Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
If your quality of life is being negatively affected by age-related hormonal changes, you may be a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) at our Rochester, NY-area practice in Victor. After evaluating your symptoms and hormone levels, we customize and monitor your treatment plan to address symptoms associated with menopause in women and andropause (low testosterone) in men.
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
The body’s endocrine system produces hormones to send messages to other parts of the body, regulating functions like growth, metabolism, stress response, and sexual health. When these powerful chemicals fall out of balance, even slightly, it can result in several unwanted symptoms. Bioidentical hormones replacement therapy is derived from plant-based sources, which are identical on a molecular level with our endogenous hormones. Unlike pre-formulated synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones can be customized for your individual needs.
The list of bioidentical hormones we use for treatment include:
- Vitamin D
A compounding pharmacy creates the formulations of bioidentical hormones we use for treatment. The doses are carefully calibrated based on the results of your blood tests and then continually monitored and fine-tuned as needed.
Is BHRT Right for You?
Both women and men can benefit from BHRT to restore a healthy balance to their hormone levels and alleviate symptoms associated with menopause and andropause. Hormone replacement therapy for women going through menopause has a long history of research supporting it. Treating men with low testosterone levels (low T) using testosterone replacement therapy is a relatively newer concept, but it’s one that produces excellent results when monitored by a hormone specialist, such as Julie A. Chatt at Longevità Medical.
Women and men experiencing any of these symptoms, especially after age 40, may benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy:
In addition to those symptoms, women going through menopause may also experience hot flashes and night sweats, vaginal dryness, and hair loss. Other underlying conditions could be the cause of certain symptoms, so patients considering hormone replacement therapy should schedule a physical with a primary care physician before starting hormone therapy.
Common Therapies To Balance Hormones
Menopausal symptoms occur when our hormonal levels take a steep drop. Low-dose estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) or therapy combining estrogen with progesterone is commonly prescribed for women to treat these symptoms.
Men with low testosterone levels undergo hormone therapy to boost energy, treat erectile dysfunction (ED), increase muscle mass and strength, and maintain bone density.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQs
What types of estrogen therapy are there?
Women have choices when it comes to the form of hormone replacement therapy they use. The options for estrogen therapy include pills, skin patches, topical creams, gels, sprays, and vaginal suppositories or rings. There are benefits and downsides to each type, and patients make their choices after consulting with our specialist.
What types of testosterone therapy are there?
Testosterone replacement therapy can be delivered via pellets, injections, or topical creams. Pellets are inserted just below the skin through a small incision in the upper hip area. Many patients prefer this method because it’s convenient and quick. Injections produce quick results because testosterone is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Creams are easy to use but can rub off on clothes and pose risks for other family members.
How long do you stay on hormone replacement therapy?
The time a patient can supplement hormones depends on patients’ treatment plans and their conditions, medical histories, and goals. Men treating low testosterone with hormone supplements can continue HRT under the close monitoring of a medical practitioner for years. Similarly, women on HRT who are monitored at least annually can continue safely taking hormone supplements for years.
When does BHRT start to work?
How quickly you’ll notice the effects of BHRT depends on the delivery method. Testosterone injections, for example, can produce noticeable effects within 24 to 48 hours. Creams or pellets, on the other hand, take longer to reach optimal levels.
Request Your Consultation
Women and men considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy travel from Buffalo, Syracuse, and throughout western New York to Longevità Medical in Victor, NY. Julie Chatt is a certified BHRT provider and a board-certified family nurse practitioner with years of experience providing care to patients in a variety of settings. You can request a consultation using the online form or call our office at
(585) 244-1506 to schedule an appointment.