Robert Zimmerman, M.D. – Texas Bioidentical Hormones
There has been controversy on the topic of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for the last 15 years. Negative attitudes drastically dominate the media since 2002. Combine this with the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study that was halted three years ago because of health risks, it has caused a confusion for women trying to make an informed decisions on their health.
Let’s shed a little light on the confusion. First, the WHI study and the subsequent media reports about BHRT are based on Commercial BHRT only. They are based off findings about the combination of conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone (called PremPro). Thus, when you hear about HRT in the news, this is what they are referring to.
There are alternatives. Over-the-counter, there are products containing phytoestrogens, and topical products containing low-dose progesterone. These will provide temporary relief in PMS, perimenopausal, and menopausal symptoms. Long-term benefits and improved health can be achieved through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, a prescription alternative.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is for men too. You are not alone in this. Biologically equivalent Hormone Replacement therapy achieves the sustained levels of testosterone that would be produced by normally functioning testicles. This form of therapy is the only kind that produces the natural level of hormone that men need. Because the testosterone used is totally natural, it is ideal for men wanting the benefits of a bio-equivalent hormone, without the drawbacks of a synthetic.
Symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men include fatigue, lack of mental acuity, loss of libido, and difficulty achieving, or sustaining erection.
What is Bio-Equivalent Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a prescription alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy (conjugated estrogens, medroxyprogesterone, etc.).
Bioidentical medications are plant-derived, and chemically changed in a laboratory until they are identical to what your body would naturally produce. BHRT is customizable; in other words, it can be adjusted to fit your needs, unlike conventional HRT, which has a few standard dosage strengths.
What are the goals of BHRT?
- Alleviate symptoms caused by the natural decrease in hormone production in the body
- Reestablish the individual’s hormonal balance
- Provide protective benefits that were originally provided by the body’s naturally occurring hormones
What are the benefits of BHRT?
BHRT offers a number of health-related benefits:
- Helps in the prevention of Osteoporosis and restoration of bone strength
- Protection against heart disease and stroke
- Reduced hot flashes and reduced vaginal dryness
- Muscle mass and strength are better maintained
- Improvement in cholesterol levels
- Risk of depression reduced
- Reduced risk of breast and endometrial cancer
- Improved libido
- Prevention of senility and Alzheimer’s Disease
- Improved sleep
- Mood, concentration, and memory become better
- Far fewer unwanted effects than synthetic hormones
Robert O. Zimmerman, M.D. is an Internal Medicine Physician specializing in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine with 12 years in private practice. Dr. Zimmerman has offices in Richardson, Temple and Paris, Texas. He is currently accepting new patients for bioidentical hormone therapy.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a prescription alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical medications are plant-derived, and chemically changed in a laboratory until they are identical to what your body would naturally produce. BHRT is customizable; in other words, it can be adjusted to fit your needs, unlike conventional HRT, which has a few standard dosages.
Dr. Zimmerman, aware of the growing demand for a natural alternative to synthetic hormone replacement therapy, began to seek out options available. In his search for a safer, more effective way of treating patients with sometimes debilitating hormone deficencies he discovered subcutaneous Bioidentical hormone pellets to be the superior choice in hormone replacement therapy.