Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the use of hormones to help resolve symptoms related to hormonal imbalance or decline in hormone production tied to aging. Certain hormone treatments are called “bioidentical” or sometimes “natural” because the types of hormones used are chemically identical (according to molecular studies) to those produced by the human body.

Specific hormones that BHRT aims to increase or balance include those tied to reproduction and youth, such as estrogen (in the form of estrone or estradiol), progesterone, and sometimes testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and adrenal hormones.

During the years leading up to menopause, and then through this transition, a woman’s body produces less of these hormones (especially estrogen), which may lead to symptoms like fatigue, hot flashes/night sweats, vaginal dryness and thinning bones. 

Various hormone therapy products are used to overcome these symptoms, some of which have been approved by the FDA and Ministry of Health of Malaysia under compounding pharmacy. We only use compounding company that registered with Ministry of Health to do the compounding.

There are available by prescription through health care providers.

Form of BHRT

BHRT treatments include creams, lotions, injections, gels, sprats or tablets that have the goal of raising hormone levels back up to a more youthful state.

Examples of popular bioidentical hormone replacement therapy products now on the market include Estrace, Premphase, Prempro, Activara and Vivelle-Dot, just to name a few (there are dozens and even more that are not “bioidentical”).

Who Benefits from Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Wondering if this approach to managing symptoms associated with aging really works and if it’s necessary or even safe?

It is relevant to both men and women especially when you are above 35 years old.

Whether we like it or not, hormone levels then start to decline beginning around our mid-30s to early 40s and continue to remain at lower levels for the remainder of our lives.

This drop in hormones is natural and unavoidable in many ways, but we can still help control how rapidly or smoothly this change happens and how we adapt to its effects.

Hormone production increases during puberty and reaches a peak in healthy adults during their 20s and early 30s.

Commonly we heard that Hormone Replacement Therapy Women over the age of 35 — specifically those who feel run-down, prone to weight gain and out of other options when it comes to managing symptoms of menopause.

The current practice is using synthetic hormone, it is not bio-identical and potential danger is there but bio-identical do not induce any untoward bad effect unless the treatment is not with proper balance.

PMS Hormone replacement therapy is now a widely available treatment option that’s growing in popularity among women.

BHRT might help some adults transition through these changes more easily, but this doesn’t mean that hormone treatments are always necessary or the best and only solution.

Before we go further into the pros and cons of BHRT, let’s discuss who uses these treatments most often. What are some signs that your hormones are shifting and, therefore, that you might be a candidate for BHRT? These include:

Candidates for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Below are some symptoms and signs maybe you are the candidate for this therapy. BHRT is one of the best option and it may make a huge changes in health and quality of life.

The signs and symptoms include:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Prostate enlargement
  • Cholesterol imbalance
  • Easily falling asleep not at the right time such as fall asleep while driving
  • Abdominal obesity or truncal obesity
  • Too much insulin release to maintain blood sugar (hyperinsulinism)
  • Chronic srtess
  • Wake up in the morning with no mood and lazy or reduce motivation and enjoyment of what you needs and used to do
  • Wake up the morning but feels sleepy and not enough sleep whereas you already had long and enough sleep
  • Hair Loss
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Hypoglycemia or fluctuating blood sugar
  • Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
  • Infertility or reduce fertility
  • Irregular menstrual periods especially early (short cycle) onset of menstruation
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia – difficult to initiate sleeping or difficult to maintain sleep, early awakening and unable to sleep again
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Memory loss or deterioration
  • Mood swings
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Premenopausal bone loss
  • Prostate cancer (men only)
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
  • Uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Water retention, bloating
  • Zinc deficiency
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast lumps of fibroadenoma
  • hypothyroidism symptoms
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Depression with anxiety or agitation
  • Endometrial (uterine) cancer
  • Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs,
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive changes like brain fog, reduced concentration and trouble remembering
  • Feeling of no longer like “your real self” that you feel “those days” (at younger age)

The use of hormones to help control symptoms like fatigue, bloating, low sex drive and thinning hair is very controversial.

Some women swear by its beneficial effects, while others remain fearful of potential side effects.

Other consideration

BHRT is not a one and fit all solution.

In fact, lifestyle changes like exercising, good dietary habit, digestion, gut health, nutritional supplementation also require at the same time.

That being said, when other approaches for overcoming menopause or age-related symptoms are exhausted and have not provided relief, hormone replacement might be beneficial for some women.

Menstrual cycles gradually ending (irregular periods can continue for several years).

Things like nutrient deficiencies, a lack of sleep and high amounts of emotional stress can all disturb hormonal balance and raise inflammation well before menopause even takes place.

Therefore the root problems causing hormonal imbalances are properly addressed (poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, anxiety, etc.), then the unwanted symptoms should also dissolve, without the use of hormone therapy.

How can you know if your symptoms are related to hormonal changes or due to another health condition that should be treated first?

Experts recommend considering how your health and reaction to lifestyle habits have changed over time as you’ve gotten older.

For example, if you exercised and slept a certain amount during your 20s–30s and felt well, but during your late 40s suddenly you began feeling differently without changing your routine, then there’s a good chance that your symptoms are related to fluctuations in hormones like testosterone and estrogen.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the use of hormones to help resolve symptoms related to hormonal imbalance or decline in hormone production tied to aging.

Certain hormone treatments are called “bioidentical” or sometimes “natural” because the types of hormones used are chemically identical (according to molecular studies) to those produced by the human body.

Specific hormones that BHRT aims to increase or balance include those tied to reproduction and youth, such as estrogen (in the form of estrone or estradiol), progesterone, and sometimes testosteronedehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and adrenal hormones.

During the years leading up to menopause, and then through this transition, a woman’s body produces less of these hormones (especially estrogen), which may lead to symptoms like fatigue, hot flashes/night sweats, vaginal dryness and thinning bones. 

BHRT treatments include creams, lotions, injections, gels, sprats or tablets that have the goal of raising hormone levels back up to a more youthful state.

However, you maybe not a candidate for this treatment even if you have symptoms like above.

The best approach is detailed screening by doctor to ensure that you really need this treatment.

Experts recommend considering how your health and reaction to lifestyle habits have changed over time as you’ve gotten older.

For example, if you exercised and slept a certain amount during your 20s–30s and felt well, but during your late 40s suddenly you began feeling differently without changing your routine, then there’s a good chance that your symptoms are related to fluctuations in hormones like testosterone and estrogen.

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