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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT)

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT)


Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT) refers to the therapeutic use of hormones that are identical in every way to the hormones produced naturally in the body. Diagnostic testing may include salivary and or blood tests.

The results may reveal hormone imbalances that are then addressed with the use of BHRT. Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources not animal derivatives. Bioidentical hormones usually prescribed are estradiol, estriol, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and DHEA. Most hormones are delivered to the body in a cream form, which can be rubbed into the skin. This transdermal application of hormone creams delivers the hormones to the tissues similar to ovarian, testicular and adrenal release to the body.

BHRT are compounded by pharmacies and require a prescription from a Naturopathic Physician.

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Salivary testing

Salivary testing is crucial for determining the most effective hormone balancing treatment program. Salivary testing is advantageous over other testing mediums because it allows you to assess your bioavailable hormone levels – what is actually available for use by the body. Because of the complexity of changes to the endocrine system during menopause, hormone testing is imperative to identify proper treatment options.

The Comprehensive Hormone Panel is an excellent starting place for evaluating hormone function. This panel tests both reproductive (sex) hormones as well as adrenal function.

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Urine Thyroid Testing

Thyroid hormones help regulate heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure and weight. Stand tests may underestimate the incidence of thyroid disease. A 24-hour urine collection can be used to help determine if symptoms are thyroid related. Symptoms related to lack of thyroid hormone are depression, fatigue, cold body temperature, arthritis, and muscle cramps, headaches, weight gain and poor reflexes.

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Unexplained Chronic Illness and Fatigue?

Consider chronic Lyme disease and other coinfections.
Dr. Jeffrey J. Hunt utilizes specialty Lyme disease diagnostic testing and comprehensive treatment.
Treatment may include addressing sleep disorders, digestion, diet and nutrition, allergies, other infections, hormonal and neurotransmitter disorders, exercise and detoxification.
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