Who Needs Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
Unfortunately, almost all of us over the age of 40 (and in some cases over 30) will experience a natural hormonal imbalance. In our daily lives, we are exposed to environmental and dietary toxins which all contribute to the decline of our natural hormones over time. For our own optimal health and wellness, it is important to keep our hormones balanced. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) allows you to achieve this hormonal balance naturally and safely. However, it is important to note that this can only be done with the help of a highly trained physician.
Many factors and conditions can contribute to an imbalance of your hormones, including thyroid disease, metabolic syndrome, and menopause, to name a few. As a result of these conditions or other hormonal imbalances, you may experience one or several of the following symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Low sex drive
- Erectile difficulty in men
- Orgasmic dysfunction in women
- Hot flashes or night sweats
Dr. Stephen Rath, Founder and Medical Director of Fusion Medical Spa located in Ruidoso, New Mexico is a highly esteemed physician who adheres to a patient-centric treatment philosophy rooted in clinical excellence. He will consult with you regarding your current symptoms and tailor a regimen that is best suited to treat those symptoms, all the while keeping in mind that needs and symptoms change and may, over time, require an alteration of your unique hormonal treatment plan. You can rest assured that Dr. Rath and his staff will follow your progress closely and will make themselves available to you as is needed.
What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
BHRT involves replacing and supplementing the hormones routinely produced by your own body in order to maintain a healthy, energized body. Bio-Identical hormones are a healthier, safer alternative to synthetically created hormones. These Bio-Identical hormones are plant-based, and an exact chemical match to those made naturally in your body. They have fewer undesirable side effects than their non-Bio-Identical counterparts and are effective for both men and women. Other benefits of Bio-Identical hormones include:
- Synthetic hormones, although similar, are not identical to your body’s hormones, and therefore can lead to adverse reactions or long-term health risks. This is a key reason many patients opt for Bio-Identical hormones.
- Bio-Identical hormones can be tailored to fit your individual needs, unlike synthetic hormones which come in a standard dosages. This means better relief from the symptoms that you are actually experiencing.
- There are also less side effects reported among patients using Bio-Identical hormones. Remember, your regimen can be altered at any time so that you experience few, if any, side effects.
Treatment programs usually consist of replacement of primary hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, melatonin, and DHEA. At your consultation with Dr. Rath, he will conduct a thorough medical history and examination to determine the appropriate hormonal mix to achieve your unique needs. In order to participate in Dr. Rath’s BHRT program, you will need to:
- Give a comprehensive review of your symptoms, past medical history, and family history
- Participate in ongoing evaluations
- Be compliant with your BHRT regimen
Some patients may be requested to provide samples for laboratory analysis prior to beginning treatment. Although lab results may provide very useful information if the values are low or borderline low, be assured that Dr. Rath believes in treating the patient instead of treating the paper (lab results). Moreover, many patients have symptoms consistent with a hormone deficiency that the lab tests do not show. Dr. Rath practices Functional Medicine, meaning that he believes it is more important to treat the symptoms than focusing solely on the lab values.
The vast majority of patients are treated with bio-identical pellet hormone replacement therapy. This therapy was first used in 1938 and has a better than 75 year safety history with no report of increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and blood clot (as with oral estrogen or oral testosterone) and no report of increased risk for any type of cancer in men or women. In fact, bio-identical pellet hormone replacement has been used to treat breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s symptoms. Pellet BHRT is the only method that allows the body to “dose itself” or take what it needs. Individualizing treatment to each patient’s symptoms is one of the major reason’s that Dr. Rath regularly treats patients that have not been happy with other methods of BHRT.
Contact Fusion Medical Spa
If you are considering starting Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, your first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rath. He will review your medical history and concerns and answer any questions you might have. Dr. Rath understands the importance of individual customization when undergoing any hormonal balance treatment in a medical spa setting. He eschews the “cookie cutter” approach adopted by many med spas, and instead takes the necessary time to listen to your specific cosmetic and health-related goals before creating a treatment plan designed to safely and effectively fulfill those objectives.
Dr. Rath and his professionally trained staff have worked hard to create a warm, welcoming office environment, where you will feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your treatment experience. If you are interested in learning more about the treatment options for male and female hormonal imbalance offered at Fusion Medical Spa, please contact our office today.