Bioidentical Hormone replacement therapy

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses bioidentical hormones to adjust male and female hormones, correcting deficiencies or excesses, a process that is extremely specialized and monitored throughout treatment at the High Life Clinic.

This process differs from ordinary hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as the hormones used in this treatment are usually derived from animal hormones. In contrast, bioidentical hormones are synthetic compounds that have been designed to behave in the same way, and to mimic the response of the natural hormones in your body.

Conventional medicine has used bioidentical hormones for many years, as insulin provided for diabetics is bioidentical while hypothyroidism is treated with bioidentical thyroxine. This is quite different from conventional HRT involving the use of testosterone, progesterone or oestrogen.

HRT can often be associated with various unwanted side effects and increased cancer risks, but bioidentical hormone restoration therapy uses hormones prescribed at individual doses that are specifically formulated to provide results whilst reducing risks.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been successfully used in the United States and throughout Europe since the 1930s. Millions of men and women use this therapy to correct hormonal imbalances on a daily basis.

Studies carried out into the effects of natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for both women and men have shown it can significantly improve health and quality of life while lowering the risk of developing chronic illnesses later in life. There are many benefits to choosing male or female bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

If you are over the age of 35 and have some or all of the following symptoms, it's possible you could be andropausal. These symptoms can include:

  • Loss of enthusiasm for life or depression
  • Feeling listless or lacking in energy and having little enthusiasm for exercise
  • Noticing a decrease in mental alertness
  • A decrease in libido and desire for physical intimacy
  • Symptoms of mild to moderate Erectile Dysfunction
  • A decrease in muscle mass
  • An increase in body fat particularly around the stomach area
  • Insomnia and night sweats
  • A decrease in bone mass
  • Feeling more irritable than before

These symptoms are often treated individually or are misdiagnosed. A typical example would be that rather than treating the male menopause as a whole and looking at the issue of possible low testosterone levels, individuals may find symptoms of depression are relieved with antidepressants while erectile dysfunction may be treated with Viagra.

Hormone Therapy for Men

Treating these symptoms as a whole with the appropriate male hormone therapy could lead to improvements within 7 to 14 days. When combined with a healthy lifestyle it's possible that you could feel completely different within 3 to 5 weeks.

Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men

  • Increased energy levels
  • Increased strength and muscle mass
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Fat loss
  • Higher sexual drive
  • Improved concentration levels and memory
  • Better sleep
  • Thinning hair may begin to regrow
  • Muscle aches and joint pains can decrease
  • Bone strength can improve
  • Increased protection against heart disease

Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

  • Increased energy levels
  • Helps to prevent vaginal dryness and thinning
  • Helps to prevent hot flashes and night sweats
  • Higher sexual drive
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Fat loss
  • Improved concentration levels and memory
  • Improved mood
  • Wrinkles can decrease
  • Bones are protected against osteoporosis
  • Reduced risk of heart disease

Our clinic specialises in combining fitness, nutritional supplements and proper nutrition with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for both men and women.

Each hormone program is individually tailored to correct hormone imbalance symptoms that can include the menopause and perimenopause and the andropause. The andropause is the male menopause, and can be caused by a deficiency of testosterone, and/or DHEA deficiency, thyroid imbalance or hyperthyroidism, adrenal fatigue or cortisol imbalance, or through having a growth hormone deficiency.

Hormones that may need balancing can include the following:

  • Testosterone
  • Human Growth Hormone
  • Thyroid
  • Melatonin
  • Cortisol
  • Vitamin D
  • Oestrogen (also known as Estrone, Estriol and Estradiol)
  • Progesterone

The use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, when combined with exercise and good nutrition can help men and women regain the physical, mental, emotional and sexual health enjoyed during their 20s and 30s.

How Easy Is It to Have My Hormone Profile Tested?

Testing is simple as all we need to do is to book an appointment for our doctor to take a blood sample. All the necessary information can be obtained from this single sample.

How Will I Know the Levels of Hormones in My Body?

There are several different types of specific hormone tests available, and through having a specific profile and analysis you can learn exactly which hormones are deficient or need balancing. We will discuss which profile you require during your initial medical assessment and consultation.

Your hormone profile will show if you are deficient in one or more hormones. If you are then this could be causing some of the symptoms listed above, and may be affecting your health. A hormone blood test profile can also discover the cause of pre-existing conditions, and can be used to check vitamin and mineral levels and to detect any deficiencies. This can show whether or not you'd benefit from making changes to your lifestyle or to your diet.