Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapies (BHRT) at Helen Taylor Aesthetics Clinic in Rugby
Taking Back the Years: Regaining Your Old Self with Dr Pipi Drucker
Find yourself repeatedly blaming your hormones (or the lack of them) for things going wrong? Are you struggling in middle-age to maintain the energy levels, self-confidence and mental focus that you had just a few years ago? Do you feel the normally vibrant you disappearing before your eyes?
If you can answer 'Yes' to any of these questions, then you can be fairly sure that your sexual hormones are in decline and that as a result the ageing process is starting to really get moving. Fortunately, these days you don't have to just live with it: we can offer you bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), a programme of sexual hormone treatments taken daily as capsules, creams, gels and/or skin patches to help you take back the years, largely halting and often partially reversing the ageing process.
Since all these treatments involve prescription medicines, to provide you with BHRT we've teamed up with Dr Pipi Drucker, a leading practitioner in this field, who has racked up an impressive success rate in providing these treatments.
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What is BHRT?
BHRT is a programme of treatment with sexual hormones that replace the hormones you lose as you age, particularly once you enter the menopause (for women) or the andropause (for men), and whose presence restores much of the balance and energy you had when younger and when your body's own hormones were working well. The hormones used in the therapy consist mostly of testosterone, progesterone and oestradiol, but also lesser known hormones such as DHEA and pregnenolone.
What Are The Benefits of BHRT?
In halting and partially reversing many aspects of the ageing process, BHRT has a long list of health benefits, largely reversing many of the problems that develop during both the female menopause and male andropause.
Some of the benefits can be felt within a few weeks of starting treatment, while others may take a number of months to become apparent. Don't expect any overnight changes! A summary of the most critical benefits includes:
✓ Restoration of energy and stamina levels;
✓ Improved physical strength (particularly for men);
✓ Improved mental capacity and ability to focus;
✓ Improved sleep patterns;
✓ Increased personal confidence and general positivity;
✓ Decreased anxiety and stress (particularly in women);
✓ Increased libido and sexual function;
✓ Increased bone strength, and hence protection from osteoporosis (especially for women);
✓ Improved cardiac health, and hence protection from cardiovascular disease;
✓ Improved blood cholesterol and lipid levels, again providing protection from cardiovascular disease.
How is BHRT different from HRT?
You may well say that, since HRT is already available free on the NHS, why would we pay for BHRT? What is different that makes it better than HRT? Here are the main differences:
✓ All the hormones used are bio-identical, meaning they are chemically identical to those occuring naturally in our bodies. Some bio-identical hormones are already used in standard HRT, but synthetic progestins are still regularly used, and other important – but lesser known-about hormones – aren't used at all;
✓ Since all hormones used in BHRT are bio-identical there are none of the negative side-effects associated with the use of synthetic hormones (principally the synthetic progestins). As a result it is possible to continue a BHRT programme for many years without the need to stop;
✓ Since they are not identical to those occurring naturally in our bodies, the synthetic hormones often used in standard HRT are not able to have the full range of positive effects (listed above) possible with bio-identical hormones;
✓ Unlike standard HRT, where a one-size-fits-all standard treatment approach rules, in BHRT every treatment is tailored to each person's needs, ensuring that you get the hormones you need at the doses you need;
✓ BHRT works not only for women but for men too! Since the male andropause is so variable, it has been impossible to design a standard HRT programme to fit all men. However, since BHRT treatments are individually tailored it is possible to design a treatment protocol for each and every man.
Is BHRT Safe?
Over the past 20 years there have been a couple of highly publicised reports showing that there is a breast cancer risk from HRT, so why would anyone risk HRT these days?
There are several answers to this question:
✓ Both the principal studies concerned have been heavily criticised for inappropriate selection of patient groups, inappropriate use of the data, use of the data out of context, all of which put their findings in serious doubt. These doubts have never received the level of general publicity that the original reports managed;
✓ Even if HRT gives a small increase in the risk of breast cancer – as suggested by these studies – this increased risk is dwarfed by much more serious risk factors. Obesity and alcohol consumption, for example, are known to cause a far greater increase in the risk of breast cancer than HRT;
✓ As already mentioned, BHRT has fewer side-effects than standard HRT, and this is believed to included a zero increase in risk of breast cancer. However, this has yet to be proved definitively as there have yet to be a large number of detailed studies comparing BHRT with standard HRT;
✓ Few people have bothered to turn the question of HRT's safety on its head, namely: what are the risks of not receiving hormone therapy? It is well known that when hormone levels decline in menopausal women levels of a host of age-related illnesses increase, most especially osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, strokes, and mental illness, to name just a few. Cardiovasular disease, for example, kills far more women in the UK every year than breast cancer. For this reason, a prolonged programme of BHRT is almost certainly far more protective of an ageing person's health in general than being without hormones could ever be.
How Do You Provide BHRT?
Our whole BHRT programme is run by our great friend Dr Pipi Drucker. She is based in Devon, so although she doesn't come to visit us very often, she is always able to provide online consultations, and puts no limitations on the goals of helping to provide your health needs.
So, when any man or woman comes to us considering a BHRT programme we go through the following process:
1. We put her in touch with Dr Drucker, who then conducts an in-depth consultation, which will include a number of forms for you to fill in, such as you medical history. All information you provide will remain confidential with Dr Drucker.
2. We take a small sample of blood from you. This is then sent off to Dr Drucker's chosen laboratory, in London, where you hormone levels are analysed.
3. Dr Drucker sees the results, and based on these comes up with a programme and a strategy for you to follow.
4. After a second consultation with you, and if you're in agreement, you pay for the consultation process and the necessary hormone prescrIption, after which Dr Drucker will confirm the prescription with her chosen pharmacy, also in London.
5. The hormones are sent to your home, and you start using them immediately.
6. After about 10 weeks you have a follow-up with Dr Drucker to see how you are doing on the hormones. At this stage it may or may not be necessary to tweak the hormone levels to adapt to your needs.
7. Each hormone prescription provides enough to last three months. So you will need to ask Dr Drucker for a new prescription four times a year.
8. You'll need to have a follow-up consultation once a year to check on the effectiveness of the programme and how you are feeling. Women will also need to have a pelvic scan once a year.
Men typically receive testosterone as a gel or cream, progesteron as capsules and DHEA also as capsules, all to be taken once a day. The doses will vary from one man to another.
Women typically receive daily progesterone as a capsule or cream, DHEA and pregnenolone as capsules, and oestradiol as a cream, gel or skin patch. If skin patches are used, they need to be changed every couple of days. Testosterone cream may also be given, though at doses about one-tenth of those given to men.
Due to the safety of BHRT, you can stay on the treatment for as many years as you wish.
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