What Is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
Bio-Identical Hormones are derived from plant/food sources and are structurally identical to human hormones. This means that the body is able to recognize, use and metabolize these compounds.
Synthetic hormones found in the birth control pill, IUDs and in many Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) creams and pills, on the other hand, are structurally different to those found in the human body and are associated with increased health risks.
Dr. Lisa is trained in prescribing Bio-Identical Hormones, NOT synthetic hormones.
Is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Safe?
Yes. With appropriate usage and monitoring, BHRT can restore hormone balance and improve quality of life.
When BHRT Should be Considered:
As a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Lisa first prescribes nutritional and lifestyle changes, herbs and supplements to restore hormone balance. In resistant cases where these therapies do not resolve the health concern(s), BHRT can be a beneficial treatment addition.
Signs Of Hormonal Imbalances in Women May Include:
- PMS symptoms such as heavy flow, painful periods, acne, insomnia, anxiety
- Fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis
- Irregular or absent periods
- Low libido
- Perimenopausal and Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood changes, cognitive decline, insomnia, vaginal dryness
Signs of Hormonal Imbalances in Men May Include:
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass
- Mood changes
- Cognitive decline
What to Expect:
Dr. Lisa will individualize your treatment to restore hormone balance by starting with a full intake appointment and physical exam to understand your unique health history and concerns. You will then be asked to complete a salivary hormone test to determine your baseline levels and appropriate dosages for your concerns. After approximately 3-4 months of treatment, Dr. Lisa will retest and reassess your progress.