WHAT ARE HORMONES?
Hormones play an integral role in your overall health. Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers.
Produced in the endocrine glands, these powerful chemicals travel around your bloodstream, telling tissues and organs what to do. They help control many of your body’s major processes, including metabolism and reproduction.
When you have a hormonal imbalance, you have too much or too little of a certain hormone. Even tiny changes can have serious effects throughout your whole body. Hormone levels fluctuate throughout your lifetime and can decline or become out of balance as you age.
Common symptoms of hormone imbalance include:
Feeling more tired than normal
Skin ageing, dryness
Aches and pains
Loss of strength/muscle mass
Specific conditions treated with BHRT include:
Side effects or problems with conventional HRT
Male andropause (low testosterone)
What is BHRT?
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the use of bio-identical hormones to replace and rebalance the body’s hormones during the changes leading up to menopause, andropause and beyond.
Bio-identical hormones are identical in molecular structure to our own hormones, which allows them to be processed in the body in the same way as our natural hormones. They are sourced from plants, namely yams. A substance is extracted and modified in specialist laboratories to create exact replicas to the hormones we produce.
BHRT can also be used to treat other hormone-related conditions such as PMS. Commonly prescribed bio-identical hormones are Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone and DHEA and Melatonin.
Individually prescribed bio-identical hormones often prove to be the solution when conventional medicine has failed or side effects are too severe.
Bio-identical hormones are not only better tolerated; they can also be individually prescribed and fine-tuned according to your needs.
Estrogen is the female hormone that helps regulate a woman’s passage through puberty, fertility and menopause. It is one of the most powerful hormones in the human body. Benefits of estrogen replacements include better mood, increased desire for sex, improved memory, relief from hot flushes and night sweats, relief from vaginal dryness and urinary incontinence.
In addition to its role in fertility, progesterone has a potent effect on mood; it is soothing, calming and relaxing, and can help with sleep and memory. Its benefits include fertility support, regulating the menstrual cycle, improved mood and sleep, bone strength, improved cholesterol, improved stamina. Unless you have had a hysterectomy, progesterone is an essential part of your BHRT treatment to balance estrogen and protect the uterus.
Although it is typically considered a male hormone, women also produce testosterone, but in smaller amounts. It helps to improve libido, energy, muscle mass, bone strength, memory and confidence.
DHEA replacement improves sense of wellbeing, energy, memory and immune function.
Full hormone blood tests and a pelvic ultrasound are required for every new patient. Repeat blood tests are required for adjustments to your prescription and then annually during maintenance. Ultrasound will be required yearly during treatment.
Initial bloods from £122
Ultrasound from £135
Your first review appointment (30 mins) will take place once test results are back. You will receive a personalised diet, lifestyle and supplement plan in addition to your BHRT prescription. Further appointments will be arranged at 3-12 month intervals depending on where you are in your journey.