The Benefits of Hormone Restoration
Question: I feel fine, why should I think about BHRT?
Answer: If you feel fine and as good as you did a decade ago, we recommend that you have your hormone levels checked as a baseline, so you have your own personal levels to refer to when you start having symptoms. Keep in mind, although symptoms of Menopause are typically abrupt and occur when hormone levels have been low for several years, symptoms of Perimenopause begin gradually, a good decade before menopause. Your physical and mental health decline slowly so you don't usually perceive it. Its almost like slowly gaining weight over the years, one day realizing you are 25 pounds heavier than you were a decade ago.
Question: OK, I'm interested in BHRT. When's the best time to start?
Answer: The best time to start BHRT is when hormone levels start to decline. This does not mean temporary low levels due to stress, illnesses or pregnancy, but when levels are low for several months without any reversible cause. Although, some women have ovarian dysfunction in their 20's, most women start to have a permanent decline in hormones in their early 40's. Once hormone levels start to permanently decline, the sooner you start replacement the better.
Question: I'm approaching menopause age. Should I wait to start BHRT treatment?
Answer: The longer you wait, the more time you give your body to start declining in health. In women, the female cycle of Estradiol and Progesterone keeps the whole body in balance. When women lose this cycle, the body accelerates in the degenerative process. The longer you wait, more you will age.
Question: I'd always thought that hormone therapy was for women. How is it suitable for men too?
Answer: Testosterone is the major male hormone. It is as crucial to the health and vitality of men as Estradiol and Progesterone are in women. From head to toe, testosterone is crucial to every cell function in the body. Men never have zero testosterone, but their levels begin to decline with advancing age. This directly correlates with loss of vitality and health, as well as the advancement of age related diseases.
Question: How soon can I expect to see any improvement?
Answer: Men typically see improvement in 4-6 weeks. Women can see some changes within days, such as resolution of hot flashes and night sweats, to a few months to see benefits in memory and neurological symptoms. The sooner balance is achieved, the quicker you will enjoy the benefits of hormone replacement. Other factors play an important role in achieving hormone balance. For example, if you have not had hormone balance for several years, it can take a little more time to achieve full balance.
Question: Can BHRT help me deal with stress?
Answer: Hormone balance is critical to stress management. Women typically report anxiety and poor stress management with perimenopause and menopause. Once hormones are in balance, it becomes much easier to handle the normal stresses of life. Many women who have gone through years of adrenal fatigue feel much more stressed after menopause. They have poor adrenal back up. By correctly replacing ovarian hormones, the adrenal glands can begin to recover.
Question: What does BHRT have to do with libido?
Answer: Libido has many components. Prolonged mental stress, which leads to adrenal fatigue can contribute to infertility as well as low a libido, as nature has protected women from reproduction during periods of stress. After menopause, libido typically declines rapidly as the interaction of hormones from the adrenal glands and ovaries is lost. If adrenal glands are healthy, replacing Estradiol and Progesterone in the ovarian pattern can restore libido. This will not happen if hormones are replaced in a non-fluctuating “static” dose. Some physicians chose to address this by giving Testosterone to women; however, this is not a medically sound approach, and studies have shown negative long-term effects of replacing testosterone in women.
Question: How long will I need to have hormone treatment?
Answer: There is no evidence that hormone replacement will prolong your life span. However, there is plenty of evidence that it will increase your quality of life, vitality, functionality and overall health. As long as you wish to have these benefits, you can safely enjoy BHRT.
Question: Will I put on weight during BHRT?
Answer: You will very likely begin to put on weight without hormone replacement. Women commonly complain that they are eating healthier and less calories in addition to exercising regularly and more than they ever have, but still cannot lose weight. If hormone replacement is done with the correct balance of Estradiol and Progesterone, you will be able to easily achieve a stable weight as you did when you were young and healthy. Many women do gain weight when Estrogen is not in balance with Progesterone. One balance is achieved, weight loss and maintenance becomes easy.
Question: Are there any side-effects of hormone therapy?
Answer: As long as you take bioidentical hormones topically, and within physiological doses (doses that correspond to what our bodies produce) there have been no reported side effects. Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones your own body makes. The body makes these hormones in the years of optimum health, and when they are not made any more, health begins to decline. There have been reported side effects of taking synthetic hormones, especially any type of synthetic Progesterone. Also, remember, Estrogen should never be taken by mouth as it increase the risk of blood clots.
Question: What's the difference between natural and synthetic hormones?
Answer: Bioidentical hormone replacement restores the hormones, which were once made by our body. They are molecularly identical to what healthy, hormone producing glands make. By reproducing the way our bodies made hormones during our healthiest years we can regain our youthful level of health and function. Due to the documented and potential harmful effects of synthetic hormones, it's essential that only natural bioidentical hormones be used. Synthetic hormones are chemically modified at the molecular level from our natural bioidentical hormones so they can be patented.
Question: What is the role of nutrition in exercise in the BHRT therapy?
Answer: BHRT is an essential component of the total, holistic experience, with diet, fitness and stress management, all pulling together to restore your health, vitality and physical appearance.
Question: Do I need a prescription for BHRT?
Answer: Bioidentical hormones are specially compounded under the direction of a physician. Some compounding pharmacies compound and sell BHRT over the counter without a prescription, but the concentration is much lower than prescription strength. For example, adequate prescription strength progesterone is 10 times more concentrated than the maximum strength progesterone allowed to be sold without a prescription.
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