When men and women start getting older, many turn to hormone therapy to help them look and feel younger again. Hormone therapy has been especially helpful in treating the symptoms of menopause in women, including hot flashes and fatigue.
It used to be that all hormone therapy utilized synthetic hormones. Though synthetic hormones are approved and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many studies have shown that they increase the risk of heart disease and many different types of cancer. Luckily, today, there is an alternative to synthetic hormones, and they are bioidentical hormones.
How Are Bioidentical Hormones Different From Synthetic Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are derived naturally from plants, like soy and yams, and each regimen of bioidentical hormones is designed specifically for the patient. Synthetic hormones, on the other hand, are derived from animals, and they are more of a one-size-fits-all approach to hormone therapy because they are mass-produced. Additionally, bioidentical hormones are specifically designed to replace the hormones that your body naturally makes, which also makes them easier for your body to metabolize properly than synthetic hormones.
Are Bioidentical Hormones Safer Than Synthetic Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are naturally derived, and although research is limited, the studies that are available have shown that they are safer than synthetic hormones. However, that doesn’t mean that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the right option for every individual. Hormone therapy, regardless of how natural or safe it may be for most people, isn’t right for everyone. That’s why you should talk to your doctor if you are considering hormone therapy.
Discussing BHRT With Your Doctor
If you’re not sure how to start the conversation with your provider, we recommend making a list of your questions and taking it with you to your visit. We offer a few suggestions for questions in our related blog post.
Our 3-Step Process: Testing, Treatment, Monitoring
At Rejuvime Medical, we use a 3-step process to evaluate your needs and develop a plan to address them. Before you start your bioidentical hormone regimen, you will meet first with one of our experienced nurses for a blood draw and an overview of treatment options. Next, you’ll meet with a nurse practitioner who will review your blood work results and discuss your symptoms so that we can determine if it is the right option for your health and your goals.
Our main priority is to find a service for you that is not only effective but safe. Once you begin your customized treatment, we monitor your progress so we can make any necessary adjustments along the way.
We are proud to offer a variety of services in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Slidell, and Metairie to help you look and feel younger, more rejuvenated, and more energized. Bioidentical hormone therapy is just one of the many services we provide, and when you turn to our anti-aging professionals, you’ll get the help you need to truly defy your age.
Take the first step towards looking and feeling like a younger, more vibrant you by scheduling your appointment with us at Rejuvime Medical today. You can use our online form to request a consultation or give us a call at our offices.