Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a medical treatment that involves replacing hormones, typically estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in individuals, to alleviate symptoms of hormonal imbalances or manage certain medical conditions.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) involves using hormones that are chemically identical to those naturally produced by the body. These hormones, which can include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are typically derived from plant sources. BHRT is compounded or customized by a pharmacist to suit an individual's specific hormonal needs.
Potential Benefits include but are not limited to:
The safety of HRT has been a subject of extensive research and debate, particularly in the context of menopausal women. While many individuals, including doctors, are concerned about the risks associated with the use HRT, especially cancer risk, the data indicates otherwise.
Please read the article entitled, “Menopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy and
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The following presents the highlights of the above article:
At Institute for Healthy Aging, we require patients who are on BHRT to have their hormone levels checked at least every 4 months, requiring a minimum of 3 visits per year. These hormone level checks and patient visits help to ensure that you are receiving the optimal doses for both quality of life and safety.