Hormones are chemical messengers that control basic functions and processes in your body and they help coordinate development, growth, metabolism, mood, cognitive function, and libido. When these hormones are out of balance, even just slightly, it can cause mild to severe symptoms.
As we age, our hormone levels naturally decline. As a result, this can lead to many common symptoms typically associated with aging, including weight gain, fatigue, low sex drive, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, hot flashes, lack of focus, and irritability. Furthermore, long-term, an untreated hormone imbalance may lead to certain diseases, including heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s, dementia, osteoporosis, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
If you suffer from a hormone imbalance, it can be debilitating if not properly addressed. The good news? You don’t have to suffer, since there are now options available to treat hormone imbalance, relieve symptoms, and get your life back on track.
The symptoms of hormone imbalance that you are feeling are not inevitable. There is relief available. One of the best options available is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or BHRT.
Bio-identical hormones come in a range of hormonal products including, pellets, injections, and creams. This article will focus on BHRT creams, the benefits, and risks, to help you decide whether it’s the right option for you.
What Are Bio-identical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones identically match the molecular structure of the natural hormones that your body already produces. As a result, this allows the bio-identical hormones to bind to your body’s hormone receptors the same way your naturally produced hormones do.
What Are Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Creams?
Bio-identical hormone creams contain hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, and estradiol. BHRT creams increase hormone levels that have dropped and ease mild to severe hormone imbalance symptoms.
Benefits of Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Creams
BHRT creams treat hormone imbalance-related issues in women, especially women in perimenopause and menopause, with symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, low sex drive, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, hot flashes, lack of focus, and irritability. The main benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy include:
- Improves aging changes
- Relieves symptoms of menopause and perimenopause
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis and osteopenia and improved bone density
- Substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases associated with cognitive decline
- Improves mood and energy levels
- Improves muscle mass and overall strength
- Reduces risk of endometrial cancer and breast cancer
- Improves cholesterol levels and reduces the risk for developing heart disease
- Improves sleep
- Increases sexual vitality and libido
In addition, other benefits of using BHRT creams include relieving hot flashes and night sweats, easing vaginal dryness, improving skin thickness, elasticity, and hydration, and improving general well-being and quality of life.
Side Effects of Bio-identical Hormones Creams
Bio-identical hormone creams are FDA-approved and are safe for people to use. BHRT is very well tolerated, with few side effects when properly balanced and closely monitored by a physician. Because they are bio-identical, they are designed to match your body’s own natural hormones.
Best Place to Apply Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Creams
Apply the bio-identical hormone cream to areas of thin skin on your body. It is important to make sure that you are applying the cream thinly to cover as much skin area as possible. Additionally, make sure to rotate application sites to improve absorption and prevent saturation of your hormone receptors.
Areas of thin skin include:
- Inner, upper arms
- Inner thighs
- Behind the knees
- Inner forearms
- Back of neck
Of course, be sure to follow the instructions provided on how to apply the cream to get optimal results from your dosage.
Some Tips and Procedures on How to Apply the Bio-identical Hormone Creams
Apply the cream after showering when the skin is fresh and clean. This allows the skin to absorb the cream better. Depending on the type of cream you are using and the hormones inside, it’s important to have a regular schedule that you follow for the duration of the applications.
If you are prescribed to apply a hormone cream intra-vaginally, this will be absorbed instantaneously.
For the cream to be effective, you must use the dose prescribed and apply the recommended amount. Apply the cream on a large skin area and rub it in for a minute or two to ensure that the cream is absorbed well into the skin. However, applying the cream to a small area will prevent effective results and would only be wasting the cream. On applying the cream, make sure you cover equal parts and that all of the cream is absorbed.
Before you start using the cream, test it by placing a small amount of cream on a small skin area for a few minutes. If there is no reaction, then you can proceed with the normal application. Be sure to follow the instructions provided, and after the use, wash your hands thoroughly before coming into contact with others.
Is BHRT Right for You?
Female testosterone levels begin to drop in your late 20s and are often severely depleted by your early 40s. Optimal levels of testosterone are essential for weight management, sex drive, mood, muscle tone, and overall well-being. Not only that, optimized hormones can help you keep your bones healthy, preserve cognitive health, enhance heart health, and manage pain levels.
BHRT gives you an all-natural solution to the side effects of hormone imbalance, and improvements can be seen within the first two weeks, but full effects will be reached by eight weeks. However, every treatment plan must be customized to you based on your unique hormone levels and how you feel. Furthermore, your dose will be determined based on your blood results.
Undoubtedly, it’s critical to have the right physicians on your side to help you build a safe, effective, holistic plan.
Get Help from the Experts
If you’re considering BHRT cream as an option to rebalance your hormones and bring health back to your body, Nava Health is here to help. With Nava’s BHRT, you have the chance to rejuvenate your body and your outlook on aging.
Our goal is to help you live the best, healthiest life possible. With the help from our expert physicians, you will be on your way to feeling revitalized.
Schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians today and start feeling tomorrow!