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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

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We often assume that weight gain, fatigue, and mood swings are a natural part of aging, but the truth is that they don’t have to be! Our hormonal systems are responsible for many different aspects of day-to-day function and when hormones are out of balance, it can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can correct hormone levels to restore your hormonal balance to give you back control of your health and allow you to feel more youthful.

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Hormone Balancing in Menifee, San Marcos, Murrieta and Temecula

The majority of diseases and symptoms associated with aging are not natural to the human body. Rather, they are a form of “pathologic aging” that results from unhealthy choices and environmental stressors that cause hormone imbalance. A comprehensive anti-aging strategy that includes hormone balancing can give you vitality and a higher quality of life. The BHRT specialists at Before-N-After can provide a customized hormone balancing plan to target your specific symptoms.

What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure to the hormones that your body manufactures. Bioidentical hormones, sometimes called “natural hormone replacement” are produced by a compounding pharmacy for an individual patient, instead of mass produced by a large pharmaceutical company. A few examples of bio-identical hormones include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, and DHEA. BHRT may be administered as a pill or as a topical gel or cream.

Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a key component to youthful aging.  Potential benefits of BHRT include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Better sleep
  • Improved immune function
  • Enhanced libido and sexual function
  • Decrease in anxiety and mood swings
  • Improved strength
  • Better health overall

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Compounded Bioidentical Hormones For Menopause or Male Testosterone Decline

Compounded bioidentical hormones have been especially beneficial for women’s health, as menopausal hormone therapy is recommended by an increasing number of health care providers. BHRT may also help perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Additionally, men also go through age-related hormonal changes and can also benefit from compounded hormones. 

Symptoms of menopause or perimenopause that may be associated with hormone imbalance include: brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, night sweats, weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and decreased libido.

Male testosterone declines with aging and is known as andropause. Symptoms of andropause include central weight gain (beer belly), decreased libido, anxiety, fatigue, and muscle loss.

Candidates for Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

If you suffer from menopausal symptoms or other hormonal imbalance, you may be a candidate for BHRT. Our specialists will use your comprehensive medical history, physical exam, and lab results to develop a personalized bioidentical hormone regimen to alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions About BHRT

  • What are the differences between bioidentical and synthetic hormones?

    Synthetic hormones are produced by large pharmaceutical companies after they have obtained a chemical hormone patent. Synthetic hormones do not have the same chemical structure as the hormones that your body produces and are typically associated with increased side effects.1 Since bioidentical hormone therapy is custom-made for each individual patient, it cannot be patented.
  • Will my BHRT provider become my primary care physician?

    Your Before-N-After physician concentrates on optimizing your bio-identical hormone balance and overall wellness to include recommendations to optimize nutrition, exercise, and supplements. We complement, rather than replace, your primary care physician. \We are happy to communicate your bioidentical hormone and wellness plan with your primary care physician.
  • What can I expect as a patient?

    You will experience personalized healthcare in an open friendly environment. The process to optimize your health includes a comprehensive medical history, physical exam, and lab testing. An individual plan is created for you to address your symptoms and concerns. As you progress, your Before-N-After physician will arrange follow up lab testing and make adjustments to achieve hormone balance and optimize your well being.
  • When will I see results?

    Each patient has a unique hormonal makeup, so results can vary depending on the severity of your hormone imbalance. Typically patients see an improvement and begin to feel better after several weeks of treatment. Our team will work with you and provide testing to adjust your BHRT prescription as needed to ensure you get optimal results.

1  Holtorf, K. The bioidentical hormone debate: are bioidentical hormones (estradiol, estriol, progesterone) safer or more efficacious than commonly used synthetic versions in hormone replacement therapy? Postgraduate Medicine. 2009; 121(1): 1-13

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