Our hormones play an essential role in regulating key bodily functions. In fact, hormones can impact everything from sexual health to sleep cycles, from mood to appetite. Over time, it’s normal for men and women alike to experience significant drop offs in their natural hormone production, which can yield wide-ranging symptoms and undesirable effects.
To address these symptoms, we typically encourage clients to consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. Essentially, this is a therapeutic model that allows us to augment your diminished hormone production with supplements, bringing your overall hormone levels back into a healthy balance. BHRT offers a wide range of benefits, but before we address those, some background is in order.
What Causes Hormonal Imbalance?
First, it’s important to understand just how common hormonal imbalance can be. For women, hormones can shift due to any number of milestones, including puberty and pregnancy. Certain birth control supplements can have a major effect on hormone production, and menopause can cause one of the greatest hormonal disruptions of all. (Many symptoms commonly associated with menopause, including hot flashes and night sweats, all come down to the hormones.)
What may surprise you is that hormonal deficiency is also quite common among men. In fact, men go through their own version of menopause as early as age 30, when their natural testosterone production starts lagging. This can result in sexual dysfunction, low energy, low mood, and other complications.
What is BHRT?
By identifying where your hormones are out of balance, we can potentially show you how to regain full, vigorous health via artificial hormone supplements. These supplements may be offered via pellet or pill, and help offset any lapses in your body’s hormonal functioning.
But what exactly do we mean when we denote bioidentical hormone replacement? Simply put, this means that we use artificial hormones that are identical, at the biological level, to the hormones you produce in your body. Your body won’t be able to tell the difference between naturally occurring hormones and these artificial ones. This means they will work optimally and not be “rejected” by the body.
Why Consider BHRT?
Among men and women alike, there are a range of health problems that can be addressed through BHRT. For men, these issues usually involve a decline in testosterone. For women, the issue may involve estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, or thyroid.
Some potential benefits of BHRT include:
- Improved sexual health, including a return of your full sexual libido.
- Increased sense of pleasure during intercourse.
- Improved mental clarity.
- Elevated mood.
- Decrease in symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Thicker, healthier hair growth as well as healthier skin.
- Improved ability to lose fat, build muscle, and maintain a healthy body weight.
- More energy throughout the day.
- Improved sleep cycles and relief from insomnia.
- For women, relief from menopause symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.
- For men, lower risk of erectile dysfunction (ED).
Also note that BHRT may strengthen your body against common illnesses, ranging from cancer to osteoporosis. The bottom line: BHRT can provide life-changing results, augmenting your physical and mental health in significant ways.
Are You a Good Candidate for BHRT?
If you are suffering from health problems that you believe are connected to hormone loss, the next step is reaching out to Point Lumienux MedSpa. We can provide the lab work needed to get a precise reading of your current hormone production, and to tell you more about your own eligibility for BHRT.
To make an appointment, we invite you to contact us at our Sarasota, FL location.