Posted January 12, 2021
By Dr. Luis Dominguez In Women's Health

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy: Natural Menopause Treatment for Women

bioidentical hormone replacement therapy benefits

Hormones are the body’s chemical messenger system that controls many essential functions. They travel in the bloodstream to organs and tissues, coordinating everything from bone and muscle growth, digestion and metabolism, libido and intimate function, and emotions and mood.

When your hormone levels decline or become unbalanced, it can lead to many issues, including weight gain, weak bones, depression, and mood swings.

The production of hormones (such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and human growth hormone) drops dramatically after age 35, resulting in several physical and emotional symptoms related to aging.

Hormone replacement therapies are excellent menopause treatments for women.

Women are increasingly considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to help alleviate perimenopause and menopause symptoms.

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are man-made hormones designed to be very similar to those produced by the body. They are used to treat people whose hormones are out of balance or at low levels. The Food and Drug Administration has approved bioidentical preparations of estradiol (a form of estrogen) and progesterone as hormone replacement therapy.

BHRT is not the same as traditional hormone replacement therapy that uses hormones that are not as well matched for the human body. Bioidentical hormones are made from plant estrogens and are chemically identical to the hormones your body produces naturally. They behave exactly like the hormones made by your body. 

What Symptoms Indicate a Hormonal Imbalance?

Although men can benefit from bioidentical hormone therapy, physicians often use it to help women experiencing perimenopause and menopause symptoms. Menopause typically happens after age 45 when a woman’s ovaries stop producing progesterone and estrogen. However, younger women also experience hormonal imbalance from premenstrual syndrome, adrenal fatigue, and other issues.

menopause treatment for womenCommon symptoms of low or unbalanced hormones include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Dryness and pain during intimacy
  • Night sweats
  • Low libido and less interest in intimacy
  • Insomnia and other sleeping issues
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of muscle
  • Memory loss
  • Mood changes
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Depression

How Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Helps Relieve Menopausal Symptoms

Women and men experience a decrease in hormones as they enter middle age. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy replenishes the supply of dwindling hormones, helping alleviate discomfort related to menopause and andropause (male menopause).

Only physicians skilled in hormone replacement therapy can administer this menopause treatment for women. A doctor first will test your current hormone levels and then customize a treatment plan that might include creams and capsules. The length of treatment depends on the individual needs of each patient.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has shown promise in:

  • Aiding Weight Loss
  • Heightening Libido
  • Reducing the risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis
  • Improving sleep, mood, concentration, and memory
  • Reducing depression and anxiety
  • Minimizing hot flashes

Where to Get Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has a few side effects that typically are linked to dosage, including acne, irritability, breast tenderness, and bloating. It’s essential to get this menopause treatment for women from physicians with expertise in evaluating hormone levels and treating patients with properly calculated dosages to avoid these effects. 

NuLife Institute in Miami, FL, specializes in hormone therapies for women and men. If you are experiencing menopause or hormone deficiency symptoms, NuLife’s team of physicians can develop a bioidentical replacement hormone therapy plan to meet your specific needs. Contact NuLife Institute at 305-400-0005 or schedule a call online.

Meet The Doctor

Miami hormones specialist

Dr. Luis Dominguez, D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Dominguez’s primary area of specialization is the power of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). He has extensive expertise in sexual health and regenerative medicine …

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