What does bioidentical mean?
The hormones used by Dr. Selma are chemically the same as those produced by your own body. Because they are molecularly identical, you're body benefits from them in exactly the same way.
How do I know if I need BHRT?
If you are experiencing symptoms, chances are your hormones are not balanced. A simple, inexpensive blood test determines current levels, and Dr. Selma takes great care to provide detailed information to help you make an informed and confident decision about BHRT.
I'm approaching menopause age. Should I wait to start BHRT treatment?
The longer you wait, the more time you give your body to start declining in health. In women, the female cycle of estrogen and progesterone keeps the whole body in balance. When women lose this cycle, the body accelerates in the degenerative process. The longer you wait, the more you will age.
I'd always thought that hormone therapy was for women. How is it suitable for men too?
Testosterone is the major male hormone. From head to toe, testosterone is crucial to every cell function in the body. Men never have zero testosterone, but their levels begin to decline with advancing age. This directly correlates with loss of vitality and health, as well as the advancement of age-related diseases.
Can BHRT help me deal with stress?
Hormone balance is critical to stress management. Women typically report anxiety and poor stress management with perimenopause and menopause. Once hormones are in balance, it becomes much easier to handle the normal stresses of life, and any adrenal fatigue can begin to recover.
What does BHRT have to do with libido?
Libido has many components. Prolonged mental stress, which leads to adrenal fatigue can contribute to infertility as well as low a libido. It seems to be nature's way of protecting women from reproduction during periods of stress. After menopause, libido typically declines rapidly as the interaction of hormones from the adrenal glands and ovaries is lost. If adrenal glands are healthy, replacing hormones in the fluctuating ovarian pattern can restore libido. This will not happen if hormones are replaced in a non-fluctuating "static" dose. Some physicians chose to address this by giving testosterone to women; however, this is not a medically sound approach, and studies have shown negative long-term effects of replacing testosterone in women.
How long will I need to have hormone treatment?
There is no evidence that hormone replacement will prolong your life span. However, there is plenty of evidence that it will increase your quality of life, vitality, functionality and overall health. As long as you want these benefits, you can safely enjoy BHRT.
Will I put on weight during BHRT?
You will very likely begin to put on weight without hormone replacement. Aging women commonly complain they are eating less and exercising more than ever, but still cannot lose weight. If hormones are balanced, you will be able to easily achieve a stable weight as you did when you were young and healthy.
Are there any side-effects of hormone therapy?
As long as you take bioidentical hormones topically, and within physiological doses (doses that correspond to what your body produced) there have been no reported side effects. Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones your own body makes. The body makes these hormones in the years of optimum health, and when they are not made any more, health begins to decline. There have only been reported side effects of taking synthetic hormones, especially any type of synthetic Progesterone. Also remember, estrogen should never be taken by mouth as it increases the risk of blood clots.