Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy doctor, Harlan Bieley, M.D., M.S. at Healthy Living and Longevity Medical Center, is devoted to educating patients from Palm Beach to Boca Raton on their hormone health, and helping them decide whether bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the right choice for them.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical hormones have served as valuable substitutes for human hormones since the 1930s. Chemically identical to human hormones, bioidentical hormones can help women and men suffering from hormone deficiencies, dominances, or imbalances correct their hormone levels and escape the symptoms of imbalanced hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a unique form of hormone therapy that greatly differs from other forms of hormone replacement.
Some of the unique benefits BHRT provides include:
Earlier forms of hormone replacement only offered a single dose of a hormone for all types of imbalances or deficiencies. This one-size-fits-all approach is completely opposite to the customized approach used with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Exact levels of hormones are provided to fit patients’ unique deficits or imbalances. This allows men and women to precisely optimize their hormone levels instead of receiving excessive or insufficient amounts of a hormone.
Identical to human hormones, bioidentical hormones are easily taken into the body, recognized, accepted, and used. Bioidentical hormones fit into a cell receptor site much like a key fits into a lock, unlike hormones that are not identical to human hormones. Non-identical hormones may only be partially recognized in the body, causing them to attach to the wrong cell receptor sites and blocking those sites from the body’s own natural hormones.
Few to No Side Effects
Because bioidentical hormones exactly match the hormones naturally produced in the body, bioidentical hormones function the same way that human hormones do. This quality, and the use of proper dosages, can prevent the common side effects of non-identical hormones, such as bloating, water retention, headaches, and fatigue.
Bioidentical hormones are often synthesized from soy or yam products, unlike other forms of hormones that are taken from animals. Hormones from animals are not identical to the hormones in the human body, and they can cause a number of adverse side-effects.
Because the body is comprised of numerous hormones, all hormone levels should be checked before beginning a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy program. Intricately woven together, imbalances in one hormone will inevitably affect another. Dr. Bieley will determine any hormone deficiencies and imbalances you may currently be experiencing.