Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
As we get older, we begin to feel less like ourselves. Our energy levels decrease, our desire fades, our ability to focus may get cloudy, our moods and emotions may seem to be set on “random” or “shuffle”, some people may begin to experience hot and cold flashes. We at Oakview Medical Associates don’t believe you should have to. If you choose to seek treatment for any of these symptoms, we are here to help.
How is BHRT different from traditional HRT?
Traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) uses synthetic hormones that raises your blood levels to supra-physiologic levels. This in-turn sets off a natural negative feedback by the body which further depresses the body’s own production of the hormones. Since these hormones are synthetic, there are many potentially unwanted side-effects and possible dangers that have scared off too many patients from seeking treatment.
BHRT at Oakview Medical Associates uses hormones that are identical to what your body makes. These hormones can be applied directly to the skin in the form of a cream. The levels can be controlled better than their synthetic counterparts. This allows for a more physiologic and natural replacement that is safer than traditional HRT.
Aging should be looked at as a disease. Preventable and reversible. Just as we treat diabetes and high blood pressure, we should treat aging.
We can treat all hormone deficiencies with BHRT. Whether it is an under active thyroid, low testosterone levels, imbalanced estrogen and progesterone levels, dysfunctional adrenal gland or low levels of growth hormone in both men and women.
What can I expect during my initial BHRT appointment?
At Oakview Medical Associates, Dr. Bijoor will do a thorough medical examination which may include some personal questions and some tests to determine whether you are a good candidate for HRT. After the exam and a consultation, Dr. Bijoor will explain how BHRT works and what results you can reasonably expect.
Are there any side effects?
BHRT is relatively safe when done under the guidance of a qualified physician. Patients with a personal history of cancer may not be able to undergo BHRT but can have other options to balance their hormone levels. Dr. Bijoor will discuss all these options with you as he creates you a personalized treatment plan at Oakview Medical Associates.