Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), also called “natural hormone therapy,” describes hormone replacement therapy that uses hormones biologically identical to the hormones produced naturally in the body. These hormones are extracted and synthesized to be structurally identical to the hormones produced in the body.
Bioidentical hormones usually pertain to the hormones estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA that are compounded or mixed together by a compounding pharmacy specifically for each individual. Bioidentical hormone doctors in Dallas, Texas can prescribe BHRT in may different forms, as it can be administered orally as well as via injections, patches, suppository, patches, creams and lotions.
Perimenopause means “around menopause” and is females’ natural transition period from fertility to infertility. Perimenopause can last for many years (average length is 4 years) before women achieve menopause (i.e., the cessation of menstruating for an entire year). BHRT can alleviate the symptoms of perimenopause and make the transition from fertility to infertility less severe by balancing hormone levels.
Menopause is the time in a women’s life when she stops menstruating and can no longer become pregnant. This change is brought on by a decrease in production of the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone by the uterus. BHRT can alleviate the symptoms of perimenopause and make the transition from fertility to infertility less severe.
Andropause is the name given to lowered androgen levels (e.g., testosterone, estrogen, DHEA) or decreased androgen production in aging men. Androgens are hormones produced by the gonads (i.e., testes). The most commonly known androgen is testosterone and many people use the terms androgen and testosterone interchangeably. Low levels of testosterone in both aging men and women is well documented. Balancing levels of hormones can be the key to healthy functioning in advanced stages of life.
Adrenal fatigue is the name given to the disorder of fatigued or overworked adrenal glands. When under stress, the adrenal glands emit hormones to combat the hormones released from stress. When the adrenal glands can’t produce enough hormones (i.e., adrenaline, cortisol and some androgens) to deal with the stress, they become fatigued and malfunction. This leads to a decrease in energy and fatigue. Replacing hormones can help offset the decrease in production by the adrenals and alleviate the feelings of tiredness and lack of motivation associated with adrenal fatigue.
The thyroid is a gland located below the Adam’s apple and above the neck. The thyroid is part of the endocrine system, which releases hormones responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism including, heart rate and how fast the body burns calories. Thyroid problems can lead to many serious illnesses, like thyroid cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. Bioidentical thyroid can reduce the risks of these conditions and reduce symptomology.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness and abdominal pain, sleep disturbance, psychological distress and poor information processing and cognitive functioning. Symptoms have been known to begin after a physically traumatic event, surgery, severe distress or a serious infection, but can also accumulate gradually over time. Hormone replacement can reduce symptoms and the “flare ups” associated with fibromyalgia.