Hormones decline in all people as they age.
Women typically begin to produce less progesterone in their 30s with estrogen, testosterone and thyroid declining in the 40s. In men thyroid, testicular function and testosterone production begins to decline in the 40s.
“Researchers from around the world have now shown that the normal deficiency associated with age should be corrected to that of a younger person. It is not until one tries this new therapy and experiences the tremendous increased vigor that one realizes the harm that is being caused to the body by the lack of these hormones.” – Neal Rouzier
Hormone imbalance can be restored by implementing a hormone replacement program. The correct regimen is very helpful for women going through perimenopause or menopause and can dramatically improve symptoms such as hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, mood swings and even cognitive challenges. It can also benefit men whose testosterone production begins to decline in their 40s leading to low libido levels, lost energy and depression.
While it is an ‘identical’ hormone replacement, the hormones are still synthetic. Synthetic hormones are chemically different from our own natural hormones, and can have harmful side effects. It is important that hormone supplementation is done with a molecule that is identical to our own natural hormones.
Research shows that supplementation with natural hormones can prevent the chronic and debilitating illnesses of ageing, and enhance our quality of life.
No two patients are alike. At TBT Medical & Aesthetics, we develop a treatment plan tailored to each person that includes lab testing, supplements and hormone replacement as needed to restore optimal hormone function.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the process of using hormones to replenish dwindling hormone supplies within the body and treat hormonal imbalances. Bioidentical hormones are derived from plants or are manufactured to mimic the chemical structure and behaviour of hormones found naturally in the body.
Hormones control virtually all of the functions of the body, but levels start to decrease when we reach middle age. Women who are in the perimenopause or menopause stage of their lives may experience the effects of hormonal imbalances including mood changes, hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, fatigue, weight gain, trouble sleeping, and a loss of interest in sex. Ageing men also experience andropause or a loss of natural testosterone as they age and can use BHRT to regain a lost libido and a sense of focus, contentment, strength, and ambition. Those who are fortunate enough not to experience the volatile shifts of hormonal imbalances can still use BHRT to maintain optimal hormone levels and prevent the many chronic illnesses of older age.
Using BHRT treatments can have side effects, especially when you are beginning treatment as your body is not used to the new level of hormones. Some of these hormone therapy side effects can include acne, bloating, blurred vision, breast tenderness, cramps and vaginal bleeding, headaches, increase in facial hair, indigestion, and weight gain. Many side effects are mild and short-lived and are usually avoided by starting with smaller doses of hormones, gradually increasing amounts as needed.
Unlike the synthetic forms of hormones usually prescribed by the medical community, there have been no studies to show that BHRT causes cancer. In fact, many studies show that achieving specific levels of our hormones through BHRT decreases the risk of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and osteoporosis (among others).