What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

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As we age, men and women experience hormone related physical and emotional challenges that can compromise our quality of life.

The effect of hormones on our bodies is not to be understated, your body’s hormonal fluctuations can affect everything from your appetite and libido to your immune system. An imbalance in hormones is an imbalance in your entire body.

Fortunately, at the Gentle Wellness Center in Fairfax, VA, we offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to treat these uncomfortable symptoms.

If you are familiar with hormone replacement therapy, you may be wondering what benefits bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) offers over traditional methods and what exactly bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is.

Read on to learn about the key differences between these two similar treatments, and which treatment may be right for you.

How Does Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Differ From Traditional HRT?

BHRT, also called bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, can be defined as an alternative to traditional synthetic hormone replacement therapy that is identical to the hormones occurring naturally in our bodies.

BHRT is derived from plant estrogens, while traditional HRT is manufactured using derivatives from animal urine and other synthetic hormones.

Because BHRT is identical to the hormones occurring naturally in our bodies it can be used to treat a wide range of illnesses including insulin resistance, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and thyroid disorders.

Bioidentical hormone treatment options are available in many forms including pills and patches, creams, gels, and injections.

Hormone-Related Symptoms Associated With Aging And Physical Changes

The hormonal imbalances resulting from the physical changes associated with aging affect men and women in different and equally important ways.

Men may experience a decrease in energy and mood as well as a decrease in sexual desire, while women may experience similar changes in energy, mood and sexual desire along with uncomfortable physical symptoms including:

  • Thinning hair
  • Anxiety
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Hot flashes and night sweats.

Can Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Ease The Signs and Symptoms of Aging?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offers the benefits of traditional hormone replacement therapy without the unwanted side effects by mimicking your body’s natural hormone production.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy eases the effects of aging in men, women, and menopausal or postmenopausal women. There is evidence that BHRT can improve skin elasticity and hydration, reducing wrinkles and signs of skin aging. BHRT may also prevent tooth loss, reduce the risk of diabetes, and even prevent the formation of cataracts.

If your doctor has recommended traditional hormone replacement therapy and you’ve been curious about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Northern Virginia, schedule a consultation with the Gentle Wellness Center to learn more about this FDA-approved treatment option today!