If you’ve been struggling with symptoms of peri-menopause, menopause, or andropause (male menopause), your physician may suggest you seek relief with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT.) When you start, you will first undergo a physical exam and extensive lab tests to measure your hormone levels. If you suffer from a deficiency or imbalance, your doctor will determine the correct dosage of BHRT and help you decide how it would be best administered, either through pills, creams or pellet implants.
Once treatment has begun, you can expect to see a diminishing of your symptoms and improvement in your overall well-being within a few weeks. Full results are usually achieved within three to six months.
BHRT Delivers Life-Changing Results
BHRT can improve the quality of life for both men and women. Many report:
- An increase in energy
- Fewer mood swings
- Improved sex drive
- Better quality sleep
- Improved memory
- Weight loss
Of course, some patients do report side effects, especially when they are first undergoing treatment. Common side effects can include:
- Blurred vision
- Spotting and cramping
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Redness at the site of injection or application
Should you experience severe side effects, you should contact your medical professional. They may adjust your dosage or change treatment form.
Preparing for Your BHRT Treatment
If you believe you could benefit from BHRT, you should contact a medical professional who specializes in the treatment of hormonal imbalances. You can prepare for your appointment by:
- Tracking your symptoms: List your symptoms, how often and when they occur, as well as their severity.
- Listing your medications: Include any prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, as well as supplements, dosage and how often you take them.
- Preparing questions: Write down questions before your appointment and bring a notebook to record answers. This will give you the information you require and help you assess your options after your appointment to make the most informed decision possible.