So, what is BHRT Treatment, and how is it different than other hormone therapy?
The B in BHRT Treatment
BIOIDENTICAL is the B in BHRT Treatment: exact. Hormones chemically identical to those the human body naturally produces. Their bioidentical structure allows these hormones to follow the same pathways and act on the same receptors as your natural hormones, bringing renewed harmony to your hormonal levels.
BENEFITS-endless. Bioidentical hormones can treat or even reverse problems resulting from hormone imbalances in both men and women. Issues that range from mood swings and memory loss to loss of muscle mass and reduced bone density. (Which isn’t just an issue for women.) Other benefits are reducing fatigue, treating sleep apnea and fighting insomnia, boosting immune function, and helping avoid unwanted weight gain. It can find lost libidos and make sex desirable, enjoyable, and even hot again. It can even keep man boobs at bay. Yay!
BETTER-unmatched. Nothing is better than BHRT for the treatment of declining and imbalanced hormones. None of the endless online so-called remedies make promises they can’t keep—anything you find over-the-counter claiming (without the proof to do so) to treat the problem overnight. And BHRT is light years better than regular HRT. (Which we’ll get to under “H.”) Better in how you’ll look and feel once you receive a BHRT treatment.
The H in BHRT Treatment
HORMONES are the H in BHRT Treatment: some 50 of them. Estrogen and testosterone are among the most impactful on your life and well-being. Hormones produced in the endocrine glands are chemical messengers, an internal communication system between cells. They travel through the bloodstream, telling tissues and organs what to do, helping control nearly every critical process in the body.
HORMONE IMBALANCE-declining levels. The body has a very delicate chemistry. Throughout our lives, the levels of our hormones begin to decline. 80% of all adults over 40 are hormonally imbalanced. But it isn’t just aging that causes hormone imbalances. They can also be caused by chronic stress, insufficient sleep, unhealthy diet, diabetes, menopause, and even exposure to environmental and dietary toxins. BHRT can naturally restore these imbalances.
HECK OF A LOT OF THINGS THAT CAN GO WRONG-symptoms. When left unchecked, hormone imbalances can cause fatigue and loss of energy, insomnia, difficulty losing weight, increased fatty weight, especially at the waist, hips, and thighs, bloating, increased sensitivity to cold or heat, loss of muscle strength and tone, pain, stiffness or swelling in joints, headaches, lack of sexual desire, thinning or fine, brittle hair, memory loss, mood swings, nervousness, anxiety or irritability, increased or decreased heart rate, depression, or even dry skin. Whew!
HRT-NG because it doesn’t begin with “B.” Also called conventional hormones, they are fake. Synthetic. Cooked up in a lab from things like the urine of pregnant horses. (We couldn’t make this up). The body recognizes them as foreign substances and tries to reject them, causing unwanted and often dangerous side effects, including an increased risk for breast cancer. Where BHRT is proven, HRT is not. They also have to pass through your liver, where their artificiality can lead to even more complications and risks.
HAPPY-is what happens when your hormone imbalances are treated with BHRT, and you find yourself symptom-free.
The R in BHRT Treatment
REPLACEMENT is the R in BHRT Treatment: restore. BHRT can replace and restore hormones naturally to prevent the symptoms and diseases associated with low circulating levels. It can even reverse declining levels that come naturally with age.
REMARKABLE-magic? Not exactly, but the effects of BHRT are absolutely fantastic.
The T in BHRT Treatment
THERAPY-a course of treatment and care to resolve the issue of imbalanced hormones and the negative impact it can have on your lives.
TESTOSTERONE is the T in BHRT Treatment: sex. Testosterone is the primary male hormone produced in the testes. In men, it regulates sex drive (libido), bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm. Low T or low testosterone is also called andropause or male menopause. It is estimated that testosterone decreases about 10% every decade after men reach 30—about 20% of men over 60 experience it. Women also produce testosterone, albeit in smaller amounts. In women, it plays a role in the growth and maintenance of red cells, female reproductive tissue, and bone mass. T-shots can help replenish declining levels.
TRT-acronym for testosterone replacement therapy. The use of bioidentical hormones in the form of pellets or T-shots to treat Low T.
T-SHOTS-one of several methods of delivery of testosterone. T-shots are prescribed to be easily self-administered and can raise the body’s hormone levels rapidly. Levels of circulating testosterone peak within 10-12 hours of initial administration, allowing noticeable results to occur in as little as 24 hours. When shots are discontinued, levels begin to drop, allowing for any adjustments and ensuring you get the right dosage which doesn’t fluctuate up and down. Low-T injections are most often used for sexual dysfunction in men and post-menopausal symptoms in women.
THRIVE HEALTH SOLUTIONS-BHRT treatment options you will want to know all about.
GONADORELIN PEPTIDE THERAPY-add on to TRT. The gonadotropin-releasing hormone of “GnRH’ is an ideal addition to men on testosterone replacement therapy. For older men, it is to prevent or delay the testicular shrinkage that older men experience naturally as they get older and experience testosterone deficiency due to andropause, which usually is exacerbated while they’re on TRT. For younger men, Gonadorelin peptide therapy addresses concerns they may have about the size of their testicles and the amount of their ejaculation. It also helps maintain their fertility should they be planning on having children in the future. In both cases, living with smaller testicles, a less full scrotum, and reduced ejaculation often makes them feel less masculine and potent.
ESTROGEN-main female sex hormone. Estrogen plays a key role in the menstrual cycle and reproductive system. The most noticeable changes a woman experiences as a result of waning estrogen include worsening PMS, irregular periods, vaginal dryness, breast tenderness, and atrophy leading to painful intercourse. And, of course, those searing menopausal hot flashes. The process of a loss of estrogen is gradual over the periods of perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause. While men don’t produce much, it plays a part in their heart, bone, and brain health.
ED-ew. Erectile dysfunction, which is nothing we need to spell out to men, and, believe us is never a place you want to be. But with T-shots, it’s a trauma you need never face or endure.
PELLETS-BHRT option. Pellets are a sustainable delivery method for bioidentical hormone therapy. Customized in small pellets the size of a grain of rice, they are inserted painlessly under the skin and deliver a consistent level of hormones 24/7. After just 1-3 days, you can feel the effects. The advantage of pellets as a treatment method is that you only need to go into the medical office for the procedure four times per year. The pellets generally last 90 days before being completely absorbed by the body and need to be replaced. While this means you have to wait to make any adjustments for those three months, the convenience and ease of not having to think about it work better within the lifestyle of some patients.
PILL, PATCH, AND GOOP-FREE-unlike HRT. With conventional HRT, they come in pills you can easily forget, patches that cause rashes and can’t adhere to the skin, especially where there is body hair, and sticky gels that are messy to apply and that can inadvertently be transferred to your spouse, significant other, or even children. There is no way to ensure accuracy or absorption. Not to mention the negative side effect. There is also no way to ensure if there is any effect at all. Which means you’re playing games with your health.
SEX-mind-blowing (you hope, you hope). The feel-fantastic gift we’re all given that we often feel we don’t get enough of. Which is usually due to declining hormones. BHRT treatments increase your sex drive and make more spontaneous erections that last longer.
SAFE-unlike HRT. Because bioidentical hormones are molecularly the same as those your body naturally produces, they are safely absorbed rather than rejected, causing severe side effects.
AND TO GET BACK TO T…
THRIVE HEALTH SOLUTIONS-the best. When it comes to BHRT, it is critical to be evaluated by medical experts who are highly trained and experienced in everything having to do with hormones. From understanding your symptoms to checking your current hormone levels to choosing the correct treatment route, Thrive Health Solutions takes a whole-body approach unique to your needs, goals, and lifestyle. They’ll educate you on the differences and advantages of pellets and injections, aiming to give you the best knowledge so that you’re confident, comfortable, and informed. The knowledgeable and caring team at Thrive is there to help you start feeling better today and begin your journey toward total wellness. Text Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment to learn all about pellets, T-shots, and BHRT. ASAP.