Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?
Hormones in the human body have the important task of regulating most of your basic bodily functions. In a sense, they serve as a phone line helping to spread signals between cells throughout your body. Hormones coordinate important body functions like digestion, sleep, your immune system, and your libido. If your body’s hormone balance is out of whack (even just a little) that can have a significant negative impact on your health and wellbeing.
Bioidentical hormones are designed to exactly match the molecular structures of the natural hormones occurring in your body. Once tailored to your body, these hormones are administered with doctor oversight, then fine-tuned using follow up laboratory testing. If you have low or unbalanced hormone levels, our clinic can help you re-balance and get your life back on track.
Why Might you use BHRT?
You might benefit from hormone replacement therapy if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Reduced mental focus & energy levels
- Diminished muscle mass & joint pain
- Increased irritability & depression
- Reduced sexual desire
- Difficulty sleeping
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes
Benefits of BHRT
As the body ages, it undergoes various hormonal changes. These changes can have a negative net effect on your overall health and general happiness.
For women, your body’s natural production of estrogen significantly drops off during menopause. This large reduction in estrogen levels can lead to often uncomfortable long-term side effects that BHRT can reduce or eliminate.
BHRT also helps men to live strong, energetic lives. Testosterone therapy restores vitality, helps your endurance, your stamina, and your sex drive. BHRT therapy helps create lean muscle mass, regulates your mood, and even increases the quality of your sleep! Optimal testosterone levels may also improve stress-coping abilities, facilitate clearer thinking and prevent a range of assorted chronic illnesses.
Side Effects and Risks of BHRT
Possible side effects of BHRT may include acne, bloating, weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, and increased facial hair in women. BHRT does not and can not result in any kind of cancer.
How Does it Work?
As an SRMC hormone replacement patient, you will be administered a hormone replacement pellet to provide you with a steady stream of hormones. Ultimately, you will receive 2-4 bioidentical hormone pellet insertions every year depending on your physiological needs and the recommendations of our medical team.
Optimal hormone levels are usually reached within two weeks after insertion of the initial hormone replacement pellet. Follow up appointments are scheduled with Dr. Hostetter to ensure that your treatment plan is going well, and your treatment plan doesn’t require adjusting.
If you think Hormone Replacement Therapy in Seattle might be right for you, give us a call today to arrange a consultation with Dr. Hostetter at (425) 528-1402.