Burns Integrative Wellness Center

BHRT – Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, also known as BHRT or natural hormone therapy, has gained popularity over the last few years. This natural approach is much gentler on both our bodies and the environment.

The difference between natural and synthetic hormones

Unlike synthetic hormones, bio-identical hormones work with the body because they have the same molecular structure as the hormones the body would make naturally. These natural hormones are metabolized and excreted from the body. On the other hand, synthetic hormones are foreign to the body and are much more difficult to metabolize, which makes your body work harder than it should. Natural progesterone is made from either soy or wild yams, whereas synthetic hormones are a mix of chemicals meant to mimic hormones.

Unfortunately, live animals are used in synthetic hormone testing and they aren’t treated humanely, so the cost of synthetic hormones goes far beyond just the harmful side effects humans suffer.

How to tell if you should consider hormone replacement

BHRT (bio-identical hormone therapy) can be an appropriate choice for both men and women. Men going through andropause and women, especially, as they enter pre-menopausal, menopausal, or post-menopausal stages of their life, can benefit from BHRT.

Women’s symptoms

Hot flashes
Weight gain
Poor memory
Dry hair
Easily irritated
Mood swing, Anxiety
Food Cravings
Low Libido
Pain with intercourse
Night sweats
Stiff or painful joints
Urinary incontinence

Men’s symptoms

Reduced muscle mass
Night sweats
Low libido
Sleep problems
Poor Memory
Difficulty concentrating
Reduced self-confidence
Reduced testis
Swollen breasts
Increased body fat

How BHRT can help outside of menopause and andropause

If you have PMS, heavy cramps, painful periods, and other symptoms, you may still benefit from bio-identical hormone therapy. A hormone test will tell us what kind of hormone imbalance exists.

How to test for hormone imbalance

Blood and saliva tests are the two most popular options for investigating a potential hormone imbalance. For women, it is usually best to test around day 21 of a 28 days cycle. The test can be done in our Phoenix office and results will be back in just a few days. Once we have the results, we’ll work together to get your hormones back in balance.