Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Do you feel too moody, too tired, too bitchy, too foggy, too anxious, too fat, too stopped up, too little libido? It’s not a mental disorder.
It’s your hormones.
Usually, when a woman goes through changes in her reproductive cycle, very often fluctuations in hormone levels will occur. The two main female hormones, estrogen and progesterone exist in a delicate balance and when that balance is disturbed, you can experience a range of symptoms and health issues.
If you are in your late 30’s and 40’s you may be in perimenopause which can cause you to produce estrogen, but less progesterone. This is known as estrogen dominance, and it disturbs the balance with progesterone. If you are older, you are likely to be in menopause and may have further hormonal imbalances. Hormone imbalance results in a number of symptoms, among the best known are the ‘menopause symptoms’ such as hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain and low libido. We can help you to identify exactly where you are in your ‘female passage’ through life.
How can I test my hormone levels?
You will receive blood tests as well as saliva tests before starting your BHRT. The results of this test show a complete picture of hormone levels – three estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and DHEA. Knowing exact hormone levels and ratios then allows us to customize your specific hormonal supplementation.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), also called natural hormone replacement therapy, is the supplemental use of Bioidentical hormones (estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone) to replace and balance your own hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are exactly the same hormones, molecule per molecule that the body produces. They come from plant sources.
How do I take Bioidentical Hormones?
If you choose to supplement with BHRT, your program will include a prescription with individualized compounded doses of bioidentical hormones rather than the “one dose fits all” approach of conventional hormone replacement therapy. It will be tailored specifically to fit you. The prescription will be filled at a compounding pharmacy in the form of a light cream, which you will apply to your skin every morning – you will be recommended to rotate application sites – inner upper arms, inner thighs and buttocks.
While results may vary, many women find they get relief from their symptoms almost immediately and it is important to track progress and work closely with our practitioner. After 6-9 months, you should return to have your hormone levels checked once again, to make sure you are moving closer toward your ideal balance.
Please contact Jaconello Wellness Centre for Anti-Aging and Integrative Medicine to set up an appointment with Dr. Jaconello at (416)463-2911. You will be asked to fill out an online Pre-visit Questionnaire which you need to fill out and send to the office before your appointment to determine if you are eligible for the hormone replacement therapy.