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BioIdentical Hormone Replacement in Manchester & Cheshire

Are you feeling fatigued, irritable, or experiencing other unpleasant symptoms of hormonal imbalances? At CLNQ in Cheshire & Manchester BioIdentical Hormone Replacement might be the solution you've been seeking. BioIdentical Hormones are synthetically made and structurally identical to human hormones found in the body. They are derived from plants but chemically modified to mimic the function of internally produced hormones.

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What happens during the consultation?

Every patient is individual when considering BioIdentical Hormone Replacement and each plan is bespoke to your needs. During your initial consultation we undertake a thorough medical history and explore symptoms you may be experiencing. We perform investigations such as blood tests or in some cases scans or imaging. The blood tests provide us with your hormone profile. If the hormone levels are consistent with the symptom experienced then we discuss options. The treatment plan always includes regular follow ups and ongoing monitoring.

We also discuss lifestyle changes that may help your symptoms. Some symptoms such as dryness may be improved with other forms of treatments such as Forma V. With BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Manchester & Cheshire patients will have a consultation with Dr Babamiri who is our specialist doctor. She will conduct an in-depth consultation covering many aspects of your symptoms and medical history. She will arrange further investigations such as blood hormone profiles as part of bespoke treatment plan. She will then prescribe your specialist prescription.

What are the benefits of BioIdentical Hormone Replacement?

One of the main advantages of BioIdentical Hormone Replacement is its ability to provide individualized treatment. Unlike conventional BioIdentical Hormone Replacement, which typically involves a one-size-fits-all approach, BHRT takes into account a person's unique hormone levels and symptoms. This personalized approach allows for targeted treatment and better outcomes. Additionally, because BioIdentical Hormones closely resemble the body's natural hormones, they are generally better tolerated and have a lower risk of side effects compared to synthetic hormones.

Many individuals who have tried BioIdentical Hormone Replacement report improvements in their overall well-being, including increased energy levels, improved mood, better sleep quality, and enhanced sexual function. Furthermore, BioIdentical Hormone Replacement has shown promising results in reducing the risk of certain age-related conditions, such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. By restoring hormone levels to a more youthful state, BHRT may help maintain bone density, improve cardiovascular health, and reduce the risk of age-related diseases.

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How is BioIdentical Hormone Replacement done?

BioIdentical Hormone Replacement is in the form of creams applied to the skin. This method will bypass the liver and gets absorbed into blood stream directly reducing side effects such as blood clots or thromboembolic events. Some hormones are given in tablet or capsule form.

How much are BioIdentical Hormone Replacement consultations?

The initial BioIdentical Hormone Replacement consultation is £250. During this, you will also require a blood test for your hormone profile. The blood tests start from £200. The follow up consultations are £125.

BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to feel the effect of BioIdentical Hormone Replacement therapy?

Many patients start feeling the effect of BioIdentical Hormone Replacement within 2-3 days. But it may take a few weeks to feel the full effect. How quickly an individual responds to BioIdentical Hormone Replacement depends on two things- Body and the dosage of the therapy.

Who should consider getting BioIdentical Hormone Replacement?

People who are over 40 should consider getting hormone replacement therapy. Also, anyone who is experiencing the symptoms related to menopause and andropause can also consider the therapy.

Why use hormone creams?

Studies recommend BioIdentical Hormone Replacement against hot flashes, night sweats, depression, and treating many other symptoms of menopause. It involves the use of hormone creams that compensate for the female hormones in such medical conditions.

What should I do before the therapy?

You will need to have an in-depth consultation with Dr. Babamiri. She is our specialist in BioIdentical Hormone Replacement. She will ask you some questions to know about your medical history. Furthermore, she will run blood tests, scans, or imaging. She will then arrange a treatment plan and prescribe you a specialist prescription.

Do I need to visit your clinic for regular checkups after the therapy?

During the first few months of the therapy, you will need regular follow-ups and testing. This is to make sure that each hormone component is in the proper balance. Once the balance is proper, you can visit less frequently.

What are the symptoms of hormone imbalances?

Hormonal imbalances can manifest in various ways, and the symptoms can vary depending on which hormones are affected. Here are some common symptoms associated with hormone imbalances in both men and women:

  • Fatigue: Feeling constantly tired, even after getting enough rest, can be a sign of hormonal imbalances. Hormones play a significant role in regulating energy levels, and imbalances can result in persistent fatigue.
  • Mood swings: Hormonal fluctuations can impact neurotransmitters in the brain, leading to mood swings, irritability, and even depression or anxiety.
  • Weight changes: Hormonal imbalances can contribute to unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight. Hormones influence metabolism and fat storage, and imbalances can disrupt these processes.
  • Low libido: Hormones play a crucial role in sexual desire and function. Imbalances can lead to a decreased sex drive and other sexual dysfunction.
  • Sleep disturbances: Hormone imbalances can disrupt sleep patterns, leading to difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing restful sleep.
  • Memory and cognitive issues: Hormones are involved in brain function, and imbalances can affect memory, concentration, and cognitive abilities.
  • Menstrual irregularities: Women may experience changes in their menstrual cycles, such as irregular periods, heavy or prolonged bleeding, or skipped periods.
  • Hot flashes and night sweats: Common in menopause, hot flashes and night sweats are caused by hormonal fluctuations and can significantly impact quality of life.
  • These are just a few examples of the many symptoms that can arise from hormone imbalances. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential to consult with a qualified healthcare provider to determine if BHRT may be a suitable treatment option for you.

Am I suitable for BioIdentical hormone replacement therapy?

BHRT can benefit individuals experiencing hormone imbalances due to various factors, including:

  1. Menopause: Women going through menopause often experience significant hormonal changes, resulting in symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.
  2. Perimenopause: The transitional phase leading up to menopause can also be accompanied by hormonal imbalances and related symptoms.
  3. Andropause: Often referred to as "male menopause," andropause is the term used to describe age-related hormonal changes in men. Symptoms may include fatigue, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, and mood swings.
  4. Thyroid disorders: Imbalances in thyroid hormones can lead to symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, and mood disturbances.
  5. Adrenal imbalances: Chronic stress can affect the adrenal glands, leading to imbalances in cortisol and other hormones. Symptoms may include fatigue, anxiety, and disrupted sleep patterns.

It's important to note that BioIdentical Hormone Replacement is not limited to these specific conditions. Anyone experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalances should consult with a qualified healthcare provider to determine if BHRT may be a suitable treatment option.

What is the difference between HRT and BioIdentical Hormone Replacement?

One of the key distinctions between BioIdentical Hormone Replacement in Manchester & Cheshire and conventional hormone replacement therapy is the source of the hormones used. Conventional hormone replacement therapy typically uses synthetic hormones, which are chemically different from the hormones naturally produced by the body. In contrast, BioIdentical hormones are derived from natural sources, such as plants, and have a molecular structure identical to the hormones produced by the body. The molecular similarity of BioIdentical hormones allows for better recognition and utilization by the body's hormone receptors, resulting in more effective symptom relief. Furthermore, because BioIdentical hormones closely mimic the body's natural hormones, they are generally better tolerated and have a lower risk of side effects compared to synthetic hormones. Another significant difference is the individualized approach of BHRT. Synthetic hormone replacement therapy typically involves standardized dosage forms, while BHRT takes into account the unique needs of each individual. Through comprehensive testing and analysis, healthcare providers can tailor BHRT to match a person's specific hormone levels and symptoms, optimizing treatment outcomes.

What is the process of BioIdentical Hormone Replacement?

The process of BHRT treatment typically involves several stages, including consultation, testing, treatment planning, and ongoing monitoring. Here is a general overview of what to expect:

  1. Consultation: During the initial consultation, you will discuss your symptoms, medical history, and treatment goals with your healthcare provider. This conversation will help determine if BHRT is appropriate for you and what specific tests may be needed.
  2. Hormone testing: To assess your hormone levels, your healthcare provider may order blood, saliva, or urine tests. These tests can provide valuable insights into your hormone balance and guide treatment decisions.
  3. Treatment planning: Based on the test results and your specific needs, your healthcare provider will create a customized treatment plan. This plan may involve prescribing BioIdentical hormones in the form of creams, gels, pellets, injections, or oral preparations.
  4. Treatment initiation: Once the treatment plan is established, you will begin using the prescribed BioIdentical hormones. Your healthcare provider will provide clear instructions on how to use the hormones, including dosage, timing, and any necessary precautions.
  5. Ongoing monitoring: BHRT requires regular monitoring to ensure optimal hormone levels and symptom relief. Your healthcare provider will schedule follow-up appointments to assess your progress, make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan, and address any concerns or questions you may have.
  6. Lifestyle modifications: In addition to BioIdentical Hormone Replacement, your healthcare provider may recommend lifestyle modifications to support hormonal balance. These may include changes in diet, exercise, stress management, and supplementation.

Remember, individual experiences with BHRT may vary, and it may take time to find the optimal hormone balance and dosage for your specific needs. Patience and ongoing communication with your healthcare provider are key to achieving the best results.

What are the risks of BioIdentical Hormone Replacement?

As with any medical treatment, BioIdentical Hormone Replacement carries potential risks and side effects. It is essential to be aware of these risks and discuss them with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. Some potential risks and side effects of BHRT include:

  1. Hormone-related cancers: There is ongoing debate and research regarding the potential link between hormonal therapies, including BioIdentical Hormone Replacement, and certain types of cancer. It is crucial to discuss your personal medical history, family history, and any risk factors with your healthcare provider.
  2. Hormone imbalances: Achieving the right hormone balance can be a complex process. It is possible to experience temporary imbalances or fluctuations during the adjustment phase of BHRT. These imbalances can result in symptoms such as mood swings, bloating, breast tenderness, or spotting.
  3. Allergic reactions: Some individuals may experience allergic reactions to the specific hormones or delivery methods used in BHRT. It is important to monitor for any signs of allergic reactions, such as skin rashes, itching, or difficulty breathing, and seek immediate medical attention if they occur.
  4. Interaction with other medications: BHRT may interact with certain medications, including blood thinners, insulin, and certain psychiatric medications. It is essential to provide your healthcare provider with a comprehensive list of all medications, supplements, and herbal remedies you are currently taking.
  5. Other potential risks: BHRT may carry additional risks for individuals with specific medical conditions, such as liver disease, cardiovascular disease, or a history of blood clots. It is crucial to discuss your medical history and any pre-existing conditions with your healthcare provider.

It's important to note that the risks and side effects associated with BHRT are generally considered low when prescribed and monitored by a qualified healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will take into account your individual health profile and carefully weigh the potential benefits against the possible risks before recommending BHRT.

What are the alternatives to BioIdentical Hormone Replacement?

While BioIdentical Hormone Replacement is a popular and effective option for hormone balance, it is not the only approach available. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, you may consider alternative options such as:

  1. Lifestyle modifications: Simple changes in diet, exercise, stress management, and sleep habits can have a significant impact on hormonal balance. Consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian for personalized guidance.
  2. Nutritional supplements: Certain supplements, such as black cohosh, chasteberry, and evening primrose oil, have been traditionally used to support hormonal balance. However, it's important to discuss the use of any supplements with your healthcare provider to ensure safety and effectiveness.
  3. Stress reduction techniques: Chronic stress can disrupt hormonal balance. Incorporating stress reduction techniques into your daily routine, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises, can help support hormonal equilibrium.
  4. Traditional hormone replacement therapy: Conventional hormone replacement therapy, using synthetic hormones, may still be a viable option for some individuals. It is important to discuss the potential benefits and risks with your healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

Ultimately, the best approach to hormonal balance will depend on your individual needs, preferences, and medical history. Consult with a qualified healthcare provider to explore the options available and determine the most suitable course of action for you.

Where can I get BioIdentical Hormone Replacement near me?

Our doctors can provide consultations in our clinics in Manchester and Cheshire. BioIdentical Hormone Replacement in Manchester is at our Deansgate Square clinic. BioIdentical Hormone Replacement in Cheshire is available at our Knutsford clinic. We can undertake some online or telephone consultations but blood tests will need to be done in clinic.

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