Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an effective and safe means for women to find relief from menopause symptoms. There are individual and combination therapies available, along with a variety of delivery methods. Physicians specializing in BHRT can accurately assess your needs through detailed lab testing to determine which hormones and delivery methods are right for you.
Estrogen is linked to many, functions that impact beauty and function in women. Low estrogen is linked to diminished sex drive because the vaginal walls become thinner and drier with low levels of this hormone – making sexual intercourse painful. Orgasms often become more difficult to achieve and less intense. Low estrogen may also cause a reduction in collagen – which is responsible for building skin and connective tissue – leading to thin, dry, wrinkled skin.
Progesterone has multiple functions within the female body, regulating several other hormones: estrogen, testosterone, cortisol – without it or with low levels – your health and quality of life is threatened. Progesterone plays a role in the central nervous system, producing calming effects and impacting memory and cognitive ability. Progesterone also works in conjunction with estrogen to help cells form new bone and downplay the effects of mineral corticosteroids. It is pivotal in reducing water-retention and bloating.
Testosterone – women need it too – generally in lower quantities than men, but it is definitely necessary. In women, testosterone plays a role in building and sustaining lean muscle mass, managing mood swings and sex drive.