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GET YOUR SEXY BACK
Does watching E! News or flipping through this issue of beautiful people bring you down? Tired of being hot, hotter, and almost in flames? Read on… By Valerie W. Freeman
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a hot-button topic! We spoke with Dr. Jennifer Ronderos of Aesthetic
and Anti-Aging Medicine Center for the scoop.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy 101
“In perimenopause and postmenopause, your body stops producing certain hormones. Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are identical to what the human body produces. They replace the deficient hormones and reduce symptoms of menopause. Each individual has a unique hormone profile and deficiencies. It’s not a ‘one size fits all,’ which is why it must be compounded to the prescriber’s specifications. Patients have an initial consultation to determine medical history and current symptoms, blood work, and saliva testing to determine hormone levels. Bioidentical hormone treatments are prescribed according to each individuals deficiencies and are compounded in doses that are specified to create hormonal balance.”
“There are several positive benefits of BHRT aside from reducing the symptoms of menopause. Benefits include: increase hair thickness, decrease belly fat, improve elasticity of skin, improve memory, protect against osteoporosis, improve libido, improve sleep, and reduce hot flashes. For example, one of the common hormones replaced in women is estrogen. Estrogen helps maintain collagen production and water content in the skin, which improves thickness and softness in skin and decreases wrinkles. It also has many positive effects on the brain, including increased memory, energy, mood, and well-being.”
The Bottom Line
“There are many clinical studies in both the U.S. and Europe over the past 30 years that have shown the safety and effectiveness of bioidentical hormone replacement.” The risk of any hormonal product depends on more than how the hormone is made. That’s why it’s important to work closely with a clinician to decide what’s right for you. If your symptoms are bothersome, discuss your options with a physician or other specialist in menopausal health.
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