Plant-based Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), for hormone related transitions, can be extremely beneficial for alleviation of debilitating symptoms as well as the promotion of optimal health. Using these treatment modalities in a low dose, safe manner creates essentially no health risk of previously utilized high dose synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Perimenopause and menopause are natural life changes, with the average age of 50-52 and range of 37-55 years old; For most women, this begins in their 40’s. Surgical menopause (hysterectomy), where both ovaries have been removed induces sudden and total menopause. The perimenopausal period is a transitional time where hormone levels fluctuate prior to when women completely stop menstruating. A woman may notice irregularity in her period, which is no longer an exact 28 day cycle. This can be adjusted and stabilized through BHRT or oral botanical therapies.
Perimenopause can be challenging with debilitating symptoms of fatigue, hot flashes, night sweats, migraines, and rapid heartbeats; 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 UTI’s. Once a woman has gone through a full 12 months without a period, she is considered to be postmenopausal. It is important to note that any vaginal spotting or bleeding after that time is considered abnormal and should be evaluated by our doctors as this can be a symptom of endometrial cancer.
Oprah Winfrey says menopause caught her off guard. In The Oprah Magazine, she states feeling “out of kilter” and had “issues” for two years that she suspected were hormonal. Winfrey went to a doctor who specializes in bioidentical hormone therapy who informed her that her “hormonal tank was empty” and gave her a prescription for BHRT. “After one day on BHRT, I felt the veil lift,” Oprah Winfrey writes. “After three days, the sky was bluer, my brain was no longer fuzzy, my memory was sharper. I was literally singing and had a skip in my step, as the fatigue lifted.” Winfrey reports, “BHRT has made a big improvement in how I feel and function.”
How We Use It in Our Practice
We can test for hormone levels and begin treating you with BHRT that are identical to the biology of your body. Symptoms can be alleviated within weeks. BHRT are custom made formulations specific for each individual patient and can include DHEA, estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone. BHRT can provide symptom relief, protective benefits, and decrease risk of osteoporosis as well as enhance long term quality of life. Within 1-2 months; vitality, sleep, mental clarity, and balanced mood can be restored. Other natural therapies include phytoestrogens (plants with estrogenic response), diet, and exercise that can be used in addition to or in place of BHRT. Women are usually on BHRT for 2 years. We can evaluate you for menopause; as well as risks of osteoporosis, heart disease, and history of cancer and put you on a safe, comprehensive, treatment plan. Our doctors prescribe vaginal low dose estriol cream to address recurrent UTIs and interstitial cystitis due to lack of estrogen that is common for elderly women.
Call us at 888-299-4570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your questions about BHRT.