As we get older, the levels of hormones our bodies naturally produce, decreases. This loss of hormone levels can have many familiar deleterious effects on our quality of life, both professionally as well as personally. We feel increasingingly lethargic, have a diminished sex drive, have problems focusing, and just don’t feel ourselves. The solution? Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT.
What Are Bio-Identical-Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are plant chemicals extracted from yams and soy and are chemically identical to the hormones made by our bodies.
Why are Bio-Identical Hormones preferable to the more commonly heard of synthetic hormones?
The main reason lies in the fact that your body has what are known as receptor sites, and synthetic hormones do not always “fit” these sites as well as the Bio-Identical hormones do (hence the name). Not only are synthetic hormones less effective as a result, but they also tend to have many unwanted side effects associated with their use.
What are the Benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women?
Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy can help both men and women regain their youthful vigor in different ways. For women, whether in peri-menopause, full menopause, or even post-menopause, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be a boon. BHRT can help eleviate common symptoms of menopause including night sweats and hot flashes and can improve concentration, mood and memory. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can even help increase a women’s sex drive diminished by menopause, as well as help with sleep.
Studies have shown that women on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy have a lower incidence of osteoporosis, and indeed better musculoskeletal health overall. This improved muscle mass in turn assists in weight management.
What are the Benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men?
Men also get a type of menopause, increasingly being labeled “andropause”. Here, men’s testosterone levels plummet as they age, which cause systems similar to those suffered by women in menopause including fatigue, diminished sex drive and erectile dysfunction, as well as change in mood and decreased muscle mass. As with women, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help reverse many of these issues, which of course leads to a vastly improved overall quality of life.
Is There A Down side to Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
There has been a lot of misinformation about Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy causing cancer or increasing chances of developing heart disease. The truth of the matter is that there are lots of studies that show Bio-Identical Hormone Treatments actually help protect the body from developing chronic degenerative diseases.
Zinnia Aesthetics looks forward to working with you to see if Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is right for you, and if so, tailoring a specific regime around BHRT that makes the most sense.
How Does One Get Started?
You come to our clinic at which time we will review your medical history together, give you a thorough physical exam as well as an in depth panel of laboratory screenings and arrive at the solution that will yield the greatest results specific to you. We then continue to work with you, monitor your progress, and make modifications to your tailored BHRT solution as needed.
Are Bio-Identical Treatments Temporary or Permanent?
Treatment protocols, types of treatments and treatment duration varies from patient to patient and case by case. Bio-Identical Hormone Treatments once started are usually continued indefinitely.
For more information, please call our clinic at 703-992-9815