Your hormones are chemical messengers that play an essential role in your body’s overall function and well-being. They each have their own job, but they also rely on each other to get things done.
This means that if one hormone level goes out of balance, it can affect other hormone levels or the quality of how different hormones function.
Part of the Aging Process
Unfortunately, hormonal imbalances are a natural part of the aging process. It’s common for men and women of all ages to experience hormonal imbalances.
Not only do hormone imbalances cause annoying symptoms, but they can have long-term effects and severe consequences for your health. The good news is that many hormones can be brought back into balance by using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
Hormone Imbalance Happens
Hormone imbalance can happen anytime during your lifetime. You’ve probably gone through the most familiar hormone imbalance already- puberty. Puberty can be a confusing and uncomfortable time full of:
- Emotional roller coasters
- Skin problems
- And more
We won’t go into that, though— you’ve been there already! You may also already be expecting a hormonal shift during pregnancy, menopause, or andropause. But there are other times that your hormones can get out of control that might catch you off guard.
Your endocrine glands produce, store, and release hormones into your blood. So, anytime one of these glands is affected by a medical condition, you may experience a hormone imbalance.
The following, and more, can play a role in hormonal imbalances:
- Chronic stress
- Poor nutrition
- Birth control pills
- Severe allergic reactions
The symptoms of a hormone imbalance depend on which hormones and are affected. Symptoms of the most common types of hormonal imbalances include:
- unexplained change in weight
- excessive sweating
- sensitivity to cold and heat
- dry skin or skin rashes
- Issues with blood pressure
- changes in heart rate
- brittle or weak bones
- Instability of blood sugar levels
- increased thirst
- Increased urination
- changes in appetite
- reduced sex drive
- thinning, brittle hair
- puffy face
- blurred vision
- a bulge in the neck
- breast tenderness
- deepening of the voice in females
In the past, many of these symptoms have been accepted as “signs of aging that you just have to live with.” Today, however, men and women no longer need to suffer through these symptoms.
What is BHRT?
BHRT is a long name for something quite simple. Bio-Identical means that the structure of the hormone exactly matches the structure of naturally produced hormones.
Hormone replacement therapy is simply that: a therapy that you undergo to replace hormones. So if your estrogen levels have dropped or are non-existent, you can add estrogen back into your body using creams, pills, patches, or pellets.
We Prefer BHRT Pellet Therapy
Although there are many ways to administer hormone replacement therapy, we prefer pellet therapy because it is more convenient and more consistently releases hormones into your body. That means no “do it yourself” administration that you have to remember to do yourself. And your hormones won’t take you on a roller coaster ride.
Hormone pellet therapy specializes in the use of subcutaneous pellets. A small pellet – about the size of a piece of rice – is inserted under your skin, where it systematically releases hormones into your bloodstream.
This little pellet works 24/7 without you having to do a thing. And it lasts for about four months. At that point, it breaks down and your body absorbs it. This means that you only have to come in 3 times a year to receive treatments. The rest of the time, you can forget about it.
It can take some time to adjust your hormone levels to what works best for your body. You and your provider can work side by side in making these determinations.
Busting the Myth
BHRT has been around since 1937. Reputable doctors have used hormone therapy for decades to treat a variety of conditions. In 2002, however, Hormone Replacement Therapy got a bad rap because significant health safety concerns arose around women using synthetic hormone replacement therapies (HRT).
At that time, the media picked up the story, and a media frenzy began. As a result, millions of women stopped taking HRT. Since then, the Women’s Health Study that spawned the concerns has been further evaluated and discredited.
Unfortunately, the media did not pick up that story, so many women and men still live in fear of Hormone Replacement therapies from which they could benefit.
Bio-Identical Hormones vs. Synthetic Hormones
Synthetic hormones are made from animal hormones. For example, it is not uncommon for synthetic estrogen to be derived from the hormones of pregnant horses.
Aside from that, the problem with synthetic hormones is that they are not structurally identical to human hormones, so they are not as effective. Some studies have also shown that they are not identical, leading to negative side effects.
Bio-identical hormones are derived from plant sources. They identically match the structure of human hormones. This makes BHRT a more natural and effective approach to hormone therapy.
In Japan, France, and other European countries, BHRT has long been the preferred method of hormone therapy. It’s taken longer to take hold in the U.S. but providers are finally recognizing it and widely prescribing it.
We Love BHRT!
At Living Well Dallas, we have found BHRT to be the most effective way to treat hormone imbalances. We treat our patients using BHRT pellets and transdermal creams.
Are you ready to feel your best? Unfortunately, unusual hormone levels can present themselves in different ways and of varying levels of severity.
Lastly, every person’s experience with hormonal imbalance is unique. So, the Living Well Dallas Hormone team is ready to evaluate your health history and develop a customized course of treatment just for you! Contact us for a consultation!