Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy: BHRT
The physicians that pioneered this treatment were searching for a solution to alleviate the symptoms of menopause without increasing risks for other diseases. BHRT was developed to mimic the natural process that occurs as ovaries or testis age. The challenge is treating the individual person. People age differently depending on their other diseases and the current state of their metabolism which will change once started on hormones.
Bio-Identical Hormones are the same substances that your body makes naturally. The physician will compound the various hormones needed into a cream to be applied transdermal (to the skin). Your dose is calculated based on the medical history, lab values and clinical symptoms. This is sent to a specialized pharmacy that will compound the hormones. Some insurance may cover these prescriptions.
Finding the right dose is a challenge for some people. Hormone deficiencies can mimic other medical diseases: hyper or hypothyroid, anxiety, depression, bipolar, Addison’s, Cushing’s, Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Disease or androgen excess syndrome. Hot flashes, night sweats, apathy, anger, sadness, fatigue, malaise, poor concentration, memory problems and weight gain are just some of the symptoms evolved.
Our approach is to keep our patients safe and promote health while modifying the process of aging and quality of life.
I really love Dr. Beals and her method of treatment overall - that includes ALL her staff who have been absolutely wonderful. Its obvious they love their jobs as well. I also wholeheartedly approve of the whole 'consierge' type approach to patients and their treatment by Grace Medical. I have few complaints and those are related to billing only.Annette