Understanding Bio-Identical Hormone Treatment

Bio-Identical hormone therapy (BHRT) is used by skilled naturopathic physicians to treat peri-menopausal or menopausal symptoms or other hormone imbalances. Bio-identical hormones are typically derived from plant extracts, such as soybeans or Mexican wild yam, extracted and formulated to resemble the hormones naturally produced in the female body. This differs from conventional hormone therapies, which are derived from the estrogen of pregnant horses and progesterone that is synthetically made. 

Bio-Identical hormones treat:

  • Insomnia

  • Hot flashes 

  • Anxiety

  • Low energy

  • Low libido

  • Cognitive difficulties

 

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Dr. Heather Krebsbach ND has successfully used BHRT for over 10 years here in Portland. She combines a careful understanding of your lab work with other components of your lifestyle that may be affecting your health. Understanding factors such as stress, adrenal fatigue, thyroid status and digestive health helps her create a full diagnosis and treatment plan. 

There are many options for administration of the hormones once the best path forward is determined. Patches, creams, gels, suppositories or sublingual troches are all options based on what fits with your lifestyle. Dr. Krebsbach monitors hormone levels throughout the treatment to insure you’re getting the safest and most effective hormone treatment possible. 

Benefits of HRT

  • Improves brain/cognitive function

  • Relieves hot flashes

  • Decreases vaginal pain and irritation 

  • Slows aging skin

  • Increases libido and “sex life” 

  • Improves bone strength

  • Decreases incontinence and frequent urinary tract infections

  • Decreases Coronary Artery Disease (in women under 60)

 Menopause and peri-menopause can be difficult transitions. There are many questions to answer and treatment options to consider. If you’re considering bio-identical therapy make an appointment with Dr. Heather Krebsbach at our NE Portland location today!