Hormones are chemicals produced by our bodies that control almost every task we perform, from mental capabilities to growth to sexual functions. As we age, our bodies’ hormone production declines, and this can negatively impact our quality of life.
That doesn’t have to be permanent. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a treatment that could dramatically improve your daily life if you suffer from hormone changes. It could replace your naturally occurring hormones and rejuvenate you. At True Balance Longevity Med Spa, Dr. Ron Brown has offered BHRT in Edmonton for more than a decade. Here are six of the most frequently asked questions about the treatment.
What Are the Symptoms of Hormone Loss?
In men and women, hormone loss can lead to issues such as:
- Weight gain
- Increased body fat
- Loss of muscle mass
These conditions often appear with menopause and andropause, the age-related decline in male testosterone. They may be caused by shortages of hormones such as:
- Thyroid and adrenal hormones
How Can BHRT Treat Symptoms of Hormone Loss?
Your therapy will be tailored to you based on your symptoms, goals, and hormonal needs. After a consultation and blood test to determine your treatment plan, pharmacists will create a hormone with components and dosages customized to your requirements. Your BHRT may come in an oral, cream, gel, or patch form.
The hormone replacement you’ll take is identical to natural human hormones. This helps your therapy treat the causes of your symptoms, not just the symptoms themselves. Because your treatment is customized, as well, your dosage can be adjusted as needed.
How Long Does BHRT Take to Work?
You should see improvement within the first two to three weeks of starting therapy. The full effects may take up to eight weeks.
This is because Dr. Brown tries to achieve hormonal balance using the lowest possible dose of each hormone that meets your needs.
Can I Shower if I Use a Topical BHRT Treatment?
That depends on the type of treatment you’re prescribed. If you’re wearing a patch, you’ll be able to shower without issue while wearing it. Creams and gels should be applied after you get out of the shower.
During your BHRT consultation, Dr. Brown will discuss your specific goals and symptoms. He’ll design your therapy, and how it’s administered, based on your needs.
What are the Benefits of BHRT?
The ways BHRT can improve your life include:
- Tighter focus and concentration
- Improved mood and outlook on life
- Better blood sugar balance
- Enriched prostate health
- Healthier cholesterol levels
- More muscle mass
- Greater libido and sexual performance
- Enhanced quality of sleep
How is BHRT Different from Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) treats the same symptoms and has the same goals as BHRT. The difference is that HRT uses synthetic hormones. Although both synthetic and bioidentical hormones are created in labs, bioidentical hormones are designed to match your natural hormones down to the last molecule.
Synthetic hormones are not identical to the ones your body produces. They often have extra molecules or covalent bonds added during production so they can be patented. Because of these extraneous molecules, your body may struggle to metabolize synthetic hormones. Dr. Brown strongly believes that BHRT is a safer and more effective treatment for these reasons.
Schedule Your Edmonton BHRT Consultation Today
Dr. Brown is one of Canada’s leading BHRT providers. He has performed the treatment since 2007 and has seen firsthand the positive impact it can have on his patients’ daily lives. You deserve to live fully as you age.
If you think you may suffer from a hormone issue, contact True Balance Longevity Med Spa at one of our Edmonton locations:
St. Albert: (587) 507-4632