Mention the word hormones and most of us tend to think of the effects these chemicals have on reproduction and periods. But the fact is, hormones play a major role in regulating many other processes that can have a direct bearing on our overall health and wellness. When hormone levels decline during menopause or as a result of other underlying issues like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the effects can take a big toll on your health and well-being, as well as your quality of life.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been used for decades to help normalize hormone levels and reduce troublesome symptoms. Unfortunately, the hormones used in traditional hormone replacement therapy came with their own side effects, some of which were quite serious. More recently, HRT with bioidentical hormones has taken the place of traditional HRT, helping women get the benefits of HRT without the potential risks and harmful side effects.
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are synthetic (lab-created) hormones that have the same chemical structure as the hormones your body produces naturally. That means your body processes them the same way it processes your natural hormones, and it also eliminates them from your body in the same way. In traditional hormone therapy, chemical differences between the synthetic and natural hormones made it difficult for the body to get rid of excess hormones. As a result, hormone levels “built up,” increasing the risk of serious side effects. Because bioidentical hormones are “recognized” as natural hormones, they’re excreted normally, avoiding the build-up that can cause problems.
Like traditional HRT, therapy with bioidentical hormones can be very effective in treating an array of hormone-related issues. These are just five of the biggest benefits you could experience:
1. Menopause symptoms are affecting your life
Menopause can cause a lot of unpleasant symptoms, like hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood changes, and even weight gain. With HRT, Dr. Krinsky can prescribe a course of therapy that’s optimized to relieve the symptoms you’re experiencing so you can feel more comfortable and more “normal” during menopause and perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause).
2. You have zero interest in intimacy
Loss of interest in sex and intimacy is a major symptom for a lot of women during menopause and even in the years leading up to menopause. By normalizing your hormone levels, you can maintain an interest in intimacy — which is good news for both you and your partner.
3. You’re feeling super tired and worn out
Lower-than-normal hormone levels can be a major cause of nonspecific symptoms, including feeling tired, worn out, and just disinterested in activities — in short, feeling “out of sorts.” Plus, low hormone levels can also interfere with your ability to get good, restful sleep.
4. You’re at risk for developing osteoporosis
Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones,” and it’s especially common among older women whose estrogen levels have plummeted as a result of menopause. Even if you haven’t shown symptoms of osteoporosis, if you have a family history of the disease, you’re probably also at much greater risk. HRT can replace lost estrogen to help keep your bones healthy and strong.
5. You’re having problems concentrating
Sometimes referred to as “brain fog,” inability to focus and concentrate is a common side effect of hormone imbalances, especially during menopause. HRT can provide your brain with the chemicals it needs to “work” the way it’s supposed to.
Learn more about bioidentical HRT — and how it can help you
Because hormones play a big role in so many processes and functions, this list of benefits is just the beginning. The best way to know if bioidentical HRT can help you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Krinsky to discuss your symptoms and learn if HRT is a good choice. At Andrew H Krinsky MD Gynecology, we use the most advanced approaches to HRT to ensure every woman gets the treatment she needs based on her specific symptoms and goals. To find out more about HRT with bioidentical hormones, book an appointment online today.
Promo: Hormones affect our lives and our bodies in a surprising number of ways. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help you normalize your hormone levels so you feel better — and more like yourself. Here’s how HRT with bioidentical hormones could help you.
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