Hormone imbalances can cause many disorders and symptoms, including hot flashes from menopause and loss of muscle mass from low testosterone. If you’re experiencing problems that could be due to your hormones, visit Warehouse Primary Care & Specialty Clinic in Cullman, Alabama. The experienced team members provide bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to replace your lost hormones and reverse your symptoms. For convenient access to BHRT, call the Warehouse Primary Care & Specialty Clinic team today or book an appointment online.

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What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) treats health problems caused by hormone imbalances or deficiencies. Hormones are chemicals produced in your glands and organs. They regulate everything from growth and development to metabolism and reproduction.

If you have too much or too little of any hormone, it can disrupt these vital functions. The problems that hormonal imbalances cause include serious conditions like diabetes, which results from insufficient insulin (a hormone made in your pancreas).

Other hormone problems may cause less severe symptoms, but they still significantly impact your quality of life. BHRT is an effective way of righting these imbalances and restoring good health.

Why would I need bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

You might benefit from BHRT when undergoing cancer treatment or if you have a glandular disorder affecting your adrenals, pancreas, or thyroid.

However, the most common use of BHRT is replacing estrogen and progesterone, the female sex hormones, and testosterone, the male sex hormone.

In midlife, during the years before and after the age of 50, women go through menopause. Their periods stop, and they no longer produce eggs, so they can’t become pregnant. This natural process starts when the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop.

Menopause symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Loss of libido
  • Fatigue
  • Thinning hair and dry skin
  • Incontinence
  • Painful intercourse

Men don’t undergo quite the same experience, as middle-age doesn’t mean they can no longer father a child. However, testosterone levels do fall, and men experience a range of symptoms known as andropause.

Men experiencing andropause might have similar problems with mood and energy levels, plus a loss of drive and reduced muscle mass.

How does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy work?

BHRT uses hormones produced from plants like soy and yams. After some modification, plant hormones are identical to human hormones down to the molecular level. This means they’re easy for your body to use, which isn’t always true of the synthetic hormones in standard HRT.

Warehouse Primary Care & Specialty Clinic offers custom compounded BHRT. Instead of simply determining that your hormone levels are low, your provider also performs an individualized assessment to determine your specific hormone needs.

The pharmacy then creates your BHRT, containing the exact quantity of each hormone you need.

To benefit from expert, personalized BHRT, call Warehouse Primary Care & Specialty Clinic today or book an appointment online.