Growing older causes a natural shift in the body’s hormone levels, leading to symptoms including fatigue, hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, and sexual dysfunction. Bioidentical hormone therapy, or BHRT, is a safe, natural way to restore the body’s hormone levels during the aging process. Many patients are opting to undergo BHRT to feel happier, healthier, and more youthful into older age.
People starting BHRT often ask us what they’ll experience during the first few months. Here, we’ll discuss what you can expect when you’re first starting BHRT so that you can embark on this treatment option with confidence.
Before Starting Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Before you start BHRT, you’ll talk to your doctor about your symptoms so that you receive the right dose of hormones for your needs. Different hormonal changes trigger different symptoms. Dr. Shemesh at MindBodySpirit Care will tailor your treatment according to your symptoms, as well as your comprehensive laboratory evaluation. Additionally, Dr. Shemesh may suggest strategies like nutritional changes, herbal supplements, homeopathy, and glandular extracts that support the bioidentical hormones for the best possible results.
The First Few Months After Starting Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Patients typically start noticing an improvement to their mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing within the first few weeks or months after starting BHRT. Patients frequently report improved sleep, mood, energy levels, cognitive function, and sexual function, as well as a reduction in joint pain.
Some patients may experience side effects soon after starting BHRT, such as bloating, headaches, cramps, breast tenderness, and acne. These side effects generally go away over time. You’ll also be checking in with Dr. Shemesh regularly to ensure that your treatment plan is working as intended and to make any needed adjustments.
To schedule an appointment for bioidentical hormone therapy, call us today at (813) 935-2273 or (813) 964-6804.