For the most part, we go through life not really noticing our hormones until they’re suddenly out of balance. This can happen for many reasons, including thyroid problems, taking certain medications, adrenal insufficiency, and as a result of the normal aging process. Both men and women experience a natural decline in essential hormones as they get older, and for many, this causes a variety of unpleasant symptoms that affect their quality of life.
Here at Murray’s Health and Wellness, our internal medicine physician, Emilia E. Murray, MD, specializes in helping men and women in Naples, Florida and the surrounding communities overcome the effects of low hormone levels, reducing symptoms and improving quality of life. One way Dr. Murray helps regulate your hormones is with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). BHRT is a different approach than synthetic hormones because bioidentical hormones more closely match the ones your body produces on its own.
Here are a few reasons why bioidentical hormone therapy may be right for you.
When it comes to hormone replacement therapy, you have two options: Synthetic hormones that are engineered in a lab, or bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are unique because instead of being lab-produced, synthesized hormones, they are plant-based hormones that are a chemically identical substitute to the hormones your body produces naturally.
Based on your unique needs as a man or a woman experiencing hormone imbalances, Dr. Murray prescribes a tailored dose of bioidentical hormones to help you feel like yourself again. Abnormal hormone levels affect each person differently, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
With BHRT, we first study your hormone levels through a blood sample and then customize appropriate dosing that’s designed to fit your unique situation. As you experience relief from taking BHRT, Dr. Murray can fine-tune your dose for maximum benefit.
As a woman going through menopause — the transition from your reproductive years to your post-reproductive years — you experience a decrease in the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which govern the health of your reproductive organs. In addition to regulating your reproductive health, these hormones can impact everything from your bone density to your overall mental health and wellness.
As your hormone levels drop dramatically, you’re left with side effects that can range from annoying hot flashes to more serious problems with sexual health and incontinence. BHRT makes it possible to replenish your depleted hormone supply and restore many of your systems to optimal function.
Menopause isn’t the only condition that leads to low hormone levels in women, and many men experience drastic hormone imbalances, too, as they get older or for a variety of health issues. For example, certain cancer treatments, namely chemotherapy, can wreak havoc on hormones for both men and women. Thyroid issues and reproductive problems can also influence hormones, and some people are genetically predisposed toward low hormone levels.
If you fall into the “health issues” category, a low dose of bioidentical hormones can go a long way toward helping you feel like your old self again. BHRT works to restore your energy levels and regulate your moods, not to mention reducing the miserable side effects of hormone imbalances, like weight gain and hair loss.
Another way BHRT is different from traditional hormone-replacement medications is that bioidentical hormones don’t contain any chemical fillers or synthetics. This means you experience fewer side effects compared to conventional HRT treatments.
Treatments for regulating hormones have traditionally taken one main approach: Combatting your symptoms as they arise. This approach is limited and only provides temporary relief, which doesn’t address the underlying problem of the hormone imbalances. BHRT offers a more long-term solution to managing symptoms by addressing the underlying cause — a hormone deficiency.
At Murray’s Health and Wellness, we offer BHRT in several convenient options so you can find the method that works best for you and your needs. You can take the hormones in the form of a cream, pill, or a pellet that Dr. Murray inserts just under the surface of your skin. Pellets offer a consistent supply of the hormones you need so you feel balanced day and night, without having to remember to take a pill or apply a cream.
We can help you find the hormone replacement treatment that’s best for your lifestyle. Give us a call at 239-268-0057, or send us a message online.