Thoughts and ideas from Dr. Sheila Hughes Weight Loss & Wellness
Your guide to BHRT in Brentwood and Encino
June 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Dr. Sheila Hughes Weight Loss & Wellness

When menopause hits, it’s easy to feel as though nothing will be in balance again. Fortunately, the last few decades have seen significant advances in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. At Dr. Sheila Hughes Weight Loss, BHRT & Wellness, we offer Sottopelle bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to our patients throughout Brentwood and Encino. If this is a treatment option you’d like to explore, now’s the time to learn more about it.

What is BHRT?

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is an approache to treating the hormonal imbalances that occur during both menopause for women and andropause for men. BHRT involves using hormones that are chemically matched to the ones you’re already producing. These hormones are produced using extracts from natural plants such as yams and soy.

Much like traditional hormone replacement therapy, BHRT aims to balance some of the symptoms you’ll experience following the onset of menopause. I often recommend it to my patients who are struggling to lose weight during their peri-menopausal and menopausal periods. In addition to reducing weight gain, BHRT can help you:

  • Combat hot flashes
  • Reduce night sweats
  • Sleep better at night
  • Avoid mood swings

Overall, the effects BHRT can have on your life make a tremendous difference to your wellbeing. Regardless of how long your menopausal symptoms last, being able to delay them or offset them makes it easier for you to enjoy the later years of your life.

Why is SottoPelle bio-identical hormone replacement therapy different?

SottoPelle bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is only available via physicians who have undertaken the correct training. As one of those physicians, we are proud to offer it to our patients throughout Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Encino, and other areas of Los Angeles.

SottoPelle bio-identical hormone replacement therapy was developed by an OB/GYN who dedicated his career to researching menopause and improving the symptoms that come with it. After years of research and analysis, Dr. Tutera created a bio-identical pellet hormone delivery system that his patients found easy to use. The pellet system is the closest you can get to mimicking the functions that your ovaries perform. As such, it’s believed to be safer than traditional hormone replacement therapy, which depends on a non-identical and entirely synthesized hormone delivery system.

As the pellet delivery system is gradual, you won’t experience any large hormone surges each time you use it. Instead, it moves in line with your body and subtly makes changes to the symptoms that accompany the menopause. The system is intuitive enough to deliver more hormones when your body demands them, such as when you’re exercising or feeling stressed.

Finally, one of the biggest benefits of SottoPelle bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is that you don’t need to frequently rub in a cream or take a pill. This makes it easier to adhere to the treatment once I’ve initiated it.

Why should you choose BHRT over other treatments?

The aim of BHRT is to prevent your body from recognizing the difference between your therapeutic hormones and the ones you’re producing. Theoretically, this means that you reduce the risks that come with traditional hormone replacement therapy. For women who are worried about exacerbating their cancer profile or experiencing a blood clot, this is excellent news.

You may also prefer BHRT if you don’t like the idea of long-term chemical-based treatments. Although the hormones found in BHRT are synthesized in a lab setting, they come from plants. If you’re interested in SottoPelle bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, you can arrange an appointment by calling 424-208-3093.