Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
BHRT – Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a prescription therapy used by integrative practitioners in an attempt to mimic the hormones produced by the body naturally.
BHRT is commonly used both during peri-menopause and menopause to reduce the symptoms associated with natural hormone level changes.
The hormones used by naturopathic doctors are made from plants such as soy and yams and can be applied topically and in some cases can be taken internally.
Natural Hormone Balance for Women
When hormone levels fluctuate severe vascular, metabolic and mood symptoms are possible. They can impact quality of life, wellbeing and happiness. During both peri-menopause and menopause the following symptoms can occur:
- Hot flashes
- Nights sweats
- Mood swings
- Sleep disturbance
- Vaginal dryness and irritation
- Low libido
- Thinning skin
- Thinning or loss of hair
- Poor memory or brain fog
- Weight gain
Along with other nutrient, herbal and physical medicine modalities BHRT can be used to restore hormones to their cycling state. This can reduce the symptoms associated with menopause.
Benefits of BHRT
- Relief of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbance and vaginal dryness / irritation
- Restored libido
- Improved collagen production (skin appearance)
- Improved hair growth
- Enhanced memory and less “fogginess”
- Increase in bone density and associated reduction of osteoporosis risk
- Improved mood
- Improved overall quality of life
Like any prescription therapy BHRT is not without side effects and contraindications. Please consult with one of our naturopathic doctors to determine if BHRT is safe for you.
Hormone Testing at Noble
The best way to determine which therapy in the BHRT repertoire is suitable to a person’s symptoms is to utilize hormone lab testing. This can be accomplished through saliva or urine testing of the following hormones:
At Noble we offer all types of hormone testing. Prices vary depending on the test. Common tests used to assess hormones at Noble include the DUTCH Test by Precision Analytical and EndoSelect by Genova Diagnostics.
For more information about BHRT and hormone testing please consult with one of our naturopathic doctors.