Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

When it comes to your body, natural is usually better than artificial.

That’s why you should know about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy

You’re probably familiar with the concept of hormone replacement therapy.  But you may not be familiar with the option known as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).  We at Boston Direct Health think that you should.

First, let’s understand a bit about hormones.  Hormones play a key role in our overall health, acting a little like a combination of an air-traffic controller, an orchestra conductor, a football quarterback and a party planner.  Basically, your body’s hormones serve as an internal communications system between all the cells in your body.  They coordinate everything!  Your digestion, growth, appetite, immune system, even your mood and libido are controlled by your hormones.  Hormones actually have a unique shape that fits into receptor cells just so, like a key fitting into a lock.

Sometimes our hormone levels drop, or they fall out of balance.  That’s where hormone replacement therapy comes in.

As we age, many of us experience a drop in our hormone levels.  For women, during the times of pre-menopause, during menopause and post-menopause, hormone levels drop.  Even though men don’t go through menopause the same way as women, they also find their hormone levels drop as they age.  In addition to the natural decrease of hormones as we age, other factors such as stress, environmental toxins, and medical conditions can lead to an imbalance of hormones.

Hormone replacement therapy can greatly ease the symptoms experienced when hormones are out of balance or when their levels decrease below optimum amounts.  But you may be wary of the idea of artificial hormones.  

There is another option: Bio-identical hormones.

Bio-identical hormones are just what they sound like.  They are biologically, structurally and chemically identical to the body’s natural hormones.  Their molecular shape is identical to the hormones made by the human body, so they “fit” perfectly into the receptor cells.  Synthetic hormones come close to being the right shape, but not exactly, which is why they often have adverse side effects.

How do you know if you might be suffering from an imbalance or a deficiency in your hormone levels?

For women, symptoms include:

  • Insomnia or poor sleep
  • Anxiety/palpitations
  • Depression or just feeling “down”
  • Memory loss or “brain fog”
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles including PMS, heavy menstrual cycles, missed cycles, spotting between cycles
  • Low energy, fatigue
  • Weight gain that’s non-responsive to diet and exercise
  • Irritable bowels and bloating
  • Vaginal dryness, pain during sex
  • Changes to texture of skin, nails and hair

For men, symptoms include:

  • Insomnia or poor sleep
  • Fatigue, feeling lethargic
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Loss of motivation, feeling down and depressed
  • Memory loss/brain fog
  • Weight gain that’s non-responsive to diet and exercise
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Loss of body hair 
  • Lower energy level, endurance and physical strength
  • Reduced exercise tolerance

Of course, there are many possible causes for these symptoms.  A complete medical evaluation is necessary to determine whether these are the result of hormone problems or some other cause.

If you’re feeling like something is off, if you’re just not feeling “right,” if you’re feeling any of the symptoms listed above, you don’t have to just get used to it.  At Boston Direct Health, we don’t accept that feeling sub-par is a natural part of aging.  We think you should feel your best and most energetic at any age.

When you come see us with the types of symptoms listed above, we take it seriously.  We’ll take time with you, and perform a thorough history and exam, including testing and lab work to corroborate and confirm hormonal imbalances and deficiencies. 

We don’t believe in treating symptoms one-by-one with sleeping pills, sedatives, steroids and the like.  Instead, we believe in taking a holistic approach to correct any abnormalities.  We look at the whole picture.  We evaluate your environmental exposures; we look at all your medications how they interact together.  We go over your diet, and check for any nutritional deficiencies.  We work with you to learn how to modify your response to stress to improve resilience.  And, if needed, we will discuss supplementations with bio-identical hormones. 

You don’t have to settle for feeling blah.  Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can give you an improved quality of life, decrease your risk for diabetes by boosting your insulin sensitivity, help you build muscle and lose fat, lower your cholesterol, improve your overall mood, and even decrease your risk of cognitive decline.

Give us a call, and see how much we can help you.  At Boston Direct Health, we’re dedicated to helping you live your best possible life.

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