What to Expect With Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Most of the press on bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) has revolved around women and the perimenopausal and menopausal stages of their lives, when their levels of estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones fluctuate. But men also experience hormonal shifts as they age and they are particularly affected by a decrease in androgens, especially testosterone. 

Whether you’re female or male, if you’re experiencing unpleasant symptoms related to aging, you could benefit from BHRT. Alexander Paziotopoulos, MD, at The Pazio Institute in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, offers BHRT for women and men who don’t feel like themselves anymore due to menopause or andropause.

What BHRT is

Unlike synthetic hormone replacement therapy, which may come from animal sources, BHRT is made from plants. The hormones are synthesized so that they mimic the molecular structure and chemistry of natural human hormones. Because the BHRT molecules look and act just like your own hormones, you’re less likely to have an adverse reaction to them.

Dr. Paziotopoulos offers a number of delivery systems for BHRT, but he highly recommends BHRT in pellet form. The pellet is inserted into your upper, outer portion of the hip area (which contains low nerve sensitivity and higher fatty tissue), during a simple in-office procedure. Over the next three months, the BHRT pellet releases hormones gradually, similar to the way your body slowly, but consistently produces and releases hormones. 

How BHRT can help women

If you’re a woman who’s going through perimenopause or menopause, you may have a number of troubling symptoms interfering with your quality of life. Symptoms of fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone can include:

Soon after Dr. Paziotopoulos inserts your BHRT pellet, your hormones should stabilize, and you can expect benefits, such as:

How BHRT can help men

Men experience declines in the hormone testosterone as they age. Troubling symptoms can include:

Low testosterone can slow down your metabolism, which may cause you to gain fat around your middle. Fat deposits will increase your levels of the hormone estrogen and further compromise your ability to lose weight and maintain muscle mass. By restoring your testosterone with BHRT, you can expect results, such as:

Each pellet (for both women and men) lasts approximately 100 days and slowly dissolves over that period of time. You must visit The Pazio Institute so Dr. Paziotopoulos can insert a new pellet to maintain the benefits. In order to monitor this therapy, Dr. Paziotopoulos will test your hormone levels on a periodic basis..

Get back to your real self

As we age, women and men need balanced hormones to be at their peak of health and fitness. By restoring your natural hormonal balance with BHRT, you can age with grace and vibrance.  

Before prescribing BHRT, Dr. Paziotopoulos will conduct a thorough evaluation of your health to be sure it’s the right therapy for you. As an extra precaution, he will test you for toxins that could interfere with BHRT. He may recommend lifestyle changes — including changes to your diet — before he gives you the go-ahead for BHRT.

To see if bioidentical hormone therapy can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Pazio Institute today.

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