What is the best age for a woman to consider Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
The age varies per person, however, on average; women may begin to experience age-related hormone imbalances around ages 35-40 which is called peri-menopause.
I recommend that women have their hormones tested in their 20s or 30s to establish their ‘lifetime baseline.’ Once you have determined your baseline with regular testing, it’s easier to monitor hormone levels to ensure that they stay healthy and balanced. In the event of an imbalance at any point in your lifespan, (and it will come) your doctor can refer to your baseline; it’s easier to develop a treatment plan that restores hormones to their youthful levels. It’s ok if you don’t have a baseline. You can still balance your hormones, you just have to become more aware of how your body feels, and tell your doctor so that he/she can adjust dosage levels.
For those of you in your senior years over 60 ….it’s never too late to balance your hormones, you can also use Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
How long until I see the results from using the hormones?
Everyone’s symptoms vary, some women might begin feeling better within a few days of starting bioidentical hormones. However most women feel the full benefits within a few weeks. , especially when it comes to increased energy levels and better sleep patterns. The end result is the same – your symptoms will go away as your body is in balance once again.
Will I lose weight from bioidentical therapy?
If I had a dollar for every time a client asked me this question I’d be rich! Hormones need to be perfectly balanced to produce the best results, whether that is weight loss or weight gain. As a personal fitness trainer, I have seen great results with clients when hormone levels are restored, especially around a woman’s mid-section. Combine balanced hormones with exercise that is suited to your female body type, and follow a good healthy diet for optimal results.
Will I have to take the hormones the rest of my life?
YES If you want to avoid nasty perimenopause and menopause symptoms.
From the age of around thirty – five your hormones start to fluctuate, causing hormonal imbalances within your body, this is called per-menopause. The word menopause means that your period has stopped that’s it. Once you are in menopause you stay in menopause. In menopause unlike perimenopause where your hormones fluctuate, your hormones now drain from your body never to return! It is this continued hormone loss that causes all those horrible hormonal symptoms to come back or get worse, unless you replace and balance them.
What are the side effects associated with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?
Bio-identical hormone therapy can have a few side effects, however they are usually linked to your dosage. As your hormone levels improve, your dosage may need to be changed if you notice side effects. Some women have reported breast tenderness, spotting, cramping and bloating. These symptoms may be experienced initially with treatment, but resolve as hormone levels become balanced. It is important that you tell your doctor about any side effects.
Is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy safe?
There was a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and it was halted after researchers discovered an increased risk of breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, and other problems in post-menopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy. The hormone used in that trial was an FDA-approved combination of synthetic estrogen and progesterone. Many women stopped taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Let’s make this quite clear, the study was taken using Synthetic Hormone Replacement, not Plant Based Bioidentical Hormones!
Today there are many examples of scientific studies combined with up-to-date clinical experience that provide solid support for the safety and benefits of Bio- identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT.) I recommend that you do your own research!
I am still confused about synthetic hormone replacement (HRT) and natural bio-identical replacement BHRT.
I find women are still very confused that there is a difference between Bio-identical hormones and conventional hormone therapy. Conventional hormone therapy uses synthetic hormones (HRT) or animal-based hormones that are slightly different from a woman’s hormones. Bio-identical hormones (BHRT) are plant based and biochemically the same as those made by the ovaries during a woman’s reproductive years.
Who do I see if I need Bioidentical replacement therapy?
I recommend my clients should ONLY be treated by a reputable local doctor who specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement. They must test your body’s levels, to ensure the need for hormones and prescribe the correct dosage according to your blood test.
l can recommend a doctor if you live locally on the Gold Coast!
I have a low sex drive; can bio-identical hormone therapy help?
Yes, it could be that you are just low in the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone, which work in perfect balance to fuel your sex drive. Too much or too little of either of these hormones can cause a decrease in your sex drive.
What do you think of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
I believe that using bio-identical hormone replacement is the backbone to ageing well, combined with a healthy diet and exercise that is suited to your age. All of which is part of following my Keep Life Simple lifestyle.
My wisdom to all women would be: Do your research and don’t suffer from hormone loss. I prepared for perimenopause and menopause 10 years ago by replacing and balancing my hormones. It’s not rocket science; I just put back what my aging body was losing and now at 54 I feel amazing. Age for me is just a number and menopause is seriously just a word.
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