What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. at Minnesota Women’s Care is a Maplewood MN Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor that has helped numerous women to regain hormonal balance. Offering customized programs that address individual needs, many patients have been able to overcome the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, which are often synonymous with the symptoms of aging. Taking a patient-centered approach to wellness, Doctor Ashford factors in patients’ individual challenges, lifestyles, medical history, and treatment preferences into his Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans. As a result of his dedicated care and attention, wide numbers of women have been able to obtain peak levels of health.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy provides women with the female hormones that decrease as they age. When the hormone estrogen is given alone, it is usually referred to as “ERT.” When the hormone progestin is combined with estrogen, it is generally called “HT,” formerly known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Estrogen is a female hormone that brings about changes in other organs in the body. Progesterone is a female hormone that prepares the uterus for a pregnancy each month. During the transition to menopause or perimenopause these hormone levels start to fluctuate, causing some uncomfortable symptoms. When the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, menstrual periods cease and the woman has experienced menopause.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been used to relieve the short-term symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, sweats, and disturbed sleep. It is also believed to be useful in preventing or alleviating an increased rate of bone loss that leads to osteoporosis. Preliminary evidence shows that BHRT may be helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer, and macular degeneration or age-related vision loss.

Risks and Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The decision to take Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy should be based on an overall look at the risk and benefits expected in each individual. In general Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is primarily beneficial for the treatment of bothersome symptoms that are interfering with a woman’s life or lifestyle. Symptoms of hot flashes, emotional ups and downs, difficulty concentrating, decreased sex drive or orgasms, and insomnia are all common reasons for starting Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. This is often very effective in treating and ameliorating these symptoms.

Women not take Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for the sole reason of protection against heart disease or osteoporosis, as was suggested by doctors in the past. There are other options to address heart disease and bone loss that occur in the menopause. Instead think of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy as a reasonable option to provide symptomatic relief for women suffering from the symptoms of menopause.

Are there women who should not take hormone therapy?

HT is often not recommended for women who have any of the following conditions:

  • Vaginal bleeding of an unknown cause
  • Suspected breast cancer or history of breast cancer
  • History of endometrial cancer or cancer of the uterus
  • Chronic disease of the liver
  • History of heart disease
  • History of venous thrombosis (blood clots in the veins or legs, or in the lung). This includes women who have had thrombosis or blood clots during pregnancy or when taking birth control pills. Although the risk of blood clots in women is very low, HT increases the risk.

Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. at Minnesota Women’s Care is a Maplewood, Minnesota Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor who is happy to provide patients with detailed information, answer all questions, and discuss any concerns. He will listen carefully to the patients’ description of their symptoms, and he will then perform testing on hormone levels to determine imbalances. Upon finding imbalances, Doctor Ashford will provide patients with a personalized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program that is designed to meet individual needs. Countless patients in Doctor Ashford’s care have been able to use Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to regain their health and improve their levels of wellness.

To learn more about obtaining a specialized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program, contact Maplewood MN Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor, Melvin L. Ashford, M.D. at Minnesota Women’s Care today to schedule a consultation!