Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Both women and men considering hormone replacement therapy at our clinics in Baton Rouge and Metairie can benefit from bioidentical hormones. Men with symptoms associated with low testosterone levels and women entering menopause are excellent candidates for the individualized therapy. Overseen by our extensively trained medical professionals, this therapy is available to people from throughout the New Orleans area, Shreveport, LA, and Jackson, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg, MS.

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are identical to human hormones in their molecular structure and are not synthesized in a lab. Your body treats and processes bioidentical hormones the same way that it treats naturally occurring hormones. Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones can be customized for a specific person.

How Much Does HRT Cost in Louisiana & Mississippi?

Your cost for hormone replacement therapy will be based on your specific treatment needs. To make HRT accessible for most patients, we offer affordable subscription plans. Our average HRT subscription plan costs $150 per month and includes medications, provider consults, all lab work, and more. You can learn more about the cost of hormone replacement therapy at Rejuvime and get answers to commonly asked questions on a related page.

Are Bioidentical Hormones Better Than Synthetic Hormones?

All the hormones we use for replacement therapy come from compounding pharmacies, where the hormones are custom-made for a patient according to the specifications we provide. This occurs with both bioidentical and synthetic hormones. Injectable testosterone used for hormone replacement therapy is always synthetic. You can learn more about the benefits and safety of bioidentical and synthetic hormones in our related blog post

Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Better Than Other HRT Options?

The biggest difference between bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and more traditional HRT is that BHRT hormones are custom-made specifically for the patient’s needs at a compounding pharmacy. The best treatment will depend on each individual’s unique situation and concerns, so a consultation is needed to establish the right therapy approach. 

Bioidentical Hormones Offered at Rejuvime Medical

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Estrogen

Estrogen is instrumental in helping women with menopause symptoms. Before menopause—a phase called perimenopause—estrogen levels plummet to approximately one-tenth of what they were when women are in their 20s. These lower hormone levels not only trigger menopause, but they also can contribute to loss of bone density, an increased risk of heart disease, decreased libido, mood swings, weight gain, and migraine headaches. Using synthetic hormones (non-bioidentical) to replace this estrogen has been associated with negative consequences. The development of bioidentical hormones, which we offer at Rejuvime, provides women with another option.

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Progesterone

Progesterone is an important hormone for both men and women in different contexts.

Women produce progesterone in the ovaries, and it performs various functions (such as helping to maintain pregnancy). For anti-aging hormone replacement therapy, women must combine their estrogen intake with progesterone in order to counterbalance the effects of estrogen on the ovaries. Estrogen alone stimulates the growth of the ovary lining, which may contribute to an increased risk of cancer.**

Progesterone is a precursor hormone for testosterone in men. Precursor means that the body transforms progesterone into testosterone. In other words, progesterone is a necessary building block for testosterone, and having enough of it in your system can help combat a deficiency when your body is seeking to build more testosterone hormones.**

Testosterone

Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone in both men and women, even though men have a greater quantity. It’s the male sex hormone, and it contributes to having a deep voice, facial hair, and broad shoulders. Proper testosterone levels can also help a person feel more energetic, have reduced body fat, and enjoy an overall feeling of well-being. Testosterone levels fall drastically as men age, and replacing this testosterone with bioidentical hormone testosterone can be a welcome relief for many of the symptoms of aging.**

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DHEA

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a precursor to both estrogen and testosterone, meaning the body uses DHEA as a building block for your sex hormones. We’ve found that boosting DHEA levels can help increase the end-result hormones that may be deficient. At Rejuvime, we may recommend taking DHEA in addition to estrogen or testosterone, which will allow the body to make its own estrogen or testosterone. DHEA also boosts muscle, which helps you look toned and at your best and enjoy greater strength.**

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Do I Need Bioidentical Hormones?

During your initial consultation at Rejuvime Medical, we help determine if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help. In general, men and women age 30 or older who are experiencing any of the following symptoms may benefit from hormone replacement therapy*:

  • Weight gain
  • Limited energy
  • Hair loss
  • Mood swings
  • Sleeplessness
  • Poor concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Low sex drive
  • Memory loss

Of course, there may be other underlying causes for any of the above symptoms, and it’s important to schedule a physical with a primary care doctor to rule out other medical conditions.

Is BHRT Safe?

Each type of hormone used in replacement therapy has its benefits and risks. However, hormone replacement therapy is often considered safe for women and men in certain circumstances when those benefits and risks are carefully considered. HRT is not suitable for some people, so our hormone specialists will talk with each patient about their health history before recommending a treatment path.

FAQs

Does HRT make you gain weight?

Weight gain is a side effect experienced by some patients. However, the weight gain is often the result of an increase in muscle mass and bone density. These are positive side effects that are usually seen more often in men than women.

Does HRT help you look younger?

Both estrogen and testosterone replacement therapy can help minimize signs of aging by improving skin hydration, elasticity, and thickness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles—all benefits that may help you look more youthful.

Does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy really work?

Yes, BHRT is effective for many people. Your results depend on your symptoms and health history. Our hormone specialists also adjust the dosages if necessary to ensure you’re getting the best possible outcome.

Are there any differences between HRT and bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are plant-derived and more closely mimic our bodies’ naturally produced hormones than synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones have a chemical structure that may be similar to hormones produced by the body, but they are not exactly the same. Bioidentical hormones are structurally identical to the hormones your own body produces.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t get HRT?

Ensuring you’re a good candidate for HRT is the first step our specialists take at Rejuvime Medical. That includes getting a detailed health history. Anyone whose endocrine system isn’t fully developed or who doesn’t experience symptoms of hormone deficiency should not get HRT. Also, people with certain medical conditions, such as a history of cancer, are not good candidates for HRT. Completing our patient questionnaire can help determine if HRT is right for you.

Are there any natural ways to increase testosterone or estrogen?

Certain lifestyle and dietary choices can help boost the production of testosterone or estrogen. For example, some of the best exercises for increasing testosterone levels and encouraging weight loss combine both cardio workouts and weightlifting.  Getting enough sleep, reducing stress, and consuming a nutritious diet are all linked to having balanced hormone levels.

What Can I Expect?

When you come to Rejuvime, our process includes:

  • Physician lab review, assessment, and treatment plan
  • Ongoing physician monitored Testosterone Restoration (TRT)
  • Supplements to go along with treatment
  • Additional services to add to your treatment: Injectable amino acids and vitamins
  • At-home delivery from the compounding pharmacy that we use

People concerned about age-related health issues travel to Rejuvime Medical for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy from Lafayette, LA, and throughout the state. If you’re concerned about your health and believe it may be related to hormone levels, you can get more information about your treatment options by requesting a consultation at one of our 3 locations or calling our offices to schedule an appointment.

Hormone Replacement Therapy:Boost Your Performance

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Losing your edge at the gym? It could be due to declining hormone levels. Whether you're a man or woman, hormone replacement therapy at Rejuvime Medical can help you regain stamina and strength.

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