Your health and wellness are governed to a great degree by your hormones, which oversee everything from how your cells use energy to your reproductive function. Some of these hormones, namely your reproductive hormones, can fluctuate considerably throughout your life, and hormone replacement therapy is designed to keep these levels more stable.
At HealthFirst, Dr. Jonathan Singer turns to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to restore your reproductive hormone levels, which offers the same benefits as traditional hormone replacement therapy.
Let’s take a closer look.
What does bioidentical mean?
Normally, your endocrine system produces the hormones your body needs for optimal function. With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), we use hormones from different sources, typically plants, that are chemically identical to the ones your body produces.
What this means is that the bioidentical hormones have the same effect as the ones your body produces naturally.
Why replace your hormones?
Most of your hormone levels remain constant throughout your life, with one notable exception — your reproductive hormones.
For women, these fluctuations are more pronounced, as levels of estrogen and progesterone rise and fall throughout their reproductive years and then drop off precipitously after menopause.
As a result, postmenopausal women are left with a wide range of side effects that include:
- Vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats
- Genitourinary syndrome of menopause, including vaginal dryness and incontinence
- Bone loss
Hormone replacement therapy is an effective way to offset some of these side effects. In fact, The North American Menopause Society released a statement that states, “Hormone therapy remains the most effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms and the genitourinary syndrome of menopause and has been shown to prevent bone loss and fracture.”
In men, testosterone levels naturally decrease with age, which can lead to a decline in sexual health, loss of muscle, and fatigue, among other complaints. Alarmingly, the Urology Times reports that testosterone levels in young men are decreasing, as well. To put some numbers to the issue, between 10% and 40% of adult males in the United States have a testosterone deficiency, which includes 20% of young adult men between the ages of 15 and 39.
Whether male or female, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to restore reproductive hormone levels for better health and wellness.
Before we place you on a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, we perform an analysis of the metabolic markers in your blood to determine the level of hormone therapy that will benefit you most. As well, during your BHRT, we routinely check your hormone levels and your progress so we can make adjustments if needed.
We can deliver the bioidentical hormones in a number of ways, including:
- Slow-release pellets
If you’d like to explore whether BRHT is right for you, please contact one of our offices in Greenwood Village, Colorado, or Cheyenne, Wyoming, to schedule a consultation.