What Kind Of Changes Should I Expect With Bioidentical Hormones?
When your hormone levels are low or imbalanced, you can feel like a completely different version of yourself. From mood swings to sexual dysfunction to changes in your appearance, the symptoms of a hormone deficiency can affect virtually every aspect of your life. At Body Bar MD, board-certified physician and wellness expert Dr. Christy Kirkendol Watson (aka Dr. Christy) understands the frustrating and devastating nature of hormone imbalance side effects and is committed to helping patients transform their health and happiness with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in Carmel or Terre Haute, IN. In this blog, you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about BHRT, including how this exciting treatment may change your body, your mind, and your life.
What is BHRT?
BHRT, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, is a form of hormone therapy that utilizes plant-based hormones designed to identically mimic the body’s naturally occurring hormones. Not only does this make BHRT an attractive option for patients who prefer a more natural course of treatment, but bioidentical plant-based hormones are more easily and efficiently absorbed by the body, meaning patients can achieve rapid, consistent, and long-lasting relief from their symptoms. At Body Bar MD, Dr. Christy uses the unique and convenient BioTE® pellet delivery system to treat patients with BHRT.
What symptoms will improve with BHRT?
The symptoms of hormonal deficiency, menopause, and andropause – which vary from person to person – can all potentially be greatly improved through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Some of the most common hormone-related symptoms that BHRT can help to relieve or reverse include:
- Mood swings
- Lack of energy
- Brain fog
- Memory problems
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hot flashes
- Hair loss/thinning hair
- Weight gain/weight loss
- Loss of muscle mass (men)
- Loss of bone density (women)
- Low libido
- Sexual dysfunction
- Vaginal dryness (women)
How soon will BHRT start working?
Some patients report a noticeable difference in their menopause or andropause symptoms within a week of starting BHRT, though most men and women report feeling markedly better about four weeks after initiating treatment. Over the course of BHRT, Dr. Christy will closely monitor your progress and can adjust your dosage, frequency, and other aspects of your treatment plan as necessary to ensure your results are satisfactory and consistent.
How often do I have to get new BHRT pellets?
On average, women require the insertion of new BioTE pellets once every 3 – 4 months, while most men can go about 4 – 5 months between doses. During your initial consultation, Dr. Christy will discuss your symptoms, explain how treatment works, and recommend the most appropriate treatment schedule for you. Again, the frequency of your BHRT dosing can be adjusted throughout the course of treatment. Should you begin to notice a return of unwanted symptoms prior to your next appointment, Dr. Christy may recommend more frequent doses, a higher BHRT dose, or both.
Enjoy life to the fullest and feel like yourself once again with BioTE BHRT in Carmel, IN
If you are tired of feeling like a dull, worn-out, run-down version of yourself, you may benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. To learn more about the physical and psychological improvements that can be achieved with BHRT, call either of our convenient Body Bar MD locations in Terre Haute or Carmel, IN to schedule your private consultation with board-certified physician and wellness expert Dr. Christy Kirkendol Watson today.