What Does “Bioidentical” Hormone Replacement Therapy Really Mean?

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The term “bioidentical hormone therapy” can be a mouthful for people looking for solutions for hormone fluctuations. These can happen during periods of their lives like menopause that cause a wide variety of negative or frustrating side effects. What does “bioidentical” have to do with anything, and what does the process do? Moreover, are you a good candidate for this life-changing treatment plan? Let’s find out together.

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are those that are molecularly exact replications of the body’s naturally produced hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and melatonin. They’re distinct from “synthetic” hormones even though they are produced synthetically. Synthetic hormones may be functionally similar to natural hormones, but they are not exactly the same on a molecular level.

Who Benefits From Hormone Replacement Therapy?

The most common candidates for treatments like bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) are aging men and women – especially women going through menopause. As men and women age, they may experience lifestyle or physical changes due to reduced hormone levels. Even younger perimenopausal women can benefit from BHRT treatments if they are experiencing symptoms like vaginal dryness, reduced libido, sleep or mood disruptions, and/or menstrual migraines.

Other people who can benefit from BHRT are those affected by environmental factors or changes in habits like diet and sleep habits, which both rely on and inform hormone levels and result in changes to their health.

Symptoms of Imbalanced Hormones

Your hormones and endocrine system play a large role in your life, regulating things like body temperature, mood, appetite, sleep habits, and libido. Changes in hormone levels can result in symptoms as wide ranging as:

  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Insomnia
  • Hair loss
  • Difficulty focusing or remembering
  • Irritability
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue

This is not an exhaustive list of symptoms you can experience with imbalanced hormones. If you are noticing a chronic and sudden change in your overall health, it’s important to speak to a doctor who can help identify the physiological and potentially cognitive aspects of your symptoms. They can also recommend treatment like BioTE to help balance your internal environment.

What is BHRT Like?

Depending on your diagnosis and preference for treatment, BHRT with BioTE can take a few different forms. First, we can help women in New York City test their hormone levels to fine-tune a treatment plan that’s right for each individual – hormone replacement therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

Once we’ve identified your ideal treatment plan, we can customize treatment by inserting hormone pellets just beneath the skin where they are gradually absorbed by the body over the course of three to four months. Hormone dosages delivered via the pellets are customized based on patients’ individual lab values to provide just the right balance for each person’s body. This process eliminates the need for daily ingestion of a pill or application of topical medication – and the risk of forgetting to take it every day. This injection is a quick, 15-minute procedure that’s painless due to the use of a local anesthetic.

BioTE Hormone Replacement Therapy in New York, NY

With our women’s health experts at Carnegie Women’s Health, we are able to provide comprehensive care for everyone looking for a custom solution to their unforeseen symptoms. With bioidentical hormone therapy, you can mitigate the effects of menopause or lifestyle changes to be more comfortable and resume the life you had. Learn more about this option for hormone therapy by calling our office or scheduling a virtual consultation online today.

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