Hormonal balance refers to the optimal and harmonious functioning of the endocrine system, ensuring that the levels of various hormones in the body are within a healthy range. The endocrine system consists of glands that produce hormones, which act as chemical messengers, regulating numerous physiological processes and maintaining homeostasis.
Maintaining a balance between estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone is crucial for overall health and well-being. Imbalances can lead to health issues like reproductive disorders, mood disturbances, and bone density problems.
What is Hormonal Imbalance?
Hormonal imbalance occurs when there is an abnormality in the levels of one or more hormones in the body. This imbalance can lead to various physiological and psychological symptoms, depending on the specific hormones involved and the degree of imbalance.
What Causes Hormonal Imbalance?
Addressing hormonal imbalance often involves lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, and, in some cases, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) under the guidance of healthcare professionals. Individualized treatment plans are essential, considering the specific hormones involved and the underlying causes of the imbalance.
Hormone levels naturally fluctuate and decline with age.
Conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or thyroid disorders can disrupt hormone balance.
Chronic stress can impact hormone production and balance.
Some medications may affect hormone levels.
Poor diet, lack of exercise, and inadequate sleep can contribute to hormonal imbalance.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy or BHRT is a type of HRT that uses hormones that are chemically identical to the hormones naturally produced by the body. BHRT is most commonly used to treat the symptoms of menopause, but it may also be used to treat other hormone imbalances such as low testosterone levels, adrenal insufficiency, and fibromyalgia.
BHRT works by replacing the hormones that the body is no longer producing or producing in sufficient quantities. This can help to improve the symptoms of hormone-related conditions and improve overall quality of life.
We believe that your treatment shouldn’t be dictated by insurance, and you deserve access to well-informed providers who are dedicated to educating their patients. At Serene IV Infusions and Wellness Lounge, we aim to provide you with the best available options so you can lead the life you deserve.
Benefits of BHRT Therapy
BHRT represents a rich source of health and wellness, catering to adults of all ages!
Menopausal symptom relief (such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings)
Improved sleep quality
Increased energy levels
Improved bone density
Reduced risk of osteoporosis
Improved cognitive function
Reduced risk of heart disease
Reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease
Our Therapy Services
BHRT is used to treat uncomfortable symptoms that present in perimenopausal or postmenopausal women. Here at Serene Wellness and Infusion Infusion, we understand that these symptoms present differently in each individual so our treatment plans are customized to each person’s needs.
People Who May Consider BHRT:
- Menopausal and Perimenopausal Women:
BHRT is often considered by women experiencing symptoms related to menopause or perimenopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Estrogen and progesterone are commonly addressed in BHRT for menopausal symptoms.
- Individuals with Hormonal Imbalances:
People experiencing hormonal imbalances, which can occur due to conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or thyroid disorders, may explore BHRT as a potential treatment option.
- Those with Low Testosterone Levels:
Men with low testosterone levels, a condition known as hypogonadism, may consider testosterone replacement therapy, which can include bioidentical forms of testosterone.
- Individuals with Adrenal Fatigue:
Adrenal fatigue, a term used to describe a collection of symptoms such as fatigue, mood swings, and difficulty handling stress, is sometimes associated with imbalances in cortisol and other hormones. Some proponents of BHRT argue that it may help address these imbalances.
- People Seeking Individualized Hormone Therapy:
BHRT is often promoted as a more personalized approach to hormone therapy. Proponents argue that it allows for customization based on individual hormone levels, potentially leading to more effective symptom relief.
Considerations and Risks
- Lack of Long-term Studies: Long-term safety and efficacy studies on BHRT are limited compared to traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
- Regulation and Standardization: BHRT is often compounded on an individual basis, leading to concerns about consistency, dosage accuracy, and the lack of standardized formulations.
- Side Effects: While proponents argue for fewer side effects, the safety and potential side effects of BHRT are still under investigation.
- Consultation with Healthcare Providers: BHRT should be approached with caution, and individuals considering this therapy should consult with healthcare professionals to discuss individual health risks and benefits.
- Patient Monitoring: Regular monitoring of hormone levels and overall health is essential to ensure that the treatment remains appropriate and effective.
It’s crucial for individuals considering BHRT to make informed decisions in consultation with healthcare providers, weighing the potential benefits against the uncertainties and risks associated with this therapy.
How does BHRT work?
Who is a good candidate for BHRT?
- People with other hormone-related conditions such as adrenal insufficiency or fibromyalgia.
- People experiencing symptoms of menopause, andropause, low testosterone, or thyroid disorders.
- Women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Those who do not have a history of certain medical conditions, such as breast cancer, blood clots, or liver disease.
What is the difference between BHRT and conventional HRT?
Conventional HRT uses synthetic hormones that are not chemically identical to the hormones naturally produced by the body. Synthetic hormones can have different effects on the body than bioidentical hormones.
What are the risks of BHRT?
- Increased risk of blood clots
- Increased risk of stroke
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Increased risk of breast cancer
- Liver damage
- Gallbladder problems
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
- Vaginal spotting or bleeding