Etobicoke Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Hormones are chemical messengers that govern many processes in the body and control many aspects of overall health. Dietary changes and natural therapies are an important step in the management of hormonal changes however, in some cases more is needed to restore balance. This is where BHRT comes in.

Some symptoms of hormonal imbalances can include:

  • hot flashes, night sweats, difficult menopause & perimenipause, andropause
  • PMS and painful periods, endometriosis, irregular periods/amenorrhea, fertility issues
  • PCOS, abnormal hair growth, hair loss, weight gain, muscle loss, decreased libido
  • fatigue, thyroid dysfunction, boone loss, anxiety/depression, brain fog

What are Bioidentical Hormones and Hormone Therapy?

Unlike synthetically formulated hormones, bioidentical hormones have the same molecule structure as those occurring in the body and are usually derived from a plant source. Because they have a chemical structure identical to endogenous human hormones, they bind to and activate our receptors in the same way our own endogenous hormones do. Although they are derived from a plant source, bioidentical hormones are standardized and compounded by a pharmacist to derive a measurable amount of hormone to the body.

Bioidentical hormones are used in a variety of clinical situations such as:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Anxiety, depression
  • Poor memory or concentration
  • Low energy
  • Acne
  • Reduced libido
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Infertility
  • Repeated miscarriages
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis and ovarian cysts
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight loss

BHRT Prescribed From an Etobicoke Naturopath

The following therapeutics can be prescribed from Naturopathic Doctors licensed to prescribe bio-identical hormone replacement therapy:

  • natural desiccated thyroid
  • transdermal bioidentical estradiol, estriol, estrone
  • transdermal bioidentical progesterone

* BHRT is only available to current and active patients of Dr. Gupta, ND seen within the last 6 months. For BHRT, all patients must first see Dr. Gupta, ND for consultation.

* Naturopathic doctors must go through a rigorous pharmaceutical and prescribing course and examination in order to prescribe bioidentical hormones in Ontario.

What to Expect

Prior to initiating treatment, it is essential to have blood (serum) or urine hormone levels checked, as well as pelvic ultrasound (within 3 months) and updated mammogram (within the year) in order to rule out any contraindications to using bioidentical hormone therapy. Once treatment is initiated, regular hormone balance testing is required to ensure the dosage is correct for your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT)?

Bioidentical hormone therapy is a treatment approach that involves using hormones that are chemically identical to those naturally produced by the body to restore hormonal balance. These hormones, derived from plant sources, mimic the molecular structure of hormones produced by the human body, such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

2. How does bioidentical hormone therapy differ from traditional hormone therapy?

Bioidentical hormone therapy differs from traditional hormone therapy in that it uses hormones that are structurally identical to those found in the human body, whereas traditional hormone therapy may use synthetic hormones or hormones derived from animal sources. Bioidentical hormones are believed to offer a more natural and personalized approach to hormone replacement, as they can be custom-compounded to match each individual’s specific hormonal needs.

3. What conditions can bioidentical hormone therapy help with?

Bioidentical hormone therapy may be used to address a variety of hormonal imbalances and related symptoms, including menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. It may also be used to manage symptoms of perimenopause, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone-related weight gain, and sexual dysfunction.

4. How is bioidentical hormone therapy administered?

Bioidentical hormone therapy can be administered in various forms, including creams, gels, patches, injections, pellets, and oral tablets or capsules. The specific method of administration will depend on factors such as the individual’s hormone levels, symptoms, treatment goals, and preferences. Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine the most appropriate route and dosage of hormone therapy for your needs.

5. Is bioidentical hormone therapy safe?

Bioidentical hormone therapy is generally considered safe when prescribed and monitored by a qualified healthcare provider who specializes in hormone therapy. However, as with any medical treatment, there are potential risks and side effects associated with bioidentical hormone therapy, including an increased risk of certain health conditions such as blood clots, stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer. It’s essential to undergo hormone therapy under the supervision of a trained professional who can monitor your hormone levels and adjust treatment as needed to minimize risks.

6. How long does it take to see results from bioidentical hormone therapy?

The time it takes to see results from bioidentical hormone therapy can vary depending on factors such as the individual’s hormone levels, symptoms, treatment regimen, and response to therapy. Some people may experience relief from symptoms within a few days or weeks of starting hormone therapy, while others may require more time to achieve optimal results. Your healthcare provider can provide guidance on what to expect and when to expect it based on your specific situation.

7. Can bioidentical hormone therapy be used for both men and women?

Yes, bioidentical hormone therapy can be used to address hormonal imbalances and related symptoms in both men and women. While it is commonly associated with menopause treatment in women, it can also be used to manage symptoms of andropause (male menopause) in men, as well as other hormone-related conditions such as adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, and hormone-related weight gain.

8. How do I know if bioidentical hormone therapy is right for me?

If you are experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue, or sexual dysfunction, it may be worth discussing bioidentical hormone therapy with a qualified healthcare provider who specializes in hormone therapy. Your provider can evaluate your symptoms, conduct hormone testing if necessary, and help determine if hormone therapy is appropriate for your needs and goals.

9. Are there any alternatives to bioidentical hormone therapy?

Yes, there are alternative approaches to hormone therapy that may be considered depending on your individual situation and preferences. These may include lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, stress management techniques, and other integrative therapies aimed at supporting hormonal balance and overall well-being. It’s essential to discuss your options with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment approach for you.

10. How do I find a qualified provider for bioidentical hormone therapy?

When seeking bioidentical hormone therapy, it’s essential to choose a qualified healthcare provider who specializes in hormone therapy and has experience prescribing and monitoring bioidentical hormones. This may include medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, or other healthcare professionals trained in hormone therapy. You can inquire about hormone therapy services at medical clinics, wellness centers, or integrative medicine practices in your area. Be sure to ask about the provider’s credentials, experience, and approach to hormone therapy before scheduling a consultation.