Your hormones not only affect your reproductive organs, but all parts of the body, from your bones to your brain.
With this knowledge, we can understand that as we age, the natural decline of our hormone levels do affect many other parts of the body
In fact, hormones control many of your basic — and necessary — bodily functions.
Hormone levels typically peak in healthy adults between their 20s and 30s, and unfortunately decline not long after.
Although this drop in hormone levels is unavoidable, there is treatment available to help counteract the negative effects of low hormone levels.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a natural treatment developed to help those who are suffering from the effects of low hormone levels.
If you’re over the age of 35 and believe that low hormone levels are having a negative impact on your life, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be the solution.
Let’s delve into bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and how it may be helpful for you and your body.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is a now widely available treatment option that provides you with natural version of your hormones to improve your wellbeing.
The goal of BHRT is to balance your hormone levels and therefore counteract any uncomfortable or painful conditions related to low or imbalanced hormones.
BHRT treatments are incredibly diverse, ranging from creams and lotions to injections and tablets.
Bioidentical Vs. Traditional Hormones
The key difference between BHRT and other kinds of hormonal therapy is the word “bioidentical”.
Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones found in your body.
Thus, they are more natural compared to other hormone treatments, allowing your body to be familiar with the treatment and utilize the hormones properly.
Uses For Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Low or imbalanced hormone levels manifest in many different ways and affect various parts of your body.
If you’re experiencing any of the following signs, you may benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
1. May Help With Low Energy
Hormones are a major factor in your energy levels.
If you’re over 30-35 and you experience regular fatigue, this may be a result of low or imbalanced hormones.
BHRT can help improve exhaustion and muscle weakness, giving you more energy to live your best life.
This treatment can also help with the repercussions of low energy, such as sleep quality and mental clarity.
2. May Help Decrease Menopause Symptoms
There are many uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, but BHRT can help alleviate some of your discomfort.
Hot flashes, changes in body temperature, and night sweats are common symptoms of both perimenopause and menopause.
Menopause can also cause unwanted weight gain and fatigue.
Hormone replacement therapy has been found to be very effective in helping with symptoms of menopause.
A clinical study from 2001 shows that patients receiving estrogen therapy experienced an average 77% reduction of hot flashes.
This is also a good option for women experiencing premature menopause, or premature ovarian failure.
3. May Help Strengthen Bones
Hormones such as estrogen are known to prevent bone loss, as estrogen acts as a potent signal to prevent degeneration of bones
BHRT may help keep your bones strong, preventing potential problems such as osteoporosis or fractures.
Additionally, a painful and potentially dangerous symptom of menopause that many do not know about is thinning bones.
4. May Improve Sexual Health
Almost half of all women who are experiencing or have experienced menopause may be affected by vaginal atrophy as a result of imbalanced and dropping hormone levels.
Symptoms of vaginal atrophy include vaginal dryness, itching and irritation, and discharge.
Low hormone levels can also lead to a loss of interest in sex, and may even cause pain during sex.
Balancing your hormone levels through BHRT can relieve these uncomfortable symptoms and greatly improve your sexual health.
Contact Annex Naturopathic
We know that hormone levels drop as people age, particularly in women who are experiencing perimenopause or menopause.
However, you don’t have to live with the discomfort that can stem from fluctuating hormones.
If you’re tired of your chronic fatigue, concerned about your sexual health, or experiencing any other negative effects such as those listed above, contact Annex Naturopathic for help.
Annex Naturopathic provides natural solutions and will work with you to determine the best treatment for you and your lifestyle.
If you qualify as an ideal patient for prescribing BHRT, this may be the treatment you need to alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life.
BHRT is not for everyone – you must be assessed by a qualified medical professional before starting this treatment.
Contact Annex Naturopathic to explore natural treatment options today.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Marnie Luck, N.D
Annex Naturopathic Clinic is a clinic in Toronto that offers integrative healthcare solutions from Drs. Marnie Luck, ND, and Tanya Lee, ND