How Do Bioidentical Hormones Differ From Traditional HRT?
There’s no doubt that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be a life-changing solution for men and women experiencing an array of frustrating symptoms related to hormonal imbalance or fluctuating hormones. In addition to traditional HRT, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is also a highly sought-after option for a number of reasons. Board-certified physician and wellness expert Dr. Christine Kirkendol Watson (aka Dr. Christy) understands the complex nature of hormone replacement therapy and is proud to offer BioTE® BHRT in Carmel and Terre Haute, IN at Body Bar MD. Discover the benefits of hormone replacement therapy here, and learn why bioidentical hormones may be the right option for you.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an innovative treatment designed to restore a patient’s hormones to the normal physiologic range in order to minimize or reverse the unwanted side effects of hormone imbalance, menopause, and other conditions. While there are several approaches for HRT, it typically involves administering synthetic hormones at regular intervals and closely monitoring the patient’s hormone levels and symptoms over time to ensure consistent levels and long-lasting symptom relief. Some of the most common complaints that can be dramatically improved with hormone replacement therapy include:
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Loss of bone density/osteoporosis
- Hair loss
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Depression and anxiety
- Low libido
- Low energy
- Brain fog
Who is a candidate for hormone replacement therapy?
Both men and women can benefit greatly from hormone replacement therapy. While some people think of HRT as being reserved for older patients who are experiencing symptoms of menopause and andropause, it can actually be a fantastic option for patients as young as 30, who often begin to notice the early side effects of declining hormone levels.
During your initial consultation for HRT in Carmel or Terre Haute, IN, Dr. Christy will take a thorough health history, draw labs, and perform any other necessary studies to determine if hormone replacement therapy is safe and appropriate for you.
What are bioidentical hormones?
For patients seeking a more natural alternative to hormone replacement, bioidentical hormone pellets may be a fitting solution. Traditional HRT typically involves hormones that are synthesized from animal hormones, which do not always behave in the expected or ideal way. Bioidentical hormones, however, are derived from plant-based sources and mimic human hormones identically. This allows for more efficient absorption of the medication and more predictable, reliable results. Additional benefits of bioidentical hormones include the ability to custom-compound the pellets and adjust the dosage for each individual patient to ensure optimal treatment, as well as the consistent delivery of medication over time to minimize the risk of a rollercoaster effect.
At Body Bar MD, Dr. Christy is proud to offer the revolutionary BioTE hormone replacement system for patients seeking a fast, convenient, and effective HRT solution. During your BioTE treatment, Dr. Christy will carefully insert a customized pellet just underneath your skin, which will deliver a consistent dose of hormones over the course of several months. Dr. Christy will closely monitor your symptoms, hormone levels, and other factors and make any adjustments to your dose and/or compounds as needed.
How long does BioTE last?
BioTE pellets can provide long-lasting symptom relief when administered by a highly qualified and experienced physician. The length of time between your appointments may vary depending on the severity of your symptoms, the strength of your dose, and your body’s response to BHRT. On average, patients can expect to enjoy the results of BioTE for about 3 – 6 months before a new pellet(s) needs to be placed.
Regain control of your life with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Terre Haute, IN
If you are frustrated by the symptoms of hormone imbalance, menopause, or another hormone-related condition and prefer a more natural approach to treatment, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be the solution you’ve been searching for. To learn more about BHRT in Carmel or Terre Haute, IN, including whether you may qualify for BioTE treatment, call the friendly team at Body Bar MD to schedule your private consultation with board-certified physician Dr. Christine Kirkendol Watson today!