BHRT and Medical Weight Loss FAQ
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and medical weight loss are sometimes used to help individuals lose weight and regain hormonal balance. As experts in both of these modalities, we want to take the opportunity to answer these most commonly asked questions we receive about these two medical treatments.
Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted by various organs in our bodies. There are many different types of hormones in the body that serve different purposes.
- Testicular injury
- Some Cancer treatments
- Some Medications/Medical Conditions
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Sleep issues
- Appetite changes
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased memory function
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass
- More Hormone Imbalance Symptoms
BHRT is a safe way to restore hormonal balance to anyone receiving proper managed care. In the past, synthetic HRT had effects that were associated with causing breast cancer, but science has developed bioidentical hormones that are safe to use and can even prevent cancer. While some people may not be candidates for BHRT, those who are can be affected by some BHRT side effects. Some are rare or brief and many are treatable with proper management. These BHRT side effects include:
- Edema (water retention)
- Skin changes (acne, oily skin, increased body hair)
- Increased blood pressure (Rare)
- Leg cramps
- Breast tenderness
Low hormone levels can lower one’s quality of life by causing hormone imbalance symptoms such as fatigue, pain and discomfort, lack of libido, depression, weight issues, and many more. BHRT is a proven successful technique that replaces the hormones that the body has ceased to excrete. This can alleviate the symptoms associated with low hormone levels and greatly improve quality of life such as:
- Reduce the risks osteoporosis
- Reduce the risks of cardiovascular problems.
- Improves mood and overall well-being
- Increases libido
- Decreases tooth loss
- Reduces the risk of diabetes mellitus
- Increased energy
- Improved muscle mass
- Improved skin elasticity
Individuals who struggle with weight problems that are not a result of dietary choices may be experiencing low hormone levels of some other condition that’s not readily identified. Additionally, individuals who need to lose excess weight in a timely manner may benefit from medical weight loss treatment.
Medical weight loss works by combining necessary hormones with a healthy diet regime and proper exercise to create a comprehensive, individual program that helps people lose weight and keep it off.