Have you recently been experiencing the symptoms of menopause and are ready to get back to feeling better? A bioidentical hormone therapy session with us might be just what you need for overall wellness. Here’s everything you need to know about bioidentical hormone therapy and its benefits.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that can be derived from plants and are identical in structure to the ones produced naturally within your body. Bioidentical hormones, such as micronized progesterone, estriol, and beta-estradiol, do not exist in nature but are made from plant extracts such as soy or yams. They are synthesized in the laboratory into hormones that the body recognizes as “natural.”
Bioidentical hormone therapy is the use of bioidentical hormones in patients experiencing menopause or other types of hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormones are available for use as pills, patches, sublingual tablets, gels, or creams.
What Are the Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
There are multiple benefits to undergoing bioidentical hormone therapy. Compared to synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones function exactly like the hormones your own body would produce and are derived from plant-based sources. Studies have shown that bioidentical hormones can help relieve the following symptoms of menopause:
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Night sweats
- Low libido
What to Expect During a Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Appointment
If you’ve never been to a bioidentical hormone therapy appointment, you might be wondering what to expect during your first session. A trained physician will begin by asking you a comprehensive set of questions to determine your current health status, including symptoms you’re experiencing and any other medications you may be taking. Your physician may also request samples of blood work and other tests depending on your symptoms, as well as discuss your lifestyle choices and nutrition.
Follow up appointments a month from your first appointment are common. These will help determine how your bioidentical hormone therapy plan is working for you. While most patients report relief in symptoms by this time, you may need to continue for several more months before a change can be experienced.