What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Plant-based, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for hormone-related transitions is a natural treatment for hormone imbalance, which can be extremely beneficial for alleviating debilitating symptoms, as well as promoting optimal health.

Using BHRT in a low dose and safe manner essentially eliminates the health risks of previously utilized high-dose synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy For Women

During Perimenopause and menopause, hormone levels can be volatile, leading to painful and debilitating symptoms. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used to treat those symptoms!

Perimenopause and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Perimenopause and menopause are natural life changes. Perimenopause occurs eight to 10 years before you officially hit menopause. Perimenopause typically begins in your 30s and 40s and is marked by a drop in estrogen, which is the main female hormone produced by the ovaries. The average age of menopause is 50-52, yet ranges from 37-55 years old. Women who have undergone a hysterectomy, or surgical menopause, where both ovaries have been removed, experience sudden and total menopause.

The perimenopausal period, which is a transitional time where hormone levels fluctuate prior to when women completely stop menstruating, is marked by period irregularity. Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last 1-2 years of perimenopause, the drop in estrogen accelerates. At this stage, many women can experience menopause symptoms.

Symptoms You May Experience

Perimenopause and menopause can be challenging with debilitating symptoms including: fatigue, hot flashes, night sweats, migraines, and rapid heartbeat; joint and muscle pain, insomnia, poor memory, mood changes with depression, anxiety and irritability, breast tenderness, vaginal atrophy with dryness, itching, bleeding, painful intercourse and decreased libido; and urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence with increased susceptibility to infection such as UTIs.

Fortunately, hormone levels can be adjusted and stabilized through BHRT. Hormone levels can be tested and patients can begin treatment with BHRT using hormones that are molecularly identical to those produced by the human body. Symptoms can be alleviated within weeks.

How Does Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?

BHRT uses custom-made hormone formulations derived from plant material specific for each individual patient and can include DHEA, estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone. The hormones can be delivered using creams, gels, pills or pellets. BHRT can provide symptom relief, protective benefits, and decrease the risk of osteoporosis as well as enhance long-term quality of life. Within one or two months vitality, sleep, mental clarity, and balanced mood can be restored. Women are usually on BHRT for two years.

Other natural therapies we consider for our patients include phytoestrogens (plants with estrogenic response), diet modification and exercise that can be used in addition to or in place of BHRT. We can evaluate you for menopause as well as risks of osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer suggest you on a safe, comprehensive, treatment plan. Our doctors prescribe vaginal estriol cream to address recurrent UTI’s and interstitial cystitis due to lack of estrogen that is common for postmenopausal women.

Integrative Medicine and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Here at Virginia Integrative Practice, we believe that bioidentical hormones are the most effective all-natural way to reignite the body’s capacity to function optimally by replacing and rebalancing the essential hormones your body has lost. Hormones are vital for the healthy functioning of our bodies. Unfortunately, hormones tend to decrease as a byproduct of the aging process, food and environmental toxicity and stress. By incorporating lifestyle, mindfulness and body awareness to your Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program, patients can achieve their highest level of health.

We use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help patients fully optimize their physiology in a functional, integrative and holistic way. Our mission is is to treat the whole person, to create a positive and dynamic patient-provider partnership empowering optimal health, and to improve your wellness and capacity to heal. We want to help you enjoy the best of both worlds: conventional medicine and natural therapies.

Get well again–naturally.

Integrative Medicine and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Integrative medicine is a medical framework that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Integrative medicine doctors understand that one condition may have many different causes. For example, imbalanced hormones may be caused by aging, stress, poor diet and environmental toxins. Integrative medicine doctors also know that one cause may have many different conditions. For example, high stress levels may be causing you to have imbalanced hormones, high blood pressure and anxiety. Using this medical model, our integrative medicine doctors will look at your genes, environment and lifestyle, in order to come up with a holistic and customized treatment plan for each patient.

Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

As we age, and the longer we are exposed to a multitude of environmentally and self-induced toxicities, the more our intricately balanced hormonal system is under attack. This can lead to lowering our levels of testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid hormone, which can lead to:
•    Less Energy
•    Cardiovascular Disease
•    Compromised Immune System
•    Decrease In Muscle
•    Decreased Metabolism
•    Less Mental Focus
•    Lower Libido
•    Tissue Inflammation
•    Weight Gain

Both woman and men with declining hormones may experience poor mental recall and concentration, fatigue, sore muscles and anxiety. Women may tend to notice symptoms of hormonal decline earlier than men due to the onset of perimenopause and menopause. Generally, people with declining hormones begin to notice a decreased capacity for life, an increase in inflammatory conditions, and an uprising of diseases like hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, coronary artery diseases, obesity, depression, gastro-intestinal health and auto-immune disorders.

What Can Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Treat?

BHRT, for short, can treat:

  • Perimenopause
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Fatigue / Insomnia
  • Endocrine Imbalance
  • Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Endometriosis

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