BHRT Treatment Glasgow
BHRT unlike HRT is naturally occurring (Bio Identical) and has the same chemical structure as naturally occurring hormones in the body. Unlike synthetic hormones that are used in HRT, the body does not recognise bio-identical hormones as foreign.
If you’d like to speak to us about BHRT Treatment for any other hormone related enquiries please call us on 0141 356 6969 or book an appointment with our clinical team today.
What is BHRT?
It is the use of bio-identical hormones to replace and re-balance the body’s hormones during the changes leading up to menopause and beyond.
BHRT unlike HRT is naturally occurring (Bio Identical) and has the same chemical structure as naturally occurring hormones in the body. Unlike synthetic hormones that are used in conventional HRT, the body does not recognise bio-identical hormones as foreign.
Amidst concerns over the safety of synthetic or conventional HRT treatment for menopausal women, there is a growing demand for safer treatment options. They work in the same way, to deliver the same benefits with the possibility of adjusting does as required, therefore side effects seldom occur.
Bio-identical hormones are not only better tolerated; they can also be individually prescribed and fine-tuned according to the patients needs.
Who can benefit from BHRT?
Hormones control every function in the body. As a result, hormonal imbalances can impact virtually every major system and organ in the body.
Hormones such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone are chemical messengers that circulate through the bloodstream, they are extremely potent molecules and they play a vital role in our health and well being
Men and women can benefit from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) because it can provide relief from a wide range of symptoms experienced during the menopause, andropause and other hormone-related conditions such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), postnatal depression, endometriosis and menstrual problems.
Bio-identical hormones are originally derived from plant sources from wild yam and soya beans, made into micronised powders which are used to make oral or creams .
We treat a wide range of symptoms at Clinica Medica for men and women. You don’t need to just ‘put up with’ hormone-related menopausal symptoms
Often women don’t understand what is happening in their bodies at different stages in their lives. Hormones can be the cause of loss of energy and tiredness to the aging skin. By restoring these to their natural levels women can feel and look healthy, energetic and more in control of their lives.
We believe in helping by providing the knowledge and guidance necessary to educate and empower our patients to take control of their health and their lives. This makes it easier for them to regain their confidence and make informed decisions.
Other Hormone Related Health Issues
Amongst other health issues, we offer expertise in:
- Hot flushes and night sweats
Loss of Libido
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Does BHRT Have any risks?
Till date there are no big study to prove it is safer than HRT, for this reason we presume BHRT share the risk benefit profile of HRT but it is personalised Risk of breast cancer It is estimated that using all types of HRT, including tibolone, increases the risk of breast cancer within 1–2 years of initiating treatment. The increased risk is related to the duration of HRT use (but not to the age at which HRT is started) and this excess risk disappears within 5 years of stopping. Radiological detection of breast cancer can be made more difficult as mammographic density can increase with HRT use; tibolone has only a limited effect on mammographic density.
Risk of Breast Cancer
Risk of endometrial cancer The increased risk of endometrial cancer depends on the dose and duration of oestrogen-only HRT. In women with a uterus, the addition of a progestogen cyclically (for at least 10 days per 28-day cycle) reduces the additional risk of endometrial cancer; this additional risk is eliminated if a progestogen is given continuously. However, this should be weighed against the increased risk of breast cancer.
Risk of Endometrial Cancer
The increased risk of endometrial cancer depends on the dose and duration of oestrogen-only HRT. In women with a uterus, the addition of a progestogen cyclically (for at least 10 days per 28-day cycle) reduces the additional risk of endometrial cancer; this additional risk is eliminated if a progestogen is given continuously. However, this should be weighed against the increased risk of breast cancer.
Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Long-term use of combined HRT or oestrogen-only HRT is associated with a small increased risk of ovarian cancer; this excess risk disappears within a few years of stopping.
Risk of venous thromboembolism
Women using combined or oestrogen-only HRT are at an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and of pulmonary embolism especially in the first year of use. In women who have predisposing factors (such as a personal or family history of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, severe varicose veins, obesity, trauma, or prolonged bed-rest) it is prudent to review the need for HRT, as in some cases the risks of HRT may exceed the benefits. Travel involving prolonged immobility further increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
Risk of stroke
Risk of stroke increases with age, therefore older women have a greater absolute risk of stroke. Combined HRT or oestrogen-only HRT slightly increases the risk of stroke. Tibolone increases the risk of stroke about 2.2 times from the first year of treatment.
Risk of coronary heart disease
HRT does not prevent coronary heart disease and should not be prescribed for this purpose. There is an increased risk of coronary heart disease in women who start combined HRT more than 10 years after menopause. Although very little information is available on the risk of coronary heart disease in younger women who start HRT close to the menopause, studies suggest a lower relative risk compared with older women.
What are the risks of testosterone therapy?
A relatively small number of men experience immediate side effects of testosterone supplementation, such as acne, disturbed breathing while sleeping, breast swelling or tenderness, or swelling in the ankles. Doctors also watch out for high red blood cell counts, which could increase the risk of clotting. Men on long-term testosterone appear to have a higher risk of cardiovascular problems, like heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from heart disease. For example, in 2010, researchers halted the Testosterone in Older Men study when early results showed that men on hormone treatments had noticeably more heart problems.
Some physicians also have a lingering concern that testosterone therapy could stimulate the growth of prostate cancer cells. As with the hypothetical cardiac risks, the evidence is mixed. But because prostate cancer is so common, doctors tend to be leery of prescribing testosterone to men who may be at risk. For men with low blood testosterone levels, the benefits of hormone replacement therapy usually outweigh potential risks. However, for most other men it’s a shared decision with your doctor. It offers men who feel lousy a chance to feel better, but that quick fix could distract attention from unknown long-term hazards. “I can’t tell you for certain that this raises your personal risk of heart problems and prostate cancer, or that it doesn’t,” Dr. Pallais says. So, keep risks in mind when considering testosterone therapy.
Mens BHRT: Do I need testosterone therapy?
Millions of men use a prescription testosterone gel or injection to restore normal levels of the manly hormone. The ongoing American pharmaceutical marketing blitz promises that treating “low T” this way can make men feel more alert, energetic, mentally sharp, and sexually functional. However, legitimate safety concerns linger. For example, some older men on testosterone could face higher cardiac risks.
Signs of low testosterone:
- Reduced self-confidence
- Difficulty concentrating
- Disturbed sleep
- Declining muscle and bone mass
- Increased body fat
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Flushing or hot flashes
- Lower sex drive
- Fewer spontaneous erections
- Difficulty sustaining erections
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