BHRT Bio-Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy has garnered much attention because this approach to balancing individual hormones has many benefits. In selecting hormone treatment, the bio-identical route is particularly beneficial as the compounded ingredients are from plant based sources. Bio- identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is unique to every individual and based on much testing. The hormones are adjusted to the levels that are best for the individual and are identical to hormones already produced by our bodies. Our bodies’ receptors optimally respond to these hormones as they are identical to those we naturally generate. BHRT is used to meet the patient’s specific needs, eliminating the unwanted and often unpleasant side effects of the previously popular synthetic HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy).
Naturopathic doctor, Kim Townsend, practises at the Townsend Naturopathic Clinic in Burlington, Ontario. She has a special focus on hormonal health. She assesses a patient’s hormonal status using saliva testing and/or bloodwork. She may prescribe bio-identical estrogen and/or progesterone creams, or dessicated thyroid to her patients if needed. She also works closely with Dr. Kim Ireland, a Burlington based medical doctor in the same building, to help patients obtain other hormones that are unavailable to naturopaths.
Dr. Kim Townsend, ND has extensive education and experience in the field of bio-identical hormones. She has attended many conferences and courses specific to BHRT and functional medicine. She has also worked closely with Toronto based gynecologist, Dr. Alvin Pettle, who has been a pioneer in the education and promotion of bio-identical hormones in Canada. Dr. Kim has been practising in the Hamilton, Dundas, Burlington, and Oakville areas since 2000.
BHRT is used for a number of hormonal imbalances which include the following;
Hot flashes and night sweats
Poor memory or concentration
Irregular menstrual cycles
Endometriosis and ovarian cysts