What is BHRT and How Can It Help?
BHRT stands for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Testosterone is replaced with a bioidentical hormone derived from natural plant-based sources.
Since the hormones are derived from a biological source, they have the exact molecular structure as their human counterparts and are harmless.
This enables the body to treat the incoming hormone as one produced by itself rather than treating it as a foreign object which would otherwise be metabolized. This can be repeated every 4-6 months.
BHRT for Men
Similar to women, men also experience a decline in hormonal levels, known as the male menopause, i.e., andropause. However, most of the similarities seem to end there – a reason the term isn’t as popularly known.
Unlike women, the decline isn’t sudden, but rather steady beginning from their thirties, with a 1-2% decline every year and as a result, does not cause the rapid mood swings or hot flashes women experience.
Are There Any Symptoms?
Men do experience other symptoms like decreased libido, depression, muscle loss and fat gain, low bone density, poor memory and loss of focus, along with steeping levels of immunity as a result of steadily declining testosterone levels.
A study shows that 14 million men in the U.S. experience andropause and its symptoms, but few opt for hormone therapy due to lack of awareness.
What is the Mode of Delivery?
Small, time release pellets are placed under the skin of the hips or buttocks allowing for the steady release of the hormone into the male body.
The release levels will also self-adjust during strain like exercise or stressful situations.
This method avoids the need to use creams and weekly injections which need to be remembered and timed and can also be messy. Hence, this is the most preferred method for hormone therapy.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The primary risk with hormone therapy is seen in the cases when you already have prostate cancer which gets further stimulated by the hormone therapy. However, this is quite manageable, and routine blood tests can help keep a check on it.
What are the Bigger Benefits?
The benefits of BHRT are many. Here is a look at a few of them.
- Replacing testosterone increases the ability of the heart muscles to deal with stress hence avoiding heart diseases.
- Muscle mass undergoes a constant decline with testosterone leading to a build-up of fat. BHRT will help you maintain your muscle mass, and you will feel you have more energy and stamina.
- The decline in testosterone increases the risk of diabetes. Hence replacing the hormone will prevent it from acting as an aid to insulin leading to a decreased need for insulin supplements. When coupled with exercise TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) can be an excellent strategy to maintain blood sugar levels.
- TRT also decreases the risk of mortality and directly stimulates bone. It is also very effective in dealing with osteoporosis.
- TRT has also been proven to be able to tackle dementia and depression resulting from decreased testosterone levels. It not only provides protection of the nerve tissue but also stimulates its growth.
In turn, it helps manage the effects of plaque build-up in the brain in cases of advanced diseases like Alzheimer’s.
- BHRT is safe to use after treatment of prostate cancer.
With BHRT, men can combat the effects of decrease hormone levels, which are otherwise neglected as effects of aging and call lead a fuller, more vital life.