Managing PCOS with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Reviewed by Dr. Kenton Bruice, MD

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal disorder that affects many women across the globe, characterized by symptoms like weight gain, irregular periods, and excessive hair growth.

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In this blog, we will discuss how BHRT can help manage PCOS for improved quality of life.

What is PCOS?

PCOS is a condition caused by hormonal imbalances in the female body, particularly involving the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These imbalances lead to issues like insulin resistance, menstrual cycle disruptions, and androgen level increases, contributing to symptoms such as:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
  • Excessive hair growth on the face and body
  • Hair loss
  • Acne and oily skin
  • Large cysts on the ovaries
  • Infertility

The Role of BHRT in Managing PCOS

Bioidentical hormone therapy addresses the specific hormone imbalances contributing to PCOS symptoms. Unlike traditional hormone therapies, BHRT uses hormones that are chemically identical to those our bodies naturally produce, offering a more natural and potentially less disruptive treatment method.

BHRT works by balancing testosterone, estrogen and progesterone levels, which can:

  • Regulate menstrual cycles
  • Reduce symptoms of insulin resistance
  • Decrease androgen levels, impacting excessive hair growth and acne
  • Improve mood and energy levels

Key Benefits of BHRT for PCOS

  • Reduction in symptoms: Through the regulation of hormone levels, BHRT can alleviate many of the discomforts associated with PCOS, such as menstrual irregularities and hirsutism (excessive body hair).
  • Personalized treatment plans: BHRT is tailored to each individual’s unique hormonal needs, ensuring a more effective and personalized treatment plan.
  • Improved quality of life: By addressing the root causes of hormone imbalance, women can experience significant improvements in their overall wellbeing and day-to-day symptoms.

Start Your BHRT Journey With Dr. Kenton Bruice

  1. Hormone testing: At your initial consultation, Dr. Bruice will order blood tests to understand your specific hormone imbalances. The lab panel consists of estradiol, progesterone, total and free testosterone, thyroid level, DHEA, and human growth hormone testing. 
  2. Customized treatment plan: Within one week of your appointment, you will receive your lab tests and suggested treatment plan.
  3. Regular monitoring and adjustments: Two months after you start hormone therapy, you will see Dr. Bruice for a followup appointment to ensure that your symptoms are subsiding. You will have your blood drawn again to see how your body is absorbing the hormones. After your two-month follow-up, you will only need to see Dr. Bruice annually or on an as needed basis. You can contact him by email free of charge if you have any questions or concerns.

Lifestyle Factors to Consider

In addition to BHRT, lifestyle factors play a crucial role in managing PCOS. Women are encouraged to:

  • Maintain a healthy diet rich in whole foods
  • Engage in regular physical activity
  • Manage stress through mindfulness practices
  • Get enough quality sleep each night

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy in Denver

PCOS can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life.  However, with the help of BHRT and lifestyle changes, you can be free of the uncomfortable effects and begin to live life to the fullest.

If you are looking for a ‘PCOS specialist near me’, book an appointment with Dr. Bruice to see how BHRT can help you manage your symptoms and greatly improve your quality of life.

To book an appointment at our Denver location, call (303) 957-6686. For our Aspen location, call (970) 925-6655. Questions? Complete our online inquiry form.

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