What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT, is a treatment process where the patient takes a course of bespoke hormone supplements to treat hormonal imbalances in the body. It uses bioidentical hormones, which are derived from natural sources and structurally identical to your body’s own naturally produced hormones. This is different to traditional hormone replacement therapy, which uses synthetic hormones. We prefer bioidentical hormones to synthetic hormone replacement therapy, as there are considerably fewer side effects associated with BHRT than synthetic hormone treatment.
So, What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are the active element in the bespoke hormone replacement therapy treatment we offer at Elite Aesthetics. They are considered bio-identical as they have exactly the same chemical structure as naturally occurring hormones which are produced in the body. These hormones are derived from diosgenin, which is naturally and ethically sourced from Mexican yams.
Synthetic hormones, as the name implies, are man made, and have a chemical structure that is very similar to the body’s own hormones. However, they aren’t identical, and these subtle differences in chemical composition can cause the synthetic hormones to act differently in the body. Bioidentical hormones are also produced in a lab to ensure their purity and safety, but unlike synthetic hormones, they are 100% identical to the structure of your own hormones, and the effects and benefits of BHRT treatment are designed to closely replicate those of your own hormones.
Who Is Right For BHRT Treatment?
BHRT can be beneficial for both men and women, as the treatment is specific to each patient and their needs. It is especially useful for men and women reaching menopause and andropause due to the fluctuations in hormone levels at this time. It is effective for women suffering from severe PMS symptoms, conditions such as endometriosis, and hormone fluctuations after giving birth, and can also act as a replacement for many other conditions that are normally treated using synthetic hormones.
For patients who have tried synthetic hormone treatments, like traditional HRT, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be a good alternative, due to the reduced rate and severity of side effects with BHRT.
BHRT At Elite Aesthetics
All of our BHRT treatments are only prescribed after a course of in-depth consultations with Dr. Shirin Lakhani, our practice leader and an industry pioneer in women’s health and hormonal health. BHRT medication is usually prescribed as a lozenge or cream, and is a bespoke formula that is based on the individual patient’s requirements. All of our treatment plans include regular follow ups and ongoing monitoring to help achieve optimum results.
To find out more about BHRT or any of the other treatments we offer at Elite Aesthetics, or to arrange your consultation with our expert team, contact us today on 0133 256 1762.