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Understanding hormone replacement therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a term that you’ve probably heard before. But do you really understand what it means? HRT is a medical treatment that involves the use of hormones to supplement the body’s natural hormone production. It’s commonly used to treat symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause in women and low testosterone levels in men. But with all the talk about the risks and benefits, it can be overwhelming to figure out if it’s right for you. Don’t worry, in this blog post we’ll explore the ins and outs of HRT, so you can make an informed decision about your health.  

Hormone replacement therapy: Is it right for you?

HRT is not for everyone. A blood test and consultation with our experts is vital to determine whether it is a suitable treatment option for you. Women who have had a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) may benefit from oestrogen-only HRT, while women who still have their uterus may require a combination of oestrogen and progesterone to prevent endometrial cancer. Some women with a history of breast cancer, blood clots, or heart disease may choose to avoid HRT, as it can increase the risk of these conditions. Men with low testosterone levels may benefit from testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), which can improve muscle mass, bone density, and libido. However, some men with prostate cancer or high red blood cell counts may wish to avoid TRT, as it can exacerbate these conditions.  

Can you take HRT for the rest of your life?

HRT is typically prescribed for short-term use to alleviate menopausal symptoms. However, some women may require long-term treatment if they experience persistent symptoms or are at risk of osteoporosis. The duration of treatment will depend on a woman’s individual health status and risk factors, and should be reassessed annually.  

Advantages of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

It is important to note that long-term use of standard HRT has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a newer form of HRT that uses hormones that are identical in chemical structure to those produced by the body. BHRT is believed to be safer than standard HRT because the hormones are better tolerated by the body and are less likely to cause side effects. BHRT is formulated to match an individual’s specific hormone needs, based on the results of hormone testing. This personalised approach allows for more precise dosing and minimises the risk of side effects. Bioidentical HRT can be administered via various methods, including creams, gels, pellets, or injections. It has been shown to improve symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. It can also improve bone density, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, and improve overall quality of life. BHRT has also been used to treat hormone-related conditions in men, such as low testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction.  

Get in touch

If you are considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, it is important to choose a provider with a doctor-led team and a commitment to scientific excellence. At BioID Health, we pride ourselves on our personalised approach to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, utilising the latest scientific research and advanced testing methods to ensure the most effective treatment. Our team of experienced physicians and medical professionals are dedicated to delivering safe, effective, and individualised care to every patient. By choosing BioID Health for your BHRT needs, you can rest assured that you are receiving the highest level of medical care available. For more information on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or to book a consultation and hormone blood test, get in touch with our friendly team today. You can give us a call on 0330 460 9999 or send a message using our online contact form for a swift and well-informed response.
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