Women across the nation share highly individualized experiences with their changing bodies, especially when it comes to menopause. When undergoing this milestone moment, it is pertinent to find a customized and comprehensive care plan to help you feel and function at your best, no matter what stage of menopause you are in.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) offers a relief of symptoms related to menopause and has recently been proven to provide other advanced health benefits, including improved heart health. Here we will take a look at the different uses of BHRT and how you can benefit from this more natural approach to remedying hormone imbalance.
The Uses of BHRT
Hormones are molecules naturally created and dispersed throughout your body via a variety of organs; they play a crucial role in everything from lean body mass maintenance and bone density to metabolism and cardiovascular function. Many things can affect the quality and number of hormones in your body; the major physiological change imposed on a woman's body by menopause is one significant factor.
BHRT is a type of FDA-approved medical intervention wherein hormones derived from plants are used to supplement the hormones which a person is deficient in. Botanical hormones used within BHRT (typically coming from yams or soy) are a molecular match to those found naturally within the human body. Pharmaceutical companies can extract, concentrate, and formulate these hormones in such a way so that they can be effectively dosed and administered.
At Plaza OB/GYN, BHRT involves a simple insertion of small pellets just beneath the surface of the skin; this allows a slow and controlled release of hormones into the body. The process can be performed in a simple outpatient procedure using local anesthesia and a small incision. At our clinic, we offer
BHRT Offers Heart Health Benefits (Among Other Benefits, Too!)
Most people who know a little bit about hormone replacement therapy have heard about how BHRT can help maintain bone density, which can drastically decrease as women age. An estimated 1 in 10 women in their 60's have osteoporosis, jumping to 2 in 5 women in their 80's. Interestingly, new research shows that BHRT may even offer benefits to a woman's heart health, too.
In fact, a recent study published in 2017 found that BHRT is correlated with a reduced risk of atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries). The botanical hormones provided via BHRT have also been shown to help reduce "lousy" LDL cholesterol, increase "healthy" HDL cholesterol, and improve the pliability and flexibility of blood vessels, all of which may decrease a woman's risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
Of course, these bone density and cardiovascular effects aren't the only upsides to of the type of BHRT provided within our practice. Robust data also shows that BHRT can help relieve, prevent, or even reverse a variety of peri-menopausal, menopausal, and post-menopausal symptoms women may experience, including:
- Dry skin
- Thinning hair and/or hair loss
- Hot flashes
- Impaired focus and energy
- Decreased libido and increased vaginal dryness
- Anxiety, depression, and other mood dysfunction
- Increased body fat accumulation
Are you curious about hormone replacement therapy and wondering how it could benefit your health? Schedule an initial consultation with one of our nationally-recognized and award-winning physicians. We're committed to providing state-of-the-art, best-practice care for Houston area women and make it our mission to provide every patient with an individualized and comprehensive approach. Contact us today.