BHRT – Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy South AfricaAdmin2017-08-17T09:00:26+00:00
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy at Lightsculpt
Hormone levels decline as we age; bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps to replenish the hormones that your body needs to function optimally. The molecule of the bioidentical hormone is identical in structure to the hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) naturally found in the body.
We at Lightsculpt Aesthetic Clinic use bioidentical hormones instead of synthetic hormones to help decrease the effects of low hormone levels. We assess your individual needs and help you bring your hormone levels into an optimal, more youthful range.
These biologically identical hormones are extracted from plants and made in a sterile compounding laboratory. The end result is a hormone molecule identical to the molecule that is made in the human body, which means that there are no side effects related to the treatment.
Who Requires Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
Women suffering from early menopause symptoms looking to help put an end to hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, mood swings, weight gain, and low libido may experience improved symptoms when we replace their declining hormones with bioidentical hormones. We design individualized programs specifically for each woman suffering from early menopause symptoms, menopause, perimenopause, and severe PMS.
Men experiencing male menopause or andropause who want to improve lost libido, fatigue, stress, low energy, loss of muscle mass, and increased body fat could also enjoy success with BHRT. For men, andropause happens gradually and when diagnosed, the symptoms may be successfully treated using bioidentical hormones.
Results on any treatment may vary per individual as everybody is different and may respond differently to treatments mentioned.
Different Types of Bio-identical Hormones
Oestrogen is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands in women and in the testes, adrenal glands and pituitary gland in men. There are three types of estrogen in a woman’s body: Oestrogen, Oestradiol, and Oestriol. In women, oestrogen is responsible for the growth and development of sexual characteristics. Oestrogen stimulates growth of the uterine lining in the first part of the menstrual cycle, helps to regulate cholesterol metabolism and bone growth. In addition, Oestrogen also boosts libido and sexual desire.
Progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovaries and is used in the body to balance estrogen. Progesterone serves as a precursor to DHEA, estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol. Progesterone and estrogen are the main hormones responsible for the menstrual cycle. Estrogen is dominant in the first half and progesterone in the second half of the menstrual cycle. Progesterone also helps the body to use fat for energy, enhances thyroid hormone action, and improves sexual drive. It is also a natural antidepressant, natural tranquilizer, and a natural diuretic.
Testosterone is the principle hormone in a group of hormones called androgens. Testosterone is notorious for its role in sexual function but it also helps build muscle mass, maintain bone density and decrease abdominal fat. Testosterone has many other functions in the human body that affect many other health factors. The testes in males produce testosterone. It is now well known that testosterone levels decrease with age beginning in the 30’s.
Symptoms of low testosterone include:
Low sex drive
Decreased strength and frequency of erections
Decreased muscle mass
Decreased strength and endurance
Decreased bone density
Poor skin tone
If you answered yes to some of the above, you may be a candidate for testosterone hormone replacement.
The use of bioidentical testosterone may help with the following:
Jump start your sex drive
Build lean muscle mass
Improve bone density
Improve skin tone
Decrease abdominal fat and help with weight loss
Enhance memory and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Protect against diabetes
Protect against cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure