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Bio-Identical Hormone

Bio Energy Medical Center offers Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BIHRT) for both men and women. Also known as "natural" hormone replacement, BIHRT is an attempt to return the body to a healthier state of hormone balance. Because the level of one hormone is influenced by others, we evaluate a whole series of hormone levels including adrenal, pituitary and ovarian/testicular hormones. Once these levels are determined, interventions include supplementation with herbs/nutrients, use of precursors (supplements that can be immediately converted into hormones), or the hormone itself. If hormones are prescribed, they are bio-identical. This means that the hormone is identical to that which the body is supposed to produce on its own.

The process begins with an evaluation of the individual's status. This means a blood draw or a saliva sample. Saliva testing is utilized in situations in which multiple levels are required, such as measuring adrenal function during the course of a day or following estrogen/progesterone levels during the course of a woman's monthly cycle. Blood testing is used in all other situations. For men and women who are not cycling, timing is not important, but the blood should be drawn in the morning. For women who are cycling, the best day to evaluate these levels is five to six days after ovulation. This usually means a blood draw on day 19 or day 20 of the monthly cycle (day one is the first day of the menses). Once levels have been determined (it usually takes about two weeks to get all results back) - supplements, precursors, or hormones are prescribed to balance these levels. Progress is followed clinically (based on symptoms) and by blood work at three to four month intervals until a state of balance is achieved.

Many people wonder if Hormone Replacement is right for them. At Bio Energy Medical Center, we'll help you sort through the misinformation and evaluate your individual risks and benefits to determine if BIHRT is right for you. Generally, women with irregular menses, PMS, polycystic ovaries, unexplained weight gain or fatigue, loss of libido, peri-menopause, menopause with symptoms, brain fog or memory loss, new onset depression, disrupted sleep patterns, problems with healing, and skin or hair changes may find BIHRT very helpful. And, men with loss of libido, unexplained weight gain, inability to increase strength with exercise, hair loss, memory changes/depression, unexplained fatigue and problems with healing may find BIHRT very helpful. Many men with heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, fatigue, obesity, hyperlipidemia, and/or metabolic syndrome, suffer from low levels of male hormones (especially testosterone).

Customized hormone replacement therapy is a system that has been used by physicians in Europe for over 50 years. This approach uses hormones that are derived from plants and are structurally identical to those produced by the body. They are customized on a patient by patient basis to meet the specific needs of each patient. Various dosage forms can be compounded such as: topical, capsules.

The price range for BIHRT varies according to the complexity and length of treatment needed.

 

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