What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

what is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

Everyone has hormones so that means that everyone can suffer from a hormone imbalance—even men! In fact, it’s a relatively common occurrence, but many men ignore the signs and symptoms. Some just learn to live with them and accept their new normal. 

However, there’s no reason to let hormones get in the way of enjoying life. Hormone therapy is a perfect solution for many men who suffer from low testosterone or another form of hormone imbalance. Specifically, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been shown to transform the lives of countless men. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of hormone therapy.

Symptoms that Indicate a Hormone Imbalance in Men

Throughout the course of a man’s life, hormone levels will change several times, but the fact is that around middle age, testosterone levels peak and then start to decline. As a result, symptoms of an imbalance are usually more frequent and intense at this state in a man’s life.

This doesn’t mean that hormone imbalances are limited to older men. Anyone can experience an imbalance of hormones at any point. Low testosterone just happens to have the biggest effect. In fact, low testosterone and hormonal imbalances can impact a man’s health and quality of life through symptoms like:

  • Increased Irritability
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Hair Loss
  • Urinary Problems
  • Memory Loss
  • Gynecomastia
  • Weight Gain
  • Muscle Loss
  • Lower Sex Drive
  • Sleep Problems
  • And More!

It’s important to note, however, these symptoms do not guarantee that a man has a hormonal imbalance. They could be signs of another health issue, so it’s important that men with any of these symptoms have their hormone levels assessed by an advanced laboratory. A doctor or other qualified medical professional can help with this diagnosis.

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy dates first came on the scene in the 1930s, but it wasn’t until recent decades that it finally gained popularity as a form of hormone therapy. Today, it is the preferred treatment for men with hormonal imbalances, but it can help women achieve balance as well.

The therapy gets the name “bioidentical” because the hormones are an exact match to endogenous human hormones. They are compounded and derived from naturally occurring sources, so there is a reduced risk of side effects and an increase in effectiveness. 

Since bioidentical hormones are created in a lab as tailored prescriptions, they cannot be mass-produced into a general prescription. Instead, each dose is made to the exact strength and dosage that your practitioner prescribes. This is done under guidelines established by the FDA.

Today, this hormone replacement therapy is available in several different forms, including: 

  • Pellets
  • Patches
  • Creams
  • Pills
  • Injections

Reasons Men Are Using Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

This form of hormone replacement therapy has become popular because of the many benefits it offers to men with hormonal imbalances. In addition to resolving many of the symptoms mentioned earlier, restoring testosterone levels can also reduce a man’s risk of both heart attack and stroke. 

That’s not all!

Studies have also found that men with adequate levels of testosterone are able to maintain a healthy weight more easily, and they have higher energy levels. Other documented benefits include enhanced sexual performance and desire as well as better bone density. Patients can also expect to see benefits like:  

  • Reduced body fat
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Improved mood
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Maintenance of lean body mass

Potential Side Effects of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

When compared to other forms of hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormones have a much lower risk of side effects. However, there is no drug, supplement, herb, or treatment that is 100% safe for every individual, so there are a few side effects that patients should be aware of, such as:

  • Increase in acne or oily skin
  • Decrease in sperm count
  • Decrease in testicular size
  • Increase in red blood cell count
  • Mild increase in fluid retention

As with any treatment, the key to carefully managing these potential side effects is to work with a trusted medical professional who specializes in hormone replacement therapy. They can ensure that you are getting the best dosage and look out for signs of an adverse reaction. 

Find out More About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy at Infinite Wellness Center

Fortunately, men in the Glen Carbon area don’t have to look far to find a team they can trust with their bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The staff at Infinite Wellness Center is committed to providing all patients with the highest quality care to resolve their hormonal imbalances. Call today to schedule a new patient appointment or to learn more about this treatment option.

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