As we age, our bodies begin to undergo changes. One of the most significant changes a person goes through in the later years of life is the drop in hormone levels. Both men and women's bodies rely on hormones to regulate everything from digestion to moods, so when their levels begin to decline, doctors often recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as a way to balance them out. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy uses naturally-occurring hormones that are identical to those found in the human body, and Dr. Melissa Bachman at the Reno Health Institute is proud to offer this service at her integrative medicine clinic in Reno, NV.
What is bio-identical HRT?
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy uses plant or animal-based hormones that are chemically the same as the hormones that your body produces on its own. Traditional HRT uses synthetic, lab-created hormones, which can't completely replicate natural hormones. Bio-identical HRT provides a way to reintroduce these essential hormones into your body without side effects or unnecessary additives.
What does bio-identical HRT treat?
Working with your Reno doctor will help determine how bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help you, but women typically use it to help combat the effects of menopause, which include mood swings, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue. Men who have had a drop in testosterone often experience a loss in muscle mass and weight gain. Both men and women can find benefits from biogenetical HRT when it comes to metabolism and sexual dysfunction.
How is bio-identical HRT delivered?
There are a variety of products that your Reno naturopath offers for bio-identical HRT. Patches can be worn on the skin and replaced at regular intervals, or topical solutions like creams or gels may be prescribed. Pills and injections are also options. Your delivery method of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy will depend largely on the symptoms that need treatment.
To schedule an evaluation with Dr. Melissa Bachman, contact the Reno Health Institute in Reno, NV, for an appointment. Call (775) 507-4740 today.