What is hormone replacement therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic (man-made) hormones to safely minimize the uncomfortable symptoms of a hormonal imbalance.
It’s different from traditional hormone replacement therapy in that the hormones come from plants. These hormones are identical to the ones naturally produced in your body, minimizing the risk of uncomfortable side effects.
What conditions can benefit from hormone replacement therapy?
At HealthMatrix, the team prescribes hormone replacement therapy to treat various conditions, including:
- Insulin resistance
- Adrenal and thyroid disorders
You might also benefit from hormone replacement therapy if you have osteoporosis or fibromyalgia.
What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy offers a variety of benefits. For one, it helps minimize uncomfortable symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances, like hot flashes, irritability, sleep issues, and weight gain.
Hormone replacement therapy may reduce the risk of certain health problems, like cataracts and diabetes.
It can also improve your overall quality of life. Studies show that people who undergo hormone replacement therapy often have more energy, a higher libido, and are more likely to sleep soundly through the night.
What does hormone replacement therapy involve?
It’s possible to administer hormone replacement therapy in several forms, including:
- Implanted pellets
Following a comprehensive physical exam, a discussion of your symptoms, and a review of your medical history, the team makes recommendations that align with your needs.
Throughout treatment, you’ll need to attend routine checkups. At each appointment, the team monitors your body’s response to the hormones and makes adjustments as necessary.
Is hormone replacement therapy safe?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is safe and usually well-tolerated. Because it uses hormones derived from natural sources like plants, it’s less likely to trigger uncomfortable symptoms.
Even so, it often takes several weeks for your body to adjust to the influx of new hormones. As a result, you might experience minor side effects like bloating, acne, weight gain, or fatigue. Be patient, follow your provider’s instructions, and attend each follow-up appointment to monitor your progress.
To learn more about hormone replacement therapy, make an appointment at HealthMatrix by calling the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff or complete the contact form below.