Hormone replacement therapy is now a widely available treatment option that’s growing in popularity among women over the age of 35 — specifically those who feel run-down, prone to weight gain (sometimes for the first time in their lives) and out of other options when it comes to managing symptoms of menopause. This includes options like bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to balance hormones and improve certain conditions. Men also experience andropause. Andropause in men typically occurs between the ages of 40 and 60, but men as young as 30 may begin to experience male menopause symptoms.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is the use of hormones to help alleviate symptoms related to hormonal imbalance or decline in hormone production tied to aging. Certain hormone treatments are called “bio-identical” or sometimes “natural” because the types of hormones used are chemically identical (according to molecular studies) to those produced by the human body.
Specific hormones that BHRT aims to increase or balance include those tied to reproduction and youth, such as estrogen (in the form of estrone or estradiol), progesterone, and sometimes testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and adrenal hormones.
BHRT treatments include creams, lotions, injections, gels, sprats or tablets that have the goal of raising hormone levels back up to a more youthful state. BHRT replaces hormone levels to a more balanced, youthful state using natural ingredients. The added benefit of bio-identical is that each dose is tailored specifically for your needs, not simply in standard doses as is the case with synthetic hormone.