Bioidentical Hormone Replacement in Greensboro, NC
Have you tried hormone replacement therapy, but not gotten the results that you wanted? Did the therapy only make your symptoms worse or cause new symptoms to arise? If you’ve had an unsuccessful experience with hormone replacement therapy, you are not alone. Every day, we meet people who have had similarly disappointing results. Double board-certified surgeon Dr. H. Christopher Coley, can help you get the results you desire. Dr. Coley specializes in effective, safe bioidentical hormone replacement for the residents of Greensboro, Burlington and neighboring communities in North Carolina.
A number of different hormones are required to carry out the body’s many biological functions. Although hormones are most commonly associated with controlling your reproductive system, they also play crucial roles in governing your nervous system, immune system, cardiovascular system and circadian rhythm. Your mood, growth, physical development, healing and blood glucose are also all influenced by your hormonal levels.
Changes begin to happen when the body stops producing adequate quantities of these hormones. For example, when the body doesn’t produce as much of (or stops producing) the key hormones involved in a woman’s menstrual cycle, it can bring about perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause, as well as all of the symptoms that are associated with them. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) offers a solution. When your body is unable to adequately produce certain hormones, BHRT is specifically designed to provide supplements of the necessary ones.
The hormones in BHRT are naturally culled from plant sources such as soy or wild yam. Once extracted, these substances are sent to a laboratory where they are modified to accurately match the hormones that the body produces. Once Dr. Coley has determined what type of hormone deficiency the patient has, he will suggest either static or rhythmic BHRT dosages. Static dosing is performed at certain periods of the week or month while rhythmic dosing is administered in conjunction with the body’s natural cycles. There are many ways to administer BHRT, including creams, injections, subcutaneous pellets and patches.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are created from plants, such as soybeans or yams. Because these plant hormones are virtually identical to human hormones, the body cannot tell the difference between the two. As a result, the plant hormones will attach to receptors in your body just as your own natural hormones would, and will likewise produce the same results. BHRT is also a great way to maintain the health and functionality of your organs, tissues, and cells.
When BHRT is given in a responsible manner, it is very effective with a low rate of any serious side effects. Dr. Coley is an expert in the field of bioidentical hormones, and he will determine what BHRT treatment best suits your unique needs. This level of personalized hormone therapy is not something you can get from a pharmaceutical company that’s offering artificial hormones.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormones profoundly affect the way your body works. Hormones actively regulate almost every part of your health, from sexual function to metabolism. Estrogen, for example, plays over 300 different roles in the body. If hormone levels become imbalanced or get too low, it will cause the body to be dysfunctional, making you feel very out of sorts. There are many different factors that can throw your hormones out of balance. Menopause is a prime example.
BHRT is a very effective and cutting-edge way to reestablish your body’s hormonal balance in order to get you feeling like your normal self again. At the Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center, we strongly believe that hormone replacement therapy should provide the body with the proper amount of the hormones it is lacking. This must be done using a formula that’s nearly identical to the body’s endogenous (internal) hormones. Since everyone has unique needs, Dr. Coley will work with each patient to figure out the best possible, customized bioidentical hormone therapy.
Bioidentical Hormones and BHRT
Bioidentical vs. Synthetic Hormones
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is also known as natural hormone replacement. In this form of hormone therapy, biochemists will take raw materials from plant-based hormones and modify them to match the hormones produced by the human body. These plant hormones come from special substances found in wild yams and soy. After they have been extracted, these substances are manipulated so that they replicate the body’s natural hormones right down to their molecular structure. Because these hormones are naturally produced by the body, they are not adding any foreign chemicals into your system. Your body should identify the bioidentical hormones like they are its own, which reduces the risk of any harmful or unwanted side effects.
The development of bioidentical hormones is a groundbreaking medical advancement that has been praised by those who find synthetic hormone replacement unacceptable. Many women are familiar with therapies such as Provera and Premarin. Provera and Premarin are, respectively, synthesized forms of progesterone and estrogen. These treatments are foreign substances to your body. Premarin is made from the concentrated urine of pregnant horses. These synthetic, non-human hormone replacements are not an acceptable solution for the many women who are struggling with a hormonal imbalance or deficiency.
At the Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center, we want our patients to get the best hormone therapy treatment possible. When creating a customized hormone replacement therapy program, we only prescribe the purest bioidentical hormones in order to have a higher level of safety, reliability, and efficacy.
BHRT Keeps Hormones Balanced Safely
Think of the human body as though it was a motor vehicle. In a car, there are various substances that keep it functioning properly and protect it from damage. You have motor oil, which keeps its moving parts lubricated and minimizes any friction to keep the parts from wearing out. There is also fuel, engine coolant, brake fluid, antifreeze and wiper fluid, each of which has its own job in making sure that the vehicle is running smoothly. If your car is running low on any of these substances, you simply replace them so that the car continues to work properly.
Now apply that same principle to your body, with your hormones taking the place of the motor oil or engine coolant. Every hormone has its own set tasks that it performs to make sure your body is running effectively. When you have a hormonal imbalance or deficiency, then your body will inevitably begin to feel the negative effects. BHRT helps restore your hormones to their proper levels and/or balance, which will allow your body to function at its best.
However, you can’t just change the balance or add more hormones to your system and expect to solve the problem. Your treatment must apply the correct hormones in the appropriate dosages. Research has shown that BHRT is the best therapy to properly restore hormone levels.
Since more and more healthcare professionals are recommending this treatment, BHRT has gotten increasingly more media exposure lately. Even seemingly flawless, ageless celebrities are giving it positive endorsements. At the Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center, we want our patients to feel their best. To accomplish this, our custom BHRT treatments are incorporated with healthy lifestyle choices, such as diet, exercise, and supplements.
Curb the Effects of Pre-Menopause, Menopause, and Post-Menopause
Perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause have highly treatable symptoms. Unfortunately, many physicians may lack the knowledge and experience needed to properly treat them. As a result, millions of women are suffering when they don’t have to be. The symptoms of these conditions, as well as the symptoms of other types of hormonal imbalances, can be anywhere from mildly annoying to completely crippling. Some of the more common symptoms include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Increased body fat
- Loss of bone density (osteoporosis)
- Loss of libido
- Low self-esteem
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased lean muscle mass
- Mood disorders
- Thin, dry skin
With the right amount of diet, exercise and nutritional supplements, BHRT will vastly reduce many of the symptoms associated with menopause and other such hormonal disorders.
Possible Benefits of BHRT
BHRT offers many benefits for women. Undergoing BHRT can really improve some of the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance. These benefits include:
- Increase in libido and improved vaginal moisture
- Increase in bone density
- Improved mood, as well as fewer mood swings
- Increase in muscle mass, possibly resulting in a decrease of body fat
- Decrease in joint and muscle pain
- Fewer night sweats and hot flashes
Not only will these benefits improve your quality of life, but they will help you look and feel younger, too!
While not every age-related ailment is a direct result of a hormone deficiency, BHRT can help treat many of their symptoms. If you live in Greensboro, Burlington and neighboring communities in North Carolina, contact the Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Coley and find out if bioidentical hormones are the best treatment option for you.