Not all hormones are created equally. Unlike synthetic hormones, which are chemically altered and interact differently with the body, bioidentical or bioequivalent hormones have the same technical molecular structure as your body produces.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, uses specific doses of bioidentical hormones like progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen to correct age-related hormone decline, slow aging, and improve health and function of the body, often relieving a host of side effects and symptoms. Bioidentical hormones are carefully constructed to match your natural hormones, and appropriate dosages are determined using specific screenings and testing to ensure optimal safety and efficacy.
Who is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy right for?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an ideal treatment option for men and women experiencing the symptoms of low or unbalanced hormones. This can include perimenopausal or menopausal women experiencing severe symptoms or men suffering from conditions caused by low testosterone or testosterone deficiency.
BHRT may also be effective in addressing problems like:
- Weight gain
- Mood changes
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Vaginal dryness
- Low libido or painful intercourse
- Memory loss or confusion
By replacing the lost or low hormones responsible for maintaining a steady state in the different areas of your body, BHRT can dramatically improve your health and your quality of life.
The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones
Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural plant-based sources. They are replicas of the hormones produced by the body, maximizing the function of your hormones and reducing the chance of rejection or adverse reactions. When administered correctly, they are absorbed more quickly and completely than synthetic hormones and have virtually no side effects.
Other benefits of BHRT can include:
- Reduced risk of endometrial and/or breast cancer
- Improved sleep
- Reduced risk of depression
- Better mood, memory, and concentration
- Improved libido and energy levels
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s
- Better ability to maintain muscle strength and mass
- Reduction in hot flashes and vaginal dryness
- Improved sense of well-being
- Healthier skin and hair
- Reduced bloating and water retention
What are the different methods for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
BHRT is available via various methods, and the doctors at The Hormone Zone will work with you to determine which form is best for you. Bioidentical hormones can be administered through topicals like creams, gels, or patches; orally with pills; or with injections.
However, subcutaneous pellets are the most effective and efficient way of delivering BHRT for most patients. Tiny pellets containing bioidentical hormones are placed under the skin, where they are gradually absorbed by the body and directly into the bloodstream in smaller, more consistent quantities than other delivery methods. This helps eliminate fluctuations caused by spiking hormone levels, such as “roller coaster” side effects and helps the body maintain more constant results for longer.
The doctors at The Hormone Zone have nearly two decades of experience using subcutaneous hormone pellets—more than most practices across the country—and have been at the forefront of this revolutionary treatment since their early days of working directly with Dr. Gino Tutera.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy at The Hormone Zone
At The Hormone Zone, we do more than treat symptoms—we treat the whole person. Our comprehensive therapies address all of the hormones affecting, and affected by, the different stages of aging, and we rely on cutting-edge technology and techniques to deliver your treatment as safely and effectively as possible. That includes personalized plans tailored to your unique needs, ongoing lab testing and monitoring, and treatment oversight conducted by board-certified physicians experienced in anti-aging and wellness medicine.
The Hormone Zone has treated thousands of patients safely and effectively, helping them take control of their health and their lives. While other “pellet practices” may only focus on one or two zones of hormone imbalance, The Hormone Zone combines the best of traditional and naturopathic methods for integrative treatment that optimizes every one of your body’s systems, producing more complete and longer-lasting results. From hormone therapies that keep you healthy on a cellular level to wellness services like weight loss programs, IV nutritional therapies, and aesthetic medicine, we don’t just get you healthy—we keep you healthy.
Start living life the way you were meant to with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy from The Hormone Zone. Schedule a no-obligation consultation today and let us help you achieve your best self.
Does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy cause breast cancer in women?
No published studies demonstrate a causal link between bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer in women. On the contrary, a study called the French Cohort study demonstrated that bioidentical progesterone may actually decrease the risk for breast cancer in certain women.
Will I be monitored while on HRT?
Your doctor will conduct regular blood work and other tests to ensure your hormone levels are at the optimal range. You will likely have blood work done for your sex hormones two to three times a year or more if your clinical situation calls for it. Your doctor will also closely monitor you for any signs or symptoms of specific conditions with comprehensive questionnaires for ongoing evaluation and measurement.
Finally, all women will be referred for annual well woman exams and routine breast imaging. Patients of The Hormone Zone will have the unique opportunity to have their breast health monitored by cutting-edge technology such as Thermography.
How do I know if I could benefit from BHRT?
Before your appointment, your doctor will order specific blood tests to help provide an initial diagnosis and clinical direction for your unique situation. You will also be assessed for signs, symptoms, and health issues related to a sex hormone imbalance.
Comprehensive, full-body testing is essential to developing the most effective and accurate treatment plan for BHRT. At The Hormone Zone, we go above and beyond the standard in testing protocols to gather more information about your current health status at a cellular level. Our state-of-the-art in-house testing includes:
- Biophotonic scans to measure your protective antioxidant status in just 60 seconds
- InBody, the most advanced scale available for measuring body composition
- RMR, or Resting Metabolic Rate, analysis to determine thyroid health and weight loss goals
- Thyroflex, a unique computer measurement of your metabolic rate and related thyroid function
- EKG, to evaluate your cardiac function
- Zinc and nitric oxide salivary testing to determine two of the most important nutrients for your hormones and sexual health