For women in menopause and perimenopause, declining hormone levels can lead to symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, depression and low sex drive (not to mention hot flashes and vaginal dryness).

“Women feel they are not themselves,” says Dr. Sue Decotiis, a specialist in hormone replacement therapy. “Their quality of life begins to just disintegrate,” adds Dr. Gary Donovitz of the Institute for Hormonal Balance.

Introducing BHRT

To address these issues, more women are turning to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which does not pose the health risks associated with synthetic hormones, such as increased risk of stroke, heart disease and breast cancer.

“'The benefits of properly prescribed BHRT are myriad—feeling better, more energy, even looking younger.'” 

“Because bioidentical hormones are structurally and biochemically identical to those produced by the body, they work better and are metabolized more easily,” says Dr. Decotiis. BHRT also offers a better delivery system than the shots, injections and creams used to administer synthetic hormones, which can produce a “roller coaster ride,” as Dr. Donovitz puts it, where hormone levels increase for a short while and then decline.

In the BioTE method used by Dr. Donovitz, cardio-activated pellets are inserted behind the hip, above the buttocks, where they release hormones based on cardiac output. “Only pellets will give you an optimal range of hormones and keep you there for three, four or five months,” says Dr. Donovitz.

Added benefits

Because BHRT doesn’t have the side effects or health risks of synthetic hormone replacement, it can do much more than relieve hot flashes. “The benefits of properly prescribed BHRT are myriad—feeling better, more energy, even looking younger,” says Dr. Decotiis.

Dr. Donovitz adds that optimizing hormone levels with BHRT can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. “No matter what your age,” he says, “you should be able to feel your best.”