What is BHRT?
BHRT, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, uses man-made bioidentical hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those already found in the human body. Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are all hormones that can be used in treatment. BHRT for men and women come in a variety of forms, such as:
BHRT can be given to men and women for a hormone imbalance. BHRT can also be used to alleviate symptoms of cancer treatment or to treat conditions like:
- Insulin resistance
- Adrenal and thyroid disorders
What does BHRT consist of?
Some bioidentical hormone products are created by drug companies, and others are custom-made by a compounding pharmacy, such as Pharmaca. Compounding typically involves ingredients being combined or altered to meet the needs of an individual.
BHRT for men
BHRT for men is used to treat hormonal imbalance in older men, and can result in a wide range of benefits, including increased energy, muscle mass and strength, weight loss and sexual function.
There are many reasons men consider the option of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in order to correct a hormonal imbalance. Recent research has shown BHRT is a safe and effective alternative to other forms of HRT for men. It also has the added benefit of having a positive effect on men’s health.
Men who have used bioidentical hormone therapy have seen improvements such as:
- More energy
- Reduced body fat
- Improved mood
- Reduced anxiety
- Increased muscular strength
- Boosted sexual performance
- Maintenance of lean body mass
BHRT for men is a common practice to cope with aging, and male BHRT can help certain men feel like themselves again. It can also help men who have always suffered from unbalanced hormones feel like themselves for the first time. Male hormone replacement may also be able to lower the severity as well as risk of ailments not directly associated with reproductive symptoms.
BHRT for men can be prescribed in the form of patches, creams, pills or implantable pellets. These treatments contain testosterone and can help alleviate many emotional, reproductive and non-reproductive symptoms that come with growing older.
When is BHRT for men most beneficial?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for men can help when hormones are out of balance at any time or just about any age. If you think BHRT might be right for you, Pharmaca has compounding experts that can work with your health care provider to tailor BHRT medicines to your specific needs.
BHRT for women
Hormones affect many areas of women’s health, including mood, metabolism and sexual and reproductive functions. If a women’s hormones become unbalanced, either from menopause or other factors, women may look to HRT to try and feel like themselves again.
BHRT for women can be used to treat a variety of conditions that women of all ages may experience, including:
- Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Post-partum depression
- Weight gain
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Sleep disturbances
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Decreased libido
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
These kinds of conditions affect millions of women with a variety of issues that do not always have a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Compounding allows Pharmaca to create customized medications for men and women experiencing a variety of issues, including BHRT for hormone imbalances. The advantage of compounded HRT is that it can be adapted specifically to fit each individual’s body and hormone levels.
Working closely with a woman and her health care provider, a compounding pharmacist can help start and maintain a hormone replacement regimen to restore hormone imbalances. With a health care provider’s prescription, the compounding pharmacist can prepare hormones in a variety of strengths and dosage forms, including:
- Topical or vaginal creams and gels
- Sublingual lozenges (troches) or drops
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