We answer some common questions about this increasingly popular treatment.
As women age, their hormone levels begin to drop, which causes their bodies to fail at carrying out the processes that have kept them looking and feeling healthy in their youth. Suddenly, they’re faced with many challenging symptoms. Menopause, hot flashes, hormone imbalance, aches and pains, digestive issues, diminished libido, fatigue, excess abdominal fat, bone loss, muscle atrophy, and increased skin laxity are all linked to these hormonal changes.
Many women believe that these symptoms are inevitabilities of aging, destined to plague them for many years to come, but the truth is there’s an effective treatment option for managing these symptoms and minimizing the disruptive impact they can have on daily life: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This specialized treatment effectively arrests the aging process and improves overall vitality.
What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy replaces hormones that naturally begin to decrease as we age, aiming to slow down or decrease symptoms of aging, including perimenopause and menopause in women.
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are man made hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those the human body produces. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are most commonly replicated and used in treatment.
How does the therapy work to reduce signs of aging?
We believe that optimal health is the secret to leading a happy and long life. HRT can provide significant relief from the symptoms that arise from diminished production of hormones that are vital to wellbeing. Increased muscle mass is one of the key reasons that hormone replacement therapy makes us feel so much healthier – because a higher muscle mass is known to help our body function more efficiently, remove unneeded storage of excess fat, and place less stress on our joints.
What symptoms does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy treat?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy works to treat a variety of symptoms resulting from hormonal changes, including: menopausal symptoms (like hot flashes, low estrogen, diminished libido, excess abdominal fat and more), aches and pains, digestive issues, fatigue, bone loss, muscle atrophy, and increased skin laxity.
What can I expect from a treatment plan?
After an initial assessment, we will prescribe a treatment plan that involves the ideal dose and delivery of bio-identical hormones to maximize your results. The initial assessment can be done in the clinic, or, if you are out of town, we can often see you virtually. You are then given an initial prescription, which you can pick up at one of the many trusted pharmacy locations we’ve partnered with across British Columbia and Alberta. Regular check-ups will be scheduled to monitor your progress and fine-tune your treatment plan.
Who is a good candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
An assessment of your health and risk factors will determine your candidacy for HRT. Most people over the age of 25 can be treated with hormone replacement therapy if they feel they are suffering from decreased or unbalanced hormone levels.
Is it safe?
Hormone replacement therapy is completely safe. One can think of it as being as safe as contraceptive pills for women, which have been prescribed and used worldwide for decades with minimal side effects. As with any treatment, there are risks, but they are minimal and any concerns will be discussed during the consultation.
When will I start seeing results, and how long does the therapy last?
It typically takes between 2 and 4 weeks to start feeling and seeing results. The recommended length of therapy varies, but it is not uncommon for patients to request to stay on hormone replacement therapy maintenance plan for years.
At W180MD, we want our patients to flourish, which is why bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the cornerstone of our anti-aging treatment plans. If you’re wondering if this leading-edge therapy is right for you, book a consultation today.