Bioidentical Hormone Replacement in Nashville, TN
Every day we meet hundreds of men and women who have tried hormone replacement therapy before with undesirable results. In some cases, symptoms even became worse while taking hormone replacement. Fortunately, help is available through all-natural solutions. Regenerative and Restorative medicine specialist Dr. Morgan Moor specializes in safe and effective bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for those living in Nashville, Franklin and nearby towns in Tennessee at her Brentwood office.
Our bodies depend on a variety of hormones to carry out numerous biological functions. In addition to governing and regulating the reproductive system, hormones also regulate the functions of the immune system, nervous system, circadian rhythm and cardiovascular system. Hormones even affect mood, blood glucose, growth, healing capacity and physical development. When natural hormone levels become altered, changes occur in your body, with many of them being troubling or uncomfortable. Perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause are periods in life when production of key hormones diminishes or stops completely. These periods are marked by many symptoms. Fortunately, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) provides a safe, effective and natural solution to these common symptoms of the natural aging process. BHRT is designed to naturally regulate the production of the hormones that your body requires for optimal wellness.
Dr. Moor performs a range of diagnostic tests and evaluations to help assess the personalized hormone therapy for each patient. We use bioidentical hormones derived naturally from plant sources, such as wild yam or soy, which is processed in a laboratory to precisely match the hormones produced by the human body. Dr. Moor prefers the delivery method of subcutaneous BHRT pellets, while creams and BLA (Bioavailable Lymphatic Absorption) tablets are viable alternatives. Most patches, although bio-identical at their core have synthetic additives, and have not been found to be better or worse for patients. Synthetic injections of testosterone are also available for those that would prefer this option.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are derived from plants, such as yams or soybeans, and processed to be identical to those found in humans, so our bodies cannot detect the difference, allowing them to bind to the respective receptors just like our own natural hormones. As a result, bioidentical hormones behave in the body exactly as natural hormones, creating the same biological effects. When administered correctly and responsibly by a licensed specialist such as Dr. Moor, BHRT is extremely effective and has a very low incidence of serious side effects, making it an ideal way to support the health and proper functioning of the tissues, cells, and organs in the body. Dr. Moor is highly experienced in the use of bio-identical hormones and will carefully determine the exact dose and treatment to address your individual deficiency and imbalance. Most artificial hormones synthesized by pharmaceutical companies have a bioidentical hormone base to their products and do offer some degree of effectiveness, but Dr. Moor prefers to try to stay close to what our own bodies would produce without the additives. It is very similar to processed food versus whole organic foods.
Dr. Morgan Moor discusses balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormones in the form of pellets placed under the skin in the subcutaneous fat.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormones profoundly affect nearly every aspect of our health, regulating everything from sexual function to metabolism and weight gain. Estrogen alone performs more than 300 key functions in the human body, and factors such as menopause may affect your entire body, making you feel out of sorts.
BHRT provides an effective, natural method for restoring natural hormonal balance so you can return to being your normal, vibrant self. At New Life Physicians, we believe hormone replacement therapy should provide sufficient quantities of deficient hormones in a formulation that most closely matches the body’s endogenous (internal) hormones. Because every patient’s needs and imbalances are different, Dr. Moor works with each patient as a partner to determine the best prescription for a customized bio-identical hormone therapy treatment that addresses your individual concerns and condition.
Bioidentical Hormones and BHRT
Bioidentical vs. Synthetic Hormones
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is commonly referred to as natural hormone replacement because biochemists alter natural, plant-based hormones to exactly mimic the body’s own hormones. The raw materials for bioidentical hormones are derived from substances found in soy and wild yam. Once extracted, they’re chemically altered to replicate the body’s natural hormones down to the precise molecular structure. Your body will recognize and respond to bio-identical hormones as though they were natural hormones produced by the body itself, which may reduce the risk of unwanted and harmful side effects.
Bioidentical hormone therapy in the form of pellet therapy represents one of the safest and most advanced options available in hormone therapy, particularly due to the route of administration. Millions of women are familiar with synthetic hormone replacement treatments, such as Provera and Premarin, which are composed of synthetic forms of progesterone and estrogen respectively. Premarin is produced from the concentrated urine of pregnant horses, substances that are foreign to the human body and hence not easily accepted by the body. These synthetic, non-human hormones easily proved unacceptable as a solution for many women struggling with low or imbalanced hormones. Fortunately, BHRT offers an excellent alternative to Premarin and Provera.
As a note, it has not been proven that BHRT is safer or more effective than synthetic hormones. Most women and men feel better and have proven (lab studies) better outcomes with BHRT in the form of pellet therapy over all other options available.
At New Life Physicians, Dr. Moor prescribes only the highest quality bioidentical hormones when creating a personalized hormone replacement treatment plan for our patients, providing the highest level of safety, efficacy, and reliability.
BHRT Keeps Hormones Balanced Safely
To simplify, the human body is much like a motor vehicle: several chemical substances keep it functioning properly and protected from damage. Oil lubricates moving parts, minimizing the friction that would otherwise cause them to wear out rapidly. Additionally, engine coolant, fuel, antifreeze, brake fluid and wiper fluid all have a specific function. Each performs a unique task that contributes to the smooth function of the entire machine. When fluid levels in your car run low, you replenish them to keep your car running smoothly.
Similarly, hormone levels in the body must be maintained to ensure proper bodily functions. Each hormone performs unique functions. When one or more hormones become imbalanced or depleted, negative effects result. Luckily, BHRT helps maintain the proper levels and balance of these hormones, helping your body function at its best. It isn’t a matter of simply adding more hormones to your system or altering their balance: you must receive the correct hormones in the precise dosages.
BHRT is gaining popularity in both the media and the medical profession, as celebrities who seem to never grow older speak out in support of its miraculous effects. The personalized hormone replacement therapy provided by Dr. Moor at New Life Physicians combines BHRT with other healthy lifestyle recommendations, such as nutritional supplements, diet, and exercise to help patients feel their best.
Curb the Effects of Pre-Menopause, Menopause, and Post-Menopause
Many doctors lack the experience, knowledge, and experience required to treat the symptoms of menopause, post-menopause and pre-menopause. Hence, millions of women suffer needlessly from these undesirable and easily treatable symptoms. The symptoms associated with menopause, as well as other types of hormone imbalance, can range from being mildly annoying to seriously detracting from your quality of life. The most common symptoms of menopause-related imbalances include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Loss of bone density (osteoporosis)
- Decreased muscle mass
- Increased body fat
- Loss of volume and elasticity in the skin
- Vaginal dryness and lack of interest in sex
- Mood swings
- Decreased self-esteem
BHRT has been shown to reduce the symptoms associated with menopause and other hormonal imbalances when combined with diet, exercise, and the appropriate nutritional supplements to create an all-encompassing treatment regimen.
Possible Benefits of BHRT
Our patients report many benefits when balancing their hormones with bioidentical hormone treatment. Among the most common benefits are:
- Increased libido and vaginal lubrication
- Increased muscle mass, possibly resulting in decreased body fat
- Increased bone density
- Reduced frequency of hot flashes and night sweats
- Reduced pain and inflammation in the joints and muscles
- Reduced mood swings
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps women look and feel younger and enjoy an improved quality of life.
Although not all visible signs of aging are related to hormone deficiencies, many can be effectively treated with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Residents of Nashville, Franklin or the surrounding communities of Tennessee are invited to contact our friendly office in Brentwood to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moor and learn more about bioidentical hormone therapy.