When your hormones are off, so are you. It’s hard to thrive in every area of your life when your hormone levels are not where they should be. Luckily, there is a solution that is simple, accessible, and effective. At the office of Dr. James B. DeStephens in Gainesville, FL, we offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, also known as BHRT, so that we can balance your hormone levels and help you live your best life.
What Are the Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
There are endless benefits associated with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. You will experience emotional, physical, and mental benefits once you begin this treatment. For every symptom that you experience that stems from a hormonal imbalance, this treatment will provide you with a resolution for that same symptom.
Your fatigue will be replaced with energy. Your mental fogginess will be replaced with mental clarity. Your low libido will be heightened, and the results will continue as your hormone levels adjust and reach the perfect balance.
If you feel as though you are on an emotional roller coaster, you may have a hormonal imbalance. While hormonal imbalances are often attributed to women, they can affect both men and women equally. When you begin this treatment, your emotional well-being will improve and your hormones will stabilize. You won’t feel the constant highs and lows that often define a hormonal imbalance.
As your hormones stabilize, your relationships will improve as well. You will be able to respond appropriately in stressful situations and will no longer have to worry about your unstable emotions controlling you.
When you are used to a certain amount of physical energy, it can be hard to deal with low energy. If you don’t have the energy and stamina to perform your favorite activities like you used to, it may have nothing to do with your age and everything to do with your hormone levels.
Imbalanced hormones make it difficult to lose weight and increase lean muscle mass, two things that are important to a healthy lifestyle. If you value your physical appearance, seeing yourself deteriorate can be difficult, to say the least. However, once you begin this treatment, you will notice a change in your energy levels and you will be able to complete physical tasks that you were previously unable to. You’ll see an improvement in your physique as well.
Mental fogginess can make you feel older than you are and can also cause you anxiety. If you used to be sharp as a tack but suddenly find yourself forgetting simple things, it may have nothing to do with degenerative memory, but everything to do with your hormones. Many people who have struggled with this symptom have found it quickly resolved after beginning BHRT. Forgetfulness and brain fog are obvious symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
If you can’t think as clearly as you used to, you have trouble remembering simple things, or you forget names, you may have a hormonal imbalance to blame. BHRT will balance your hormones so that you can experience mental clarity and be at the top of your game at work or any area of your life that requires your mental clarity.
What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The BHRT is a form of anti-aging medicine. It uses bioidentical hormones to help supplement that which the body has lost as a result of the aging process to balance the hormones and get them to the most optimal levels. Dr. DeStephens and our knowledgeable staff members will walk with you every step of the way and help you reach optimal hormonal levels so that you can excel in every area of your life regardless of your age.
Are BHRT and HRT the Same Thing?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and hormone replacement therapy are not the same. Both of them have a shared goal of balancing the hormones, but they use different means to do so. Hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic hormones that stem from both natural and unnatural sources. Synthetic hormones can cause some negative side effects because they don’t match the body’s natural hormones, they only mimic them.
Bioidentical hormones are identical matches of the hormones that the body already uses. When they are administered to the body, they seamlessly blend and balance the hormonal system. These hormones come from plant sources and don’t have the same potential negative side effects that are associated with most synthetic hormones. They are the superior option and can help you feel your best without having to deal with additional symptoms.
What Does BHRT Treat?
When you have a hormonal imbalance, you know that something is wrong, you don’t feel your best, but you don’t know what to do or how to begin to make the necessary changes. That’s where we come in. We have the answers and can provide you with exactly what you need to resolve your symptoms so that you can feel your best. BHRT will resolve the symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances, including but not limited to:
- Brain fog
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Chronic fatigue
- Emotional instability
- Low libido
- Hot flashes
- Poor quality sleep
- Inability to gain lean muscle mass
- Weight fluctuations
- Premature signs of aging
How Does Treatment Work?
Your treatment will begin with a consultation. During this consultation, we will discuss your symptoms, perform an in-depth review of your health history, and begin the hormone-testing process. We will test your hormone levels with an initial blood sampling. This blood test will give us an idea of exactly which hormones are low and require adjustment.
As we begin treatment, we will ask that you document your feelings and any changes in your symptoms. This will help us adjust your hormonal dosing so that you are perfectly balanced and feel your best. We will also test your hormones after a few weeks of treatment to see how your body has adjusted and what, if any, changes need to be made. You can contact us at any point of the treatment process to ask questions; we’ll help you with anything you need.
What Are the Different Methods of Treatment?
There are different forms of treatment. BHRT can be administered in many different ways such as implanted pellets, patches, pills, creams, and injections. All of these forms of BHRT use bioidentical hormones and administer them directly to your body for optimal balance. The chosen method varies among patients. During your consultation, we will determine the best method of treatment for your body, your symptoms, and your lifestyle.
Optimal hormonal balancing involves both bioidentical hormones as well as lifestyle adjustments. You must combine your treatment with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management. When these factors are balanced, they’ll create hormonal harmony so that you can feel your best, have the energy necessary to perform mentally, physically, and emotionally, and even look 10 to 20 years younger.
Regular exercise is an important part of hormone treatment. Exercise plays a significant role in helping keep your body in an optimal state of health. Even 30 minutes of activity can make a significant difference in your health, especially if you are starting from a state of inactivity. Incorporate weight lifting to promote lean muscle mass gains, try to challenge yourself so that you can increase your endurance and stamina, and work towards exercising each day.
Diet is an important part of hormone balancing because many foods have a direct impact on your hormones. Certain processed foods, chemicals, and ingredients can affect your hormones. Removing such foods from your diet and replacing them with hormone-friendly alternatives will make a big difference in how you feel, especially when combined with BHRT. During your appointment, we can provide suggestions on how to change your diet.
What Are the Benefits?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy provides patients with many benefits. This treatment can resolve some symptoms that you may have lived with for years but never attributed to a hormonal imbalance. BHRT can lead to:
- Mental clarity
- Better, thicker, and faster-growing hair
- Healthy weight loss
- Increased energy
- Emotional stability
- Increased sex drive
- Reduction of hot flashes
- Good, High-quality sleep
- The ability to gain lean muscle mass
- Weight stabilization
- Decreased bloating
- Improved stamina
- Better skin
- Overall improvement in mood and well being
Who Is a Candidate?
Both men and women can benefit from this treatment. As the body ages, it cannot produce the necessary levels of hormones for optimal well-being. This decrease in hormones can lead to an acceleration of the aging process. This treatment can help reverse the damage caused by a decrease in hormones and help you look and feel your best.
Men Over 45
Middle age is the most common time for men to experience a drop in hormonal levels, especially testosterone. BHRT can help increase these levels, resulting in benefits like increased energy, a better sex drive, and mental clarity, among others. If you are a middle-aged man suffering from low hormone levels, we can help. During your consultation, Dr. DeStephens will walk you through the process so that you know exactly what to expect during treatment.
Menopause is inevitable for every woman, but you don’t have to suffer through it. We can help you thrive and live your best life, regardless of your age. This treatment will replace the hormones that have been lost as a result of the aging process and balance your levels so that you can feel rejuvenated, younger, and energized.
Those With Hormonal Imbalances
If you don’t fit into either of these categories but you still feel as though you may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are disqualified from treatment. Dr. DeStephens is an expert who knows the ins and outs of male and female hormones. He knows exactly when and how bioidentical hormones should be used, as well as when they shouldn’t.
If you feel as though you could benefit from this treatment, the first step is simple. All you need to do is schedule an initial consultation with Dr. DeStephens who will be able to help you take the next steps so that you can live your best life, free of the symptoms that define hormonal imbalances.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Don’t spend another day suffering from a hormonal imbalance. If you’re ready to experience all of the benefits that BHRT has to offer, we can help. Contact the office of Dr. James B. DeStephens in Gainesville, FL, and schedule your initial consultation to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and to find out if you are a candidate for treatment.