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Hormone Optimisation

SOMETIMES YOU JUST DON’T FEEL YOURSELF.

IT’S SO FRUSTRATING EVERYTIME YOU GET DRESSED.

Hormone optimisation, also known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), is a medical treatment designed to restore and balance hormone levels in the body. Hormones are chemicals produced by the body that regulate various functions, including growth and development, metabolism, mood, and sexual function.

As we age, hormone levels can decline, leading to a variety of symptoms and health issues. Hormone optimisation involves the use of synthetic or bioidentical hormones to replace or supplement the body’s natural hormones.

The goal of hormone optimisation is to alleviate symptoms associated with hormone imbalances, such as hot flashes, mood swings, low libido, and fatigue, and improve overall health and quality of life. Hormone optimization can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including menopause, andropause (male menopause), thyroid disorders, and adrenal fatigue.

It is important to note that hormone optimization should only be performed by a licensed healthcare professional and that treatment plans should be tailored to individual needs and health status.

Hormone optimisation can have potential risks and side effects, and regular monitoring is necessary to ensure safety and effectiveness.

DO I NEED HORMONE OPTIMISATION THERAPY?

Do you have any of these symptoms?

At this point you may be shaking your head and saying YES to all of these symptoms, or maybe you identify with just a few from the list above, but what we know is that change is inevitable as we grow older but we don’t have to suffer through these changes and balancing your hormones can help to improve many of the symptoms and even prevent some diseases from occurring.

We don’t get a break from our hormones and our hormones fluctuate on a daily basis. Finding the right solution for each person should be looked at with an individualized approach and with care and consideration. For some patients this answer will come in the form of Bio-identical hormones. 

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES

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TRADITIONAL HORMONES

What is the difference between Bio-Identical hormones (BHRT) and traditional hormones (HRT)? The main difference is the substances used to create them. BHRT are man made hormones derived from plant sources that are chemically similar to our own naturally produced hormones, whereas HRT is synthetically derived. It is thought that bioidentical hormones can attach to the hormone receptors in the body like our own hormones, and thus the body can metabolize the hormones in a more efficient manner.
Bioidentical or body-identical hormones are estradiol and progesterone are derived from the yam plant and are molecularly identical to human hormones. Most (not all) modern menopause hormone therapy is bioidentical.
The difference between “bioidentical” and “body-identical” is that body-identical is the preferred conventional term (rBHRT) and bioidentical (cBHRT) the term traditionally applied to customised hormone formulas. Most of the ingredients in compounded bioidentical products such as oestradiol, progesterone and testosterone, are the same as in body identical HRT. This means that the pharmacy is able to prepare custom doses and application methods to address the individual needs of a patient. Body identical hormones are produced by large pharmaceutical companies in regulated, set doses and application methods.

Menopause FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common question we get asked is, “ will I get breast cancer if I take HRT?”

As this is a conversation that needs a wider view, click here for the risks of HRT as detailed by the North American Menopause Society. ( NAMS)

Hormone therapy remains the most effective treatment for hot flashes and genitourinary syndrome of menopause, according to the 2022 Hormone Therapy Position Statement released by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
Taking into consideration your past family history and other factors, click here for the current medical evidence and advice regarding HRT.
There is no evidence to support gaining weight on HRT. Exercising regularly , having a healthy diet, reducing the intake of alcohol and healthy lifestyle choices should help lose unwanted weight.  Menopausal women undergoing hormone replacement therapy tended to have less body fat, especially visceral fat.

Typical timelines for improvement are several weeks to feel the initial benefits of HRT and up to three months before the effects are fully realised. Keeping in regular contact with your specialist will help to assess and react to changes.

The main difference between traditional HRT and BHRT are the substances used to create them.  BHRT are man made hormones derived from plant sources that are chemically similar to our own naturally produced hormones, whereas HRT is synthetically derived. It is thought that bioidentical hormones can attach to the hormone receptors in the body like our own hormones, and thus the body can metabolize the hormones in a more efficient manner.

Bioidentical or body-identical hormones are estradiol and progesterone derived from the yam plant and are molecularly identical to human hormones. Most (not all) modern menopause hormone therapy is bioidentical.

The difference between “bioidentical” and “body-identical” is that body-identical is the preferred conventional term and bioidentical the term traditionally applied to customised hormone formulas. Most of the ingredients in compounded bioidentical products such as oestradiol, progesterone and testosterone, are the same as in body identical HRT. This means that the pharmacy is able to prepare custom doses and application methods to address the individual needs of a patient. Body identical hormones are produced by large pharmaceutical companies in regulated, set doses and application methods.

Estrogen supports brain function and can have a positive effect on the brain. By stimulating the neurons it supports new cell growth and helps existing cells to form new connections. This is why in menopause we see the notable symptoms of brain fog, anxiety and depression and even memory loss.

Research has shown that persons who take HRT have a 58% chance to lower Alzehemiers with the greatest benefits seen in women who have taken HRT for six years or more with over 70% reduction in this condition.

There are some persons who due to family history may have a predisposition to dementia and it is of paramount importance to discuss this with your specialist physician,

We never get a break from our hormones. When estrogen declines, the impact on our mental health can be seen in the form of mood swings, low self esteem, low energy, anxiety, getting angry or irritable at situations that would not have caused you to feel this way before.

When testosterone declines we can see a shift in our sex drive and energy. The key to remember is that when our hormones change, there can be a psychological impact which can shift us off what we knew as our normal base.

By introducing a balance of estrogen and  testosterone into our bodies we can see an improvement in our libido, mood, energy and concentration. Hormone optimisation treatment can help tremendously but so can changes in lifestyle, nutrition, exercise and management of stress levels.

At BioConnect we work with experts in these fields to get you back on track and back to your best self.

Changes in our hormone levels, can have an impact on our libido. Changes in our estrogen levels can lead to vaginal dryness which can cause pain during sex.
Changes in testosterone can leave us with lower libidos with both of these contributing to a lower sex drive.
 
It is important to have a sexual health conversation with our specialist physician who will review your health and discuss with you options and alternatives including medication, lubricants, or solutions such as the Mona Lisa Laser , a painless and minimally invasive laser treatment for vaginal health.

Menopause is the exact date 12 months after a woman has experienced her last period. Therefore if you are privileged enough to live past this anniversary, then yes you would have experienced menopause. 

Prior to this date women enter a transition phase associated with hormone level fluctuation, this is called perimenopause, the length of it varies between individuals and in some cases can last up to 10 years. Everything after this is postmenopause.

Each person will have a unique experience through this time of life. For some women they will be able to manage their symptoms with lifestyle changes but for others , they need more intervention.

Wherever you are on your journey the experts at BioConnect will meet you where you are at and create a unique roadmap to improve your quality of life. We no longer have to martyr through this stage, we can thrive!

The sooner the better.

Unfortunately many Physicians are not trained fully in menopause and the most current medical guidance as it relates to this stage in life.

It is important to seek a specialist who has the scope of knowledge to not only guide you on why you are going through what you are experiencing, but to also give you the most up to date information and options available to help improve your life. Timing is important.

Starting your treatment as soon as possible will decrease both your risk of long term effects as well as risks associated with the therapy itself.

It’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to Menopause! This can be the best stage of a woman’s life. Occurring at a time when we have wisdom of experience and we can better manage through the bounces of life.

One of the most celebrated factors is the benefit of no menstruation , heavy periods, cramping or PMS and longer the need to have menstrual products. Yes there are changes that we will experience, but as we step into the second half of our life we can do it with confidence and celebration!

BioConnect Medical Centre commits to always keep up-to-date with medical research and have, available for our patients, the safest and most effective medical treatments and innovative equipment.

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NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP)

As the definitive resource for menopause and other midlife healthcare issues,
NAMS developed a competency examination program in 2002 to

  • Set the standards for menopause practice
  • Assist women in locating clinicians who could provide optimal menopause-related healthcare

To learn more please view the NAMS website here.