Both men and women experience physical and emotional changes as we age. Many of the struggles we endure relate to changes in our hormones — and men aren’t immune from these ups and downs!
If you’re struggling with life-changing symptoms and want to feel more like your old self, the team at Tim Martin MD in Abilene, Texas, can help. Our care providers, led by Dr. Tim Martin, offer bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) to men and women looking to ease age-related symptoms and get back to living a vibrant life.
Keep reading to learn more about BHRT and several important benefits it brings.
What is bioidentical hormone therapy?
Both men and women experience hormonal fluctuations throughout their life. Most people think about the tumultuous teen years, pregnancy, and menopause as periods when our hormones shift, but levels can change at any time.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses hormones from natural plant compounds, like wild yams, to replace or balance your imbalanced hormones. These bioidentical hormones function the same way as your natural hormones.
Dr. Martin or your provider checks your hormones using a blood or saliva test to custom design a BHRT plan for you. Depending on your needs, you can receive BHRT through pills, creams, or sublingual tablets.
What are the benefits of BHRT?
At Tim Martin MD, our providers want you to experience the best in life at every age. BHRT is a great way to achieve this. Here’s a closer look at four important benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
1. BHRT is safe and effective
Some myths around traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) exist, touting a link with an increased risk for heart disease and cancer. Scientists, however, doubt the link between HRT and these conditions since some participants in the studies had poor health before starting HRT.
BHRT is nothing like conventional HRT. Conventional HRT uses synthetic hormones, but BHRT uses plant sources that mimic the structure of human hormones. Because BHRT is “bioidentical” to human hormones, your body tolerates them well, making them a safe and effective treatment.
2. BHRT are made from natural ingredients
The primary components in BHRT are plant hormones that mimic human hormones in all ways. In other words, using these all-natural ingredients, scientists offer hormone replacement with hormones chemically identical to those your body naturally produces.
3. BHRT treats all symptoms of menopause… and more!
Perimenopausal and menopausal women often seek hormone replacement therapy to help combat the symptoms associated with this time of life. Two of the biggest complaints are night flashes and hot flashes, which can last for as long as 11 years.
BHRT can eliminate or reduce these frustrating symptoms. And with BHRT, you’ll notice improvement in other menopausal symptoms, including:
- Weight gain
- Problems sleeping
- Painful intercourse
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Decreased interest in sex
That isn’t all! When BHRT works optimally, you’ll notice other benefits and improvements, including:
- Healthier skin
- Reversal of hair loss
- More energy
- Improved sense of wellbeing
- No more brain fog
At Tim Martin MD, we evaluate your progress regularly to make sure your BHRT is delivering the benefits you wanted and that you’re responding well to the treatment. Depending on your needs and symptoms, your provider adjusts the components or dosage of your BHRT.
4. Men can use BHRT, too
Though often overlooked in popular culture, men often experience a drop in testosterone around the time women go through menopause. This change, called andropause, can cause frustrating symptoms, including:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Low energy
- Enlarged breast tissue
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy addresses these symptoms, and studies show many positive effects for men’s health.