Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a safe, effective, and proven medical therapy that can reverse the physiological effects of aging. BHRT works by bringing your body’s vital hormones such as testosterone, DHEA, and estrogen back up to optimal levels through the use of natural plant-based substances.
Unlike harmful “synthetic” hormones, these natural substances are called “bioidentical” because they have an identical molecular structure and chemical composition as our own hormones. Once in the body, these natural hormones generate the same physiologic responses as your body’s own hormones.
Bioidentical hormones can be administered orally, topically, by injection, or by inserting a pellet underneath your skin. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. By consulting with Dr. Lara or one of his trained physicians, you can find out which method may be best for your lifestyle.
In conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy helps you achieve your goals by utilizing some of these natural hormones:
Testosterone: A sex hormone that is secreted by the adrenal glands, testes, and ovaries. Found in both men and women, testosterone is one of the most important hormones in our body. It improves overall well-being, inhibits the storage of fat, increases muscle mass, helps fight off disease, improves cognition, improves skin tone, improves libido, and strengthens bones. Testosterone also helps protect against cardiovascular disease and improves cholesterol levels.
Progesterone: A steroid hormone produced by men and women that works in synergy with other hormones to facilitate the conversion of stored body fat to energy, protect the body from cancers, and improve bone density. This is often prescribed to women to control the urge to overeat and improve premenstrual symptoms (PMS). As a precursor to the hormones estrogen and testosterone, the level of progesterone greatly affects the overall balance of our body’s hormones and our physiological health.
DHEA: A hormone created by the adrenal gland that helps decrease inflammation and promotes weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolism, preventing fat storage, and suppressing the appetite for dietary fats. DHEA is also shown to help with depression, cholesterol levels, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular health. Typically DHEA levels begin to drop around the age of 30, which is right around the time when people experience weight gain, lower energy levels, and lower libido. Low levels have been associated with HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, depression, diabetes, inflammation, immune disorders, and osteoporosis.
Estrogen: A hormone that is produced by the ovaries and that is responsible for female reproduction and physical development. Estrogen stops being produced during menopause and a deficiency results in symptoms like increased wrinkles, decreased energy, decrease libido, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. A vital hormone, estrogen helps protect against cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimers disease, and improves the distribution of fat.
Thyroid: A hormone that is secreted by the thyroid gland and that helps regulate the body’s metabolism, cerebral function, and body temperature. Thyroid helps improve the breakdown of fat, boost energy levels, helps lower cholesterol, protects against cardiovascular disease, and improves cognition.
The symptoms and level of hormonal imbalance varies from person to person. Research shows that the production of growth hormone and testosterone in men begins to decline at age 30 and by their early 40’s, most women start to lose estrogen. For men, that means you might begin to experience symptoms of fatigue, low libido, and weight gain that compound over time. For women, you may begin to experience symptoms of early menopause such as vaginal dryness and mood swings or weight gain that become more severe over time. Through a closely monitored and personalized BHRT program, you can put your body into a state of rejuvenation and improve your health.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy requires a comprehensive analysis and careful monitoring. By consulting with Dr. Lara’s team, we can analyze your hormonal levels and assess whether a personalized BHRT program may be something for you. Our bioidentical hormone replacement program is based on the latest evidence-based research and is guided by our total wellness philosophy. Along your journey, we’ll help educate you on nutrition and supplementation as well as lifestyle changes to give you a greater sense of balance on your health journey.