What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy


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Definition of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical hormore replacement therapy is administered to maintain optimal hormone levels.

As men and women age hormone production declines. This causes significant changes in the body including lack of energy, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, and loss of libido. These and many other symptoms of aging can be alleviated with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) as prescribed by ThriveMD Vail or Denver.

More importantly, hormone therapy helps men and women reduce the risks of many of the diseases associated with aging, including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke and senility.

Effects of BHRT

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy will not reverse aging. The goal of natural hormone therapy is to maintain sound levels of hormones to alleviate symptoms and reduce the risks of acquiring many of the diseases associated with aging. The benefits of BHRT include increased energy, weight loss, diminished difficulty of sleeping and improved libido.

Knowing which hormones to replenish and how to adjust the levels for optimal results requires specialized tests and training. Scott Brandt, M.D. has undergone extensive training in diagnosing, treating, monitoring and adjusting hormone levels for both men and women.

Effects include increased energy, weight loss, diminished difficulty of sleeping, improved libido, lowered risk of the diseases of aging.

Safety of Bioidentical Hormones

Unlike bioidentical hormones, many of the commonly prescribed synthetic hormones introduce foreign substances that produce toxic by-products, which can cause a wide array of side effects and more serious conditions such as an increased risk of cancer and heart disease.  Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is safe and free of the risks associated with synthetic hormones.

Today, natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional (synthetic) hormone replacement therapy. Studies have shown the long term health benefits of natural hormone optimization reduces the risks of the diseases associated with aging (i.e. cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke and senility).

Bioidentical hormones are safe and more effective because they are biologically identical to the molecular structure of the hormones found in your body. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is free of the risks associated with synthetic hormones.

Alleged Heart Health Risks

Several newspapers in early 2014 cited a flawed study that was retrospective, poorly designed, and implied negative cardiovascular effects from testosterone treatment. This could not be further from the truth. There are numerous studies documenting the beneficial cardiovascular effects from testosterone optimization. Read our blog post for a more detailed review.

Alleged Prostate Health Risks

There have been numerous studies documenting no increased risk of prostate cancer with testosterone supplementation. A well-known Harvard urologistDr. Abraham Morgentaler, has devoted a large piece of his career to studying this issue. Prostate cancer is almost always contracted later in life when testosterone levels have significantly declined.

Types of Bioidentical Hormones

Below is a partial list of hormones typically tested and considered for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at ThriveMD:

  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA
  • Thyroid
  • Melatonin
  • Pregnenolone

For a detailed description of each of the above hormones and their respective effects for both men and women, please visit our page dedicated to types of bioidentical hormones.

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BHRT Treatment Plan

  • 1. Consultation to discuss medical history and the benefits of BHRT.

  • 2. Serum level testing of initial hormone levels.

  • 3. Follow-up consultation to discuss results and recommended treatment program.

  • 4. Hormone prescriptions written and the importance of patient compliance is emphasized.

  • 5. Patient begins hormone therapy.

  • 6. Repeat serum testing to ensure optimal levels have been obtained.

  • 7. Follow-up visit to discuss results and recommend any necessary changes.

To schedule your hormone evaluation, please contact us today.

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Why Choose ThriveMD for Your Hormone Therapy

Dr. Brandt, hormone physician and medical director

ThriveMD’s hormone doctor Scott Brandt, MD, relies on extensive blood testing and thorough patient evaluations to formulate an optimal hormone replacement regimen specifically tailored to each patient. A good example are testosterone pellets for women and men.This personalized program includes prescription management and unlimited consultations throughout the year.

Most of ThriveMD’s hormone patients experience renewed energy, increased libido and improved sense of well-being soon after beginning their BHRT regimen. However, the primary focus of BHRT is the long-term health benefit of reducing the risk of the diseases associated with aging.

What BHRT Patients Say


ThriveMD is delighted to receive hormone replacement therapy reviews on Facebook and Google – if you are a patient, we encourage you to share your experience. To read more patient reviews, please visit our BHRT testimonials page.

“I came to Dr. Brandt after fighting an escalating cholesterol problem compounded by a lack of testosterone in my system. After some analysis and looking into my current conditions Dr Brandt created a plan for my specific situation and it was put into motion. Today after my 6 week checkup I was talking with Dr. Brandt about not realizing how lousy I originally felt with my very low testosterone situation and worrying about my cholesterol which seemed to keep rising even though I was adjusting my diet and exercise. Today I can say that my cholesterol went from 238 to 183 in 6 weeks and my testosterone levels continue to recover which has me feeling good again. The effect of his treatments has left me feeling solid and encouraged about my future and ability to keep enjoying the things I love to do outside! If you feel like you got run over by a bus every day, take some action. There is help available.”

John from Vail Valley, Colorado, email
“Now that I’ve reached my very late 60’s I realize how lucky I am. Dr. Brandt has been treating me with HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) for 2 years and the results have been Tremendous.

I’m now stronger and more vibrant than ever. This season I skied 53 days without any incidents….pure pleasure and always with a smile on my face.

Life is certainly getting better with HRT and Dr. Brandt and his staff have been great. One of the most amazing things has been the result of my last bone density test. I went from osteopenia to NORMAL. Wow!

Thanks to Dr. Brandt and everyone at ThriveMD….you’re the best!!!”Susan, part-time Vail, Colorado resident, Vitals.com

Next Step

If you believe you or someone you care about could be a candidate for natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, please contact us today.