When we think about hormones, we probably think of the wild ups and downs of puberty, the competitive spirit of testosterone, or the mood swings of fading oestrogen. These are just two of the many chemical messengers our body produces to regulate our systems throughout our lives. Imbalances in any of these hormones can have a negative impact on our physical, emotional, and psychological health.
Bioidentical hormones are synthetic hormones similar to those produced by the human body. They are used to treat people who have low or imbalanced hormone levels. Though patients benefit from bioidentical hormones, the treatment is not without dangers.
Bioidentical hormones are typically derived from plant substances. After processing, the plant-based hormone’s structure is believed to be identical to the oestrogen, progesterone, or androgen hormone produced by your body. Some bioidentical estrogens and progesterones are widely given by doctors and commercially available.
Your doctor may also prescribe a custom-made BHRT. This means that the product will be created by a specialized pharmacy (a compounding pharmacy) specifically for you. It can take the form of a capsule, cream, or gel, a pill to dissolve under your tongue, a suppository, or a nasal spray.
BHRT is commonly used as people age, and their hormone levels decline, notably in women in perimenopause or menopause. It is used to boost hormone levels that have fallen and to alleviate moderate to severe menopausal symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood changes
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
- Sleep issues
- Loss of interest in sex or pain during sex
In addition to alleviating symptoms, hormone replacement therapy may lower your risk of diabetes, tooth loss, and cataracts. There’s evidence that it helps improve skin thickness, hydration, suppleness, and even wrinkle reduction.
Contact us today if you are looking for one of the best compounded BHRT in Toronto.