The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapies
Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are three essential hormones that are naturally produced by women and men to keep the body functioning properly. As you age, however, your levels of these hormones begin to decrease, resulting in symptoms like hot flashes and joint pain in women, and erectile dysfunction and loss of sex drive in men among many other symptoms. Fortunately, Bioidentical Hormone Therapy uses hormones that can be custom-tailored to your body’s needs, providing you with more effective treatment than traditional hormone replacement therapies while also protecting your health against negative side effects of traditional HRT.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, How Does it Work?
Bioidentical hormone therapy is a treatment that uses hormones that are identical to the ones produced in the human body. The hormones used in this type of therapy are originally derived from plants, which are then altered so that they are identical to human hormones. The body knows exactly what to do with these hormones in contrast to synthetic hormones which the body sees as foreign, which often caused a lot of side effects and health risks. Additionally, bioidentical hormones are often prescribed in small doses so that if there are any problems, they can be easily reversed. Bioidentical hormone therapy works by replenishing levels of hormones in the body to healthier more optimal levels.
This type of therapy is customized to each individual patient, as each person’s hormone levels will vary. Bioidentical hormone therapy can provide many benefits, including relief from symptoms associated with menopause and other conditions. If you think this type of therapy may be right for you, talk to Swiftwater Integrative Medicine about whether it is an option for you. With this form of treatment, patients typically see some improvement within two weeks or less.
What Happens During a Consultation at Swiftwater Integrative Medicine?
During a consultation with a hormone specialist, your medical history will be reviewed along with any symptoms you may be experiencing. Lab tests will be ordered to assess your hormone levels, we usually do this with blood or urine tests. A specific treatment plan will be created for you utilizing this information. This may include bioidentical hormone therapy, which is a safe and effective way to treat hormone imbalances.
Common treatment includes transdermal creams containing estrogen, progesterone and testosterone applied daily to the skin in the groin area. For those who do not want cream touching their skin directly, patches that can be worn on the torso or lower abdomen are sometimes an option. Oral pills or drops of some hormones taken every day usually provide higher dosages than patches or creams but are sometimes an appropriate option.
Treatment usually lasts for several months to years. There’s no set length because everyone’s condition is different. Men and women should talk to their doctor at Swiftwater Integrative Medicine about what treatment length is best and before stopping their treatment because sudden withdrawal from hormones can cause some unpleasant side effects.
How Long Do Bioidentical Hormone Treatments Last?
Bioidentical hormone therapy can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the individual’s response to treatment. Many clients continue treatment way into their 80’s or 90’s depending on personal preference. People report feeling more energetic, balanced, and overall healthier after starting bioidentical hormone therapy. In addition, treatments can help improve sleep quality, libido, and mental clarity.
If you’re struggling with any of these issues, it may be worth considering bioidentical hormone therapy. It’s not uncommon for some patients to experience an improvement in their symptoms within one week of initiating treatment. And since there are many different types of therapies available, the best way to find out if this is something that could work for you is by scheduling an appointment with Swiftwater Integrative Medicine a Leading Medical Spa in Cle Elum in Washington State.
Is There Any Risk to Using Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
While bioidentical hormone therapy is generally incredibly safe, the risks are low and can be further minimized by working with a qualified healthcare professional.
Bioidentical hormone therapy has helped countless men and women overcome the various symptoms they were experiencing due to hormonal imbalance, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!
For this reason, it is important to discuss all possible options before deciding on what type of treatment to use. Each person’s individual situation should be taken into account in order to choose the most appropriate solution.
And even though hormone replacement therapy has been linked to lower rates of colon cancer in some studies, others find no significant difference between people on these medications and those who aren’t taking them at all. The best course of action is for each client to work closely with her doctor so that she has complete information about the various benefits and risks involved when considering hormones as part of her treatment plan.
More questions about bioidentical hormone therapies
Here at our office, we understand that you might have questions about bioidentical hormone therapy and how it can help you. That’s why we’ve put together this list of frequently asked questions to help you understand more about this treatment option.
Below are a list of questions to consider and speak to your provider about when looking into bioidentical hormone therapies.
1) What are the benefits of bioidentical hormones?
2) How do I know if I need these treatments?
3) How long will I need these treatments?
4) Is there a chance my symptoms will come back once I stop taking them?
5) Can men also use this treatment?
6) Will these treatments interact with my other medications or conditions?
7) Who is eligible for these treatments?
8) What are the risks of bioidentical hormone therapy?
9) Where is this treatment available near me?
10) How much does it cost to receive bioidentical hormone therapy in Ellensburg and Cle Elum, Washington?
11) How much does it cost per month to receive these treatments in Ellensburg and Cle Elum, Washington?
To obtain answers to all these questions and more, schedule an appointment online now, or call our office at (509) 240-8676.