Bioidentical hormones replacement therapy (BHRT) is a treatment option used to restore normal hormone levels and reduce hormonal imbalance symptoms. Changes in hormones levels often occur during mid-life as hormone production naturally declines with age. Hormonal imbalance may also be the result of certain conditions, such as low testosterone, estrogen dominance, progesterone deficiencies, thyroid disorder, menopause, andropause or adrenal fatigue. Regardless of the cause, hormonal imbalances produce some undesirable symptoms and can significantly diminish your health and quality of life. Fortunately, you can restore balance and experience renewed health from a Dr. Nikki Walden, a hormone doctor that specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
First, let’s address the age old question… what are hormones? Hormones are important chemical messengers that travel throughout the bloodstream while relaying messages to tissues and organ. Hormones are responsible for mood, growth and development, metabolism, and sexual function. A slight change in hormone levels can wreak havoc on the body and create significant imbalances.
Conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a synthetic alternative to bioidentical hormones. Conventional hormone replacement therapy has a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, utilizing chemically-based, man-made hormones. HRT hormones are frequently patented which does not allow for custom tailoring treatment plans. Synthetic hormones have also been linked as a cause of breast cancer and heart disease.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a naturally-based and medically advanced way to rebalance hormones. Bioidentical hormones have been used in medicine since the early 1930s to address conditions and symptoms of hormone imbalance effectively. “Bioidentical” means that these hormones are structurally identical to the hormone produced by the body. Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources, such as yams and soybeans, making them more efficient, more easily absorbed, and reduce the risk of side effects. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy provides patients with an enhanced bioidentical hormone experience due to the custom-compounded hormones and individualized treatment plans.
Testosterone levels in men begin to decline around a man’s late 20s, dropping slowly throughout each year of his life. Around mid-life signs of low testosterone in men appear, initiating symptoms, such as:
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been shown to reduce or eliminate many of the symptoms of low testosterone in men, as well lessen the risk of disease, and improve the overall quality of life and wellbeing.
Hormone fluctuations are a natural part of a woman’s life as hormones levels rise and fall throughout all different stages, from puberty to monthly menstruation to pregnancy and childbirth to perimenopause and menopause. Each of these periods can produce hormonal fluctuations in the form of high testosterone in women (low testosterone in women too!), thyroid symptoms in women, and estrogen dominance. These conditions can bring symptoms such as:
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help women restore hormone balance and alleviate symptoms, as well as reduce the risk of certain diseases associated with hormone imbalance, such as obesity and thyroid disease.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an effective treatment option for restoring natural hormone balance. Hormonal imbalance is often mistaken for side effects of aging; symptoms may include weight gain, low libido, fatigue, insomnia, and mood swings— just to name a few. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been proven to offer some benefits to both men and women, with reports of substantial improvements to overall health and quality of life.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps address symptoms of hormone imbalance, such as hot flashes, hair loss, night sweats, and muscle loss. The benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can include:
Pellet therapy is a bioidentical hormone delivery method that delivers a consistent dose of custom compounded, bioidentical hormones to the body usually over the course of 3 to 5 months. Pellets are inserted into the upper hip area of the body during a short in-office visit. Following insertion, the pellet is slowly metabolized by the body releasing a steady dose of hormone, much like the body’s natural hormone secretion process. The length of each treatment cycle is determined by how quickly the body absorbs the pellet, which is different for each patient.
Pellet therapy is the preferred delivery method for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, as it is the most convenient option available on the market today. There is no need to hassle with messy hormone creams, or to remember to take a daily dose of pills or endure painful injections. And, unlike other delivery methods, pellets deliver a slow, steady dose of bioidentical hormone throughout the treatment cycle. This feature reduces the risk of side effects and prevents the roller coaster of highs and lows that often occur at the beginning and end of a treatment cycle with other forms of therapy.
Men and women have reported a number of benefit of pellet therapy, including:
Dr. Nikki Walden is a hormone specialist, and a physician of the BodyLogicMD network, the country’s largest network of physicians specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and functional medicine. Dr. Walden, Medical Director of The Center for Renewed Health & Wellness located in Dallas, begins every treatment plan by assessing hormone levels and other important biomarkers in the body. These results, plus a personal medical history, symptoms, and current lifestyle habits are carefully reviewed and discussed during an individual consultation to find the root cause of each patient’s health issues.
Men and women suffering from various forms of hormone imbalance, including mood swings, thyroid disorder, hair loss, and insomnia, benefit from a comprehensive treatment plan developed by a physician specially trained in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy practices and hormone balance. Dr. Walden will design a tailored treatment plan created to match each patient’s goals and health needs ideally. Plans often consist of a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and innovative therapies, such as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Experience balance and a higher quality of life starting right now. Contact The Center for Renewed Health & Wellness today to begin your journey toward optimal health.
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