If you’re struggling with symptoms of hormonal imbalance, bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) can help tremendously. Unfortunately, though, many people are skeptical about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) due to inaccurate information they find online, as well as the many reported side effects of early replacement hormone options. Bioidentical hormones are significantly different and, according to researchers, they’re a safer, more effective alternative to traditional HRT.
To help you determine whether bioidentical hormones are the right option to help you restore your body’s hormonal balance, we’re answering some of our FAQs about the topic below.
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are exact molecular replicas of your body’s endogenously produced hormones. They are created from natural plant sources so that your body cannot distinguish the difference between its own hormones and the replacement hormones.
What’s the Difference Between Bioidentical Hormones and Synthetic Hormones?
Synthetic replacement hormones do not possess the same molecular structure as your body’s naturally produced hormones. Therefore, they often create undesirable side effects after administration. While synthetic hormones can mimic the effects of endogenously produced hormones to a certain degree, they’re not nearly as effective as your natural hormones.
Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, are molecularly identical to your body’s natural hormones. As such, they precisely mimic those hormones’ functions without producing significant side effects. Keep in mind, though, that side effects are possible with any type of hormone replacement therapy.
Who Should Consider Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
Anyone who suffers from hormonal imbalance or decline should consider opting for treatment with bioidentical hormones. While most people associate such symptoms with menopause or andropause that occur later in life, men and women of any age can develop hormonal imbalance. If you’re suffering from any of the following health issues and you’re not sure why, consider talking to your doctor about getting hormone testing:
● Brain fog
● Difficulty sleeping
● Low energy
● Muscle loss, weight gain
● Mood swings
● Low libido
● Hair loss
If you learn imbalanced hormones are the culprit behind your mysterious health issues, opting for bioidentical hormone therapy is an excellent way to address those symptoms.
What Exactly Is Pellet Therapy?
Pellet therapy is a sustained release delivery method for bioidentical replacement hormones. Your physician inserts a small pellet just beneath the surface of your skin, which contains the replacement hormones you need to rebalance your endocrine system.
Each pellet delivers a sustained hormone release for approximately three to six months (your doctor will determine the time frame). The frequency at which your doctor inserts pellets depends on how quickly your body metabolized the hormones.
What Side Effects Are Associated With BHRT?
Although BHRT generally causes fewer side effects than traditional HRT, a few unwanted symptoms may occur. However, BHRT side effects are typically the result of improper dosage, which your doctor can easily adjust. If you experience any of the following symptoms, talk to your physician:
● Increased irritability or mood swings during the initial phases of hormone replacement
● Breast tenderness, cramping, bloating, or spotting during the initial phases of estrogen replacement therapy
● Irritation at the pellet insertion site
Considering Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy? Contact Arijai Aesthetics
If you’re suffering from symptoms of hormonal imbalance, it may be time to consider hormonal replacement therapy from Arijai Aesthetics. We understand your hormonal health plays a major role in your overall well-being and it’s our goal to help each of our patients feel and look their best. To learn more or schedule a free virtual consultation, please feel free to call our Burnsville, MN office today at (952) 435-0605 or contact us online.