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Do Bioidentical Hormones Work?

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Bioidentical hormones are manufactured hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those the human body naturally produces. 

We can use these plant-based hormones to treat men and women suffering from hormonal changes. They are a particularly effective treatment option for women going through menopause and seeking an alternative to standard HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy).

Kent, like much of the UK, has experienced severe supply shortages of HRT over recent years, which has led to a sharp increase in the use of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are plant-based and used as a treatment for hormone replacement therapy. 

Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are among the hormones most commonly replicated and used in specialist treatments. Bioidentical hormones are available in various forms, including pills, patches, creams, gels, and injections.

Problems That Bioidentical Hormones Help With

Bioidentical hormones are very effective in treating the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. These symptoms can include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of interest in sex or painful intercourse
  • Sleeping problems
  • Loss of energy or fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes

During menopause, your levels of oestrogen and progesterone start to fall, and these decreased levels are the leading cause of hot flashes, painful sex, headaches, and mood swings. When your hormones are rebalanced, your symptoms reduce significantly.

Progesterone acts as a natural antidepressant, enhancing your mood and relieving anxiety. That’s why many consider rebalancing levels essential for mental well-being.

Bioidentical Hormones Help Men Too

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It’s not just women that benefit from bioidentical hormones. Men can experience changes in their testosterone levels as they age, and when this happens, men can experience the following problems:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Reduced bone mass
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Decrease in energy levels
  • Increase in body fat
  • Hair loss

Bioidentical hormones can help restore testosterone levels and reduce the symptoms of hormonal changes.

How Do They Work?

Your hormone levels change drastically as you age, and BHRT can rebalance them to more natural levels. Although hormonal changes are more commonly associated with women, hormone changes do occur in men too, causing similar changes in mood, sexual performance, appearance, and overall well-being.

At Elite Aesthetics in Kent, Dr Shirin specialises in hormone therapy for both men and women. We can create bespoke BHRT treatments by using a blood test to establish the hormone imbalances affecting you. 

Is BHRT Safe?

Many healthcare providers who use BHRT say that it is safer than traditional hormone therapy treatments because of the way that they are manufactured. Bioidentical hormones use only natural resources and are designed to treat every person individually.

BHRT is usually very well tolerated, with most people experiencing no negative effects. However, like all medicines, there are some potential side effects including; 

  • Weight gain
  • Blurred vision
  • Tiredness
  • Acne
  • Increased facial hair
  • Headaches
  • Breast tenderness 
  • Spotting

All hormone treatments take a while to get the dosage right, and you’ll often start on the lowest dose. But there’s more flexibility with BHRT than standard HRT prescribed through the NHS.

If you undergo bioidentical hormone therapy in Kent with Dr Shirin, she will work closely with you to establish the right course of treatment. You’ll receive regular follow-ups and adjustments as needed.

Is It the Same As HRT?

Both HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) and BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Therapy) can be used effectively to treat the symptoms of menopause. However, there are some fundamental differences, the main one being how they are made. 

BHRT is derived from plant sources chemically similar to the hormones your body naturally produces. Traditional HRT products are made from the urine of pregnant horses and other synthetic hormones.

Some women prefer BHRT because of its natural quality, and we can adjust the doses to suit individual needs. HRT comes in standard doses and is not created based on your hormonal profile like BHRT. 

Where Can I Find Bioidentical Hormones In Kent?

If you are looking for BHRT in Kent, then you’ll find it at the award-winning clinic Elite Aesthetics. Dr Shirin has specialist expertise in intimate health and hormone replacement therapy for both men and women. You can read even more about Elite Aesthetics BHRT treatments here.

If you want to learn more about how bioidentical hormones could help you, then the first step is to book a consultation in our Kent clinic. During your consultation, you can ask any questions that you have.

Our consultations are held at our award-winning clinic based in Greenhithe, Kent, which is just 20 minutes away by train from St. Pancras, London.

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Dr. Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, who works diligently to ensure a 5 star quality service, and brings an honest and ethical approach to every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics, Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the harmony between medicine and aesthetics, and with her expertise, Elite Aesthetics is able to offer effective, doctor-led treatments to vastly improve the lives of our clients.

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Elite is an outstanding professional clinic with high standard treatments. All the staff members are friendly and offer you honest opinions when it comes to products and treatments. This is a welcoming clinic that I can 100% recommend. Treatments are spoken through and explained in detail, also aftercare. I have been going nearly a year now and am happy with all the treatments I’ve had, wouldn't go anywhere else. The Bocox treatment started to work within a few days, which I was surprised about. So glad I went to Elite for treatment.



Thank you Dr Shirin, the O Shot has really helped me with my Lichen Sclerosus. I'd heard about the treatment on the LS Facebook Groups and message a few people that had treatment with Dr Shirin. I was like many in the group who had run out of treatment options and using creams on a daily basis. I have to say a few months after treatment, I can see a real positive change and I'm hoping my LS will continue to improve. Dr Shirin did say that I might have to have a second treatment given how severe my case is.




A great discovery in the neighbourhood ! There is no need to go up to London for a beauty treatment of any kind. You'll find a whole range of different treatments suiting all age groups and concerns. Welcoming, reassuring, friendly, professional, high tech. I shall be back for more. I love the results of the Thread Lift I had.


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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

Our practice is led by our founder, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, who is an advocate for greater regulation in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics believe greater regulation is vital to the development of aesthetics industry as a whole, and as such, our clinic’s philosophy is based on providing doctor-led care to the highest, medically approved standards. We adhere to stringent ethical and medical principles ensuring all the procedures we offer are safe and effective. Dr. Shirin is also fully registered with the GMC (reference number 4634863), and Elite Aesthetics is Save Face accredited, an endorsement recognised by the UK Government, The Department of Health, NHS England and the CQC (Care Quality Commission).

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17:16 05 Jun 23
Hi, Alex here,Just had my Lichen treatment today with Dr Shirin,The whole team at elite are very friendly, comforting and understanding, and did everything they could to give me a wonderful and welcoming experience. They are all so kind, friendly and knowledgeable, world experts at what they do. I am lucky to have them near London. They are also super responsive on the phone and email, so I know they care about thier patients, and I'm very well taken care of, (as with other clinics I have been to, its often difficult to get them to respond to questions), but this clinic is the most responsive I have ever seen!This is a beautiful and wonderful place and I highly recommend it, and I will be recommending it to all my friends as well. They definitely deserve the super high reviews they are getting, so I'm happy to add another one! A Big thank you from me and my family for all you have done for us during this journey!

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19:44 11 Apr 23
Great team, friendly and professional. Made me feel very comfortable. They explain everything in detail.very welcoming upon arrival too.I've been going now for a number f weeks and the attitude and cleanliness is consistent. The reception area is always spotless no matter the weather.The staff attitude is always friendly and they put me at great ease

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Yesterday I had a 'body sculpt' session, to help lymphatic drainage. I was zipped into a suit up to my waist. This massaged and lightly squeezed my feet, ankles, calves, thighs and abdomen. I was breathing oxygen rich air via nasal tubes. It was very relaxing and I slept really well last night. Thank you Elite Aesthetics.

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20:11 09 Mar 23
Today was the first time I visited Elite. The staff were all so friendly and accommodating. Dr. Shirin is so knowledgeable and really helped me understand all the concerns I had. I will definitely be returning. I highly recommend Elite to everyone, especially those concerned with the menopause !


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