At Evolve Medical Associates, your overall wellness is our top priority. Through our broad range of health and aesthetic treatments, our experienced doctors and staff are committed to helping you look and feel great, so you can live your best life.
Among our wellness offerings is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT: a treatment that can improve your quality of life and even help reduce disease risk.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
When your hormones aren’t balanced, you can experience a myriad of unpleasant side effects, including depression, anxiety, irritability, and weight gain. As we age, our hormone levels may drop or become imbalanced; this is most common during menopause and perimenopause. Hormones are involved in nearly every function of the human body, and a deficiency in even one hormone can wreak havoc on our physical and mental health.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a way to combat these imbalances. Bioidentical hormones are derived from yams, soy, and other plant extracts. Unlike synthetic hormones, which can be toxic because their chemical makeup cannot metabolize properly, bioidentical hormones are refined until they are identical to the human hormone molecule, making them a logical and safe option to restore harmony to the body.
The Benefits of BHRT
The benefits of BHRT include:
- Providing the protective benefits that were originally provided by naturally occurring hormones
- Reducing the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia
- Improving mental clarity and focus
- Accelerating fat burning and increasing capacity to lose weight
- Calming anxiety and decreasing depression
- Restoring sexual function and increasing libido
- Reducing hormonally triggered headaches and other PMS symptoms such as irritability, bloating, and fatigue
- Decreasing osteoporosis and risk for fractures
As many bioidentical hormones can only be purchased at compounding pharmacies — that is, pharmacies that create custom formulations of medications to fit the individual needs of a patient — BHRT is a partnership between our experts at Evolve and a licensed compounding pharmacist to make each patient’s treatment plan unique.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is BHRT Right for Me?
BHRT isn’t right for everyone. Before your consultation, we’ll ask you to fill out a detailed questionnaire. On the day of your consultation, we’ll discuss your concerns in detail and perform lab tests to determine if a hormone imbalance could be the cause. Once we have the lab results back in about 1 week, we’ll meet again and discuss moving forward with BHRT, presenting an individualized treatment plan.
What Should I Expect from BHRT?
If we determine that your symptoms are caused by a hormone imbalance, we will customize a BHRT program to meet your specific needs. Approximately 4 to 6 weeks after your first treatment, we’ll ask you to return for a follow-up visit in order to monitor its effectiveness and make adjustments as necessary.
When Will I Feel Results from BHRT?
BHRT is not a “quick fix” or a one-and-done treatment; it’s a complex process that takes time. Like any other medication, adding or increasing dosages too quickly can have adverse effects. Therefore, if you’re interested in undergoing BHRT, you should be prepared to invest time in follow-up evaluations, medication adjustments, and so on. Our team at Evolve is here every step of the way to answer any questions you may have about BHRT.