have a healthy baby. If you have been having a difficult time getting pregnant, perhaps you are dealing with hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance is not an occurrence that happens overnight. It takes time. In fact, most hormonal imbalances are a result of genetics, one’s lifestyle choices, diet and internal and external stressors over a long period of time. This can last for months, years, and even decades.
There are key hormones that affect one’s fertility for both women and men. The most commonly out-of-balance hormones are estrogen which is vital for a healthy menstrual cycle and progesterone which is vital for conception and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
Imbalances of these hormones can be corrected through Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, increasing one’s chances of fertility and conception.
How do you know if you have hormonal imbalance? Click here to take our Hormonal Imbalance quiz on our website. You can also visit Sloan Natural Health Center for a consultation where we can discuss your hormonal health.