Many people experience the effects of hormonal imbalance as they age. Fatigue, low libido, sleep problems, weight gain, mood changes and more can result from hormone changes in both men and women. BHRT is a treatment that can restore low levels of certain hormones in the body to help manage many of these symptoms.
At Rock Creek Wellness in Leawood, KS, we specialize in helping our patients with hormonal imbalances. We spend more time with you to ensure that our treatments match your health needs. We offer a four-hour consultation with extensive medical examinations, blood and urine testing, and more so that we can create a customized treatment plan.
What Is BHRT?
BHRT, otherwise known as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, is a treatment that restores optimal levels of certain hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. BHRT uses natural plant hormones that are altered to make them bio-identical to the hormones that are already found in your body.
Men and women can both experience hormonal changes at any age. Hormonal changes can result from menopause or andropause, but they can also come from periods of stress, pregnancy, certain medications, and certain illnesses.
How Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Performed?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be performed using several different methods. Hormones can be given using topical creams, injections, and patches. However, at our practice, we prefer BHRT pellets.
BHRT pellets are tiny pellets that contain the hormones needed for your therapy. They are inserted into the skin through a tiny incision and deliver small amounts of hormones to the body over time. Hormone pellets allow the body to receive a consistent amount of hormones during the course of treatment so that you don’t have fluctuating hormones.
BHRT pellet therapy is also more beneficial because it allows for more time in-between appointments. Hormone pellets can last for up to six months before additional treatments are needed, eliminating the need for daily pills or regular injections. By using BHRT pellet therapy, we can also customize your treatment to fit your body’s needs.
What Are the Benefits of BHRT?
Can Ease Symptoms of Menopause and Andropause
During menopause for women and andropause for men, the body no longer produces the same amount of certain hormones. This can cause unpleasant symptoms that can last for several years. While your body makes this transition, BHRT can help to relieve these symptoms by restoring hormone levels. This can alleviate all or some of the symptoms of menopause and andropause.
Can Increase Energy
Your hormones are responsible for regulating many of the processes in the body that can make you feel energetic. An imbalance of your hormones can lead to feelings of fatigue and overall low energy. By restoring balance, you can regain sustained energy throughout the day.
Can Increase Libido and Improve Sexual Function
Hormones can regulate libido and sexual function in both men and women. Low levels of testosterone in men can lead to erectile dysfunction and lowered sexual desire. In women, low estrogen and progesterone levels can lead to vaginal discomfort and dryness, difficulty reaching orgasm, and low libido. BHRT therapy can be a useful tool for restoring a healthy sex life.
Can Improve Sleep
If you are experiencing frequent wake-ups throughout the night, difficulty falling asleep, or general insomnia, your hormones may be to blame. By restoring your appropriate hormone levels, your body will be better able to regulate its sleep-wake cycle and make falling asleep and staying asleep easier.
Can Help With Weight Loss
Metabolism as well as weight loss and weight gain can be impacted by hormones. If you are having difficulty losing weight despite vigorous exercise and strict diets, we can take a look at your hormone levels to see if an imbalance may be an underlying cause for your weight gain.
Can Help Stabilize Mood
Mood changes such as irritability, anxiety, depression, and mood swings can point to a lack of hormonal balance. By restoring levels of certain hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, we can help stabilize your mood and make you feel more like yourself.
Can Help With Cognitive Function
Imbalances of certain hormones can cause problems with focus, concentration, and memory. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to decrease the risk of dementia and improve cognitive function.
What Is the Process for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The first step for BHRT is to meet with your doctor and have a consultation. We will talk about your symptoms and your goals for treatment. Next, we will perform labs to learn more about your body and make a plan for which hormones to include in your treatment.
Hormone pellets are inserted into the fat layer usually near the hip or the top of the buttock. The area is sterilized and numbed using a local anesthetic. Next, an opening is made and a trocar is inserted through which the pellet is placed under the skin. No sutures are needed to close the opening and the BHRT treatment is fast, painless, and easy.
Choosing a Practitioner for BHRT Therapy
Many people can begin to feel less energetic, have a lower libido, and may struggle with irritability, depression, insomnia, and more. This can all result from improper hormone levels which can be treated through our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at Rock Creek Wellness.
For more information about our BHRT treatments in Leawood, KS, you can contact us today. We are available by phone at 913-336-6335 or you can email us through our website.