Hormone changes occur in men and women as part of our normal aging process and can lead to a decline in overall quality of life. Andrea Bickerton, MD, of Refined Image in Naples, Florida, understands the medical and emotional aspects of hormonal changes and has considerable expertise in using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to reduce the impact on your life. Call Refined Image today or book an appointment online to find out how BHRT can help relieve your symptoms.
Hormones are chemicals produced by the body to help keep the body regulated in many different functions. Hormones are created by many organs in the body including the brain, ovaries, testes, pancreas, thymus, thyroid, and adrenal glands. Hormones are then carried to different areas of the body where they help control many different functions including:
When hormone levels are not optimal it can lead to many changes in the way we feel and how our body functions. The most common hormonal changes we see and are most familiar with as we age are menopause/andropause, but also thyroid dysfunction is also very common and can occur at any age.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the use of hormones that are molecularly identical to the hormones naturally made in our bodies and provide an effective treatment for the relief of menopausal symptoms in women, decreased testosterone levels in men, and decreased thyroid hormone levels.
Common symptoms experienced by women going through menopause include:
Common symptoms experienced by men with low testosterone include:
Hormone replacement therapy is a way of reducing these symptoms by replenishing hormones to their previous levels.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been used since the 1940’s and offers a slow, continuous absorption of plant based hormones that are identical in structure to the hormones naturally produced by the ovaries and testes.
Beyond relieving the unpleasant side effects that come with decreases in hormone levels as we age, BHRT can also be protective against certain ailments such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and mood disorders to name a few.
BHRT also has the added benefit of not increasing the risk of blood clots as some oral hormone therapies do because it does not have to go through the liver. BHRT in the form of pellets also offers the advantage of a steady level of hormone in the body rather than the constantly fluctuating levels seen with oral, topical, or injectable therapies.
In certain patients there are oral supplements that are required to prevent unpleasant side effects such as increased breast tissue in men and vaginal bleeding in women with a uterus.
No two patients are alike and BHRT allows for treatment to be customized based on your particular needs and medical history. While most patients are able to be treated with BHRT, Dr. Bickerton will discuss your personal situation, as well as the possible risks, so you can decide on the appropriate treatment together.
Dr. Bickerton provides compassionate support so you can decide on the treatment that’s right for you. Call Refined Image today or book an appointment online.