Bio-identical hormone Replacement Therapy: BHRT
Our BHRT program at HealthSource Integrative Medical Centre is designed to be the best and most thorough. Our doctors are specially trained in the use of BHRT and have the knowledge and experience of how to apply it effectively for many health concerns. BHRT can be used to relieve symptoms of hormone imbalance or deficiency while keeping your safety at the forefront. Bio-identical hormones are extracts from plants that are exactly like the hormones your own body makes. BHRT is designed to optimize your body’s own hormone levels, whether they have declined through age or because of an underlying condition. Bio-identical hormones that can be used include: estradiol, estriol, progesterone, DHEA, cortisol, thyroid and testosterone. They are administered at doses based on laboratory testing (blood or saliva testing), which allows for complete customization of your treatment program. They come in the form of a cream or gel, which is the most effective delivery system. Topical application is best because its absorption into the bloodstream bypasses the liver, which allows the proper form of hormone making it to its sites of action throughout the body. In contrast when hormones are administered orally, they undergo conversions in the liver, resulting in undesired forms (metabolites) of hormone. In fact, some of these metabolites are what contribute to cancer and other unwanted side effects from non-bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Who should use BHRT?
Certain symptoms of hormone imbalance point to the need for specific lab testing to determine if BHRT is suitable to the case.
Symptoms for men and women include but are not limited to: fatigue, depression, hair loss, weight gain, muscle atrophy, low energy levels, insomnia, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, and anxiety. Often these are the result of normal changes with age, such as menopause and andropause. BHRT can relieve their symptoms.
Our trained Naturopathic Doctors will review your lab results to determine if BHRT will be beneficial for you.
Can you balance hormone levels without Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
As naturopathic doctors we always evaluate the whole person. In certain cases, hormone levels can be affected by modifying other aspects of their lifestyle or by using other types of supplements. However, in other cases and with certain lab results, a need for greater balancing may be indicated than what can be achieved through those methods alone.
Where do these hormones come from?
They are hormones obtained from sterol analogues found in many varieties of plants, primarily soybean and yam. The estrogen and progesterone powder is transformed chemically from the plant into the human identical hormones. The end product cannot be called “natural” as that is misleading; the process undergone is synthetic, but the important result is that they are human identical and that is what makes them safe.