Bio-Identical Hormones (BHRT)
What are hormones?
From metabolism to our mood, hormones affect every aspect of how our body functions. As we age, our hormones decline and fall out of balance, resulting in troubling symptoms including fatigue, hot flashes, low sex drive, weight gain, mood swings and depression. Fortunately, help is available to restore hormonal balance and well-being with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in Richmond, Virginia.*
What is BHRT?
BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy) uses natural hormones and not the synthetic forms that are found in traditional hormone replacement therapy. All-natural bio-identical hormones are a precise biochemical match to your own hormones. This means they can be easily absorbed and processed by the body.
Hormone replacement therapy Benefits*
With this in mind, some of the benefits and improvements a patient can receive from Hormone Replacement Therapy include:
- Emotional balance
- Muscle mass
- Excess fat
- Sexual function
- Sense of well-being
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Process
After your initial consultation, we perform an in-depth evaluation. This includes an analysis of your health history and bloodwork results. With careful consideration of your needs and goals, we will devise a personalized BHRT plan for you.
Once your BHRT plan is in effect for a period of time, we will bring you back for a follow-up and repeated testing to assess your progress. Additionally, these scheduled check-ins ensure your safety and allow for the fine-tuning of your treatment based upon changes in diet, work, sleep, health, and stress. It is typical for patients to receive pellets every three to four months.
How is BHRT administered?
We administer BHRT by placing pellets in your upper hip/butt area. We also offer creams and oral hormone tablets.
Does bio-identical hormone replacement therapy hurt?
On the contrary. BHRT is administered under the skin with tiny pellets. It is a simple procedure to administer BHRT, and we take every precaution to ensure your comfort. We use lidocaine to numb the area prior to insertion to alleviate any pain.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Side Effects
BHRT is a well-tolerated treatment when carefully administered and supervised by an expert physician. Our medical director Dr. Lonny Green and his highly trained staff will carefully monitor your progress and adjust your treatment as needed to address any side effects that may occur. Patients may experience side effects of BHRT, such as:
- Mood swings
Is BHRT for me if I am still having periods?
Yes, there are many women who experience fatigue and low libido to name a few symptoms who when replaced with the right hormones like testosterone notice a huge improvement in their symptoms.
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*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary from patient to patient depending on symptoms, current health, and patient needs.