5 Encouraging Reasons to Try Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is nothing new — it’s been around since the 1960s. It’s helped many aging women and men experiencing a natural decline in hormones, but some studies showed that the risks might outweigh the benefits.

Scientists met the challenge and found a better way to replace lost hormones. 

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses hormones derived from wild yams — rather than the urine of pregnant horses, as in traditional HRT. These plant-based derivatives are identical in chemical and molecular structure to the hormones your body produces naturally. 

If that sounds good, wait until you hear about BHRT’s multiple benefits.

Naturopathic specialists Dr. Jake Schmutz and Dr. Joshua Hersh at Integrative Medica in Salt Lake City, Utah, help women and men overcome the symptoms of declining hormones using BHRT. Here are just a few of the many reasons they recommend BHRT to our patients.

Advantages of BHRT

Everybody is different, and Drs. Schmutz and Hersh never prescribe a treatment — including BHRT — without a thorough exam and getting to know you and your symptoms. If it turns out you’re a good BHRT candidate, here’s how it could optimize your hormones and restore your health and vitality: 

1. BHRT is safe

Although using horse urine to manufacture HRT is easy and cost-effective, it’s not worth it if it compromises your health. 

The good news is that BHRT has fewer adverse effects compared to synthetic hormone replacement therapies, and the customized nature of BHRT treatments allows for better control over hormone levels, reducing the risk of side effects.

2. BHRT is effective

Safety and effectiveness are the two pillars of any medication. So, the second reason on our list to consider BHRT is that it works. 

The same studies that prove BHRT’s safety also indicate that it successfully alleviates menopausal symptoms. 

3. BHRT is good for your heart

BHRT is safe for people with good cardiovascular health and may also positively affect your heart health. Although more research is necessary in this area, and BHRT is NOT a heart disease preventive measure, studies show that some women who take estrogen therapy close to the onset of menopause may have positive heart effects. 

4. BHRT is beneficial for your bones

Hormone replacement therapy, including BHRT, can beef up your bone density, help you prevent bone loss, and possibly stave off osteoporosis, reducing the risk of fractures in postmenopausal women.

5. BHRT can restore your love life

Waning hormones wreak havoc on your sexual health. Women experience vaginal atrophy and painful sex, while men may encounter erectile dysfunction — and both sexes can suffer from low libido. 

BHRT optimizes your hormone levels and alleviates your symptoms so you can resume your active sex life and enjoy it again.

Is BHRT right for you?

We primarily recommend BHRT to alleviate symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, memory loss, weight gain, sleep issues, loss of interest in sex, or pain during sex. However, we also use it to manage conditions like osteoporosis and adrenal and thyroid disorders.

Unlike traditional hormone therapies that apply a one-size-fits-all approach, we tailor your BHRT to your unique hormonal needs to ensure you receive the right type and amount of hormones for your body.

Learn more about BHRT and how it can help you — call Integrative Medica today.

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