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Whilst some women choose to stay on HRT until their menopausal symptoms have subsided, treatment should be lifelong. As bioidentical HRT (BHRT) uses plant derivatives as opposed to synthetic animal hormones (as in the case of standard HRT), many more women now recognise that bioidentical hormones can be part of a healthy lifestyle in the long term.  

Are bioidentical hormones safer?

A clinical study conducted in 2009 demonstrated that bioidentical hormones are safer for long term use than standard HRT, which is usually prescribed by GPs. The data from this study showed that bioidentical hormones are associated with lower risks of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease than their animal-derived counterparts. Bioidentical hormones are created from Mexican yam plant extracts, which are then modified to be chemically indistinguishable from the hormones your body makes naturally. As your body does not see bioidentical hormones as being foreign, they produce minimal side effects.  

Long term use of bioidentical HRT

Ideally, you should start bioidentical hormone replacement therapy during the early stages of perimenopause, when you first begin to experience symptoms. Your dose can then be gradually increased over the years, avoiding the worst menopausal symptoms that would typically present in your 50s. By the age of 60, the symptoms of menopause have usually passed. However, you can still continue to enjoy the benefits of bioidentical hormones at a lower dose. These benefits include:
  • Reduced severity and frequency of hot flushes
  • More restful sleep
  • Improved libido
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Easier weight management
  • Better focus and memory
  • Enhanced energy
  • Stronger bones
  • Improved mood

Side effects of stopping HRT suddenly

If you stop HRT cold turkey, you are likely to experience a return of menopausal symptoms, in addition to increased anxiety, depression, and changes in mood. However, if you wish to stop taking bioidentical hormones at any time, this is much easier than stopping standard HRT. This is because the dose of bioidentical hormones that the doctors at Bio ID Health will administer is scientifically tailored to your exact needs. If you wish to stop treatment, we can reduce this dose very gradually, which is much easier on your body.  

How does BHRT work?

Before starting your BHRT programme, we will conduct a blood test to obtain an accurate measurement of your hormone levels. This will allow us to create a custom treatment plan based on your symptoms and the precise needs of your body. No other person will have the exact same prescription for bioidentical hormones as you. Once you begin taking your personalised dose, the deficiencies in your hormone levels will gradually disappear, along with your symptoms.  

Get in touch

If you’d like more information on how long you can stay on HRT, or you’re considering changing from standard HRT to bioidentical hormones and would like some advice, don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable team today. You can give us a call on 0330 460 9999 or send us a message using our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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