Did you know hormones are an important part of your biology well past puberty and the trying teen years? Hormones regulate many of your body functions, including your metabolism, immune system, mood, and libido.
When your hormones aren’t balanced, your health is at risk, and aging can trigger these imbalances in both men and women.
If you thought hormonal challenges were behind you but find yourself struggling with the physical and emotional changes hormone shifts bring as you age, our team at Viva Health Group in Linden and Clifton, New Jersey, can help.
Led by Aleksander Bodnar, MD, our practice is pleased to offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to men and women struggling with imbalanced hormones and the frustrating symptoms they bring.
While you may think of your teen years when you think about hormone fluctuations, they occur throughout your life.
By replacing your depleted or imbalanced hormones with those derived from natural plant compounds, BHRT can ease your symptoms, since these natural hormones identically replace yours.
Dr. Bodnar first tests your hormone levels, and once he understands your needs, he creates a personalized plan that may include BHRT delivered through pellets placed just under your skin or as a topical cream.
At the Viva Health Group, we’re committed to helping you experience the best health at every age. BHRT can play an integral role in achieving this. Take a moment to learn more about five major benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Safe, effective treatment
You may have heard that conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases your risk for heart disease and cancer. But this link is not scientifically sound because some participants in the studies cited had poor health before starting hormone replacement.
And BHRT is nothing like conventional HRT. Conventional HRT uses synthetic hormones, but BHRT uses hormones that are bioidentical to your natural hormones. This means your body tolerates them well, making them a safe and effective treatment.
Gentle, natural ingredients
Unlike traditional hormone therapy, which derives the components from sources like pregnant animals, the primary ingredients in BHRT are plant hormones. These plant-based hormones act like your own hormones since they are chemically identical.
These natural ingredients offer a gentler way to replace depleted hormones.
Eases symptoms of menopause
The biggest complaints we hear about menopause are the struggles with night sweats and hot flashes. For some women, these symptoms last up to 11 years. BHRT alleviates these concerns, plus it helps with a host of other menopausal symptoms, including:
- Struggles with weight
- Problems sleeping
- Painful intercourse
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Decreased libido
- Brain fog and confusion
- Hair loss
- Lack of energy
Our patients on BHRT also report their skin looks healthier, and they have an overall sense of well-being. Dr. Bodnar checks your progress to make sure the BHRT program provides the menopause symptom relief you need. He may adjust your BHRT treatment as needed.
Helps maintain bone density
BHRT prevents loss of bone density and the related condition of osteoporosis. The estrogen in BHRT helps keep your bones stronger for longer by stimulating your bone-building cells. By taking BHRT with estrogen, women can help slow bone loss, maintain their bone density, and sometimes regain lost bone mass.
Men’s health benefits
Although menopause usually garners the most attention when it comes to age-related hormone changes, men also go through a change.
Around the same time women go through menopause, men may have a drop in testosterone called andropause, a condition that leads to troublesome symptoms, including:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Low energy
- Enlarged breast tissue
BHRT helps resolve these symptoms, and research indicates many positive effects associated with BHRT and men’s health.
Learn more about BHRT and the benefits it brings by calling the Viva Health Group office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online now.