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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy services offered in Buffalo, NY

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) relieves hormone imbalance issues like mood swings, hot flashes, and low libido. At OWM Integrative Wellness, BHRT optimizes your whole-body wellness and quality of life. The experienced functional and integrative medicine providers perform extensive testing in their Buffalo, New York office, giving them the information they need to customize your BHRT for peak results. Request your appointment online or call the office for help today.   

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

Who needs bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) replaces and rebalances hormones. Your hormones play a critical role in virtually all aspects of your health, so when you start losing them, it really takes a toll on your body. 

Women can start pre-menopause as early as their 30s. Symptoms of hormone loss like mood swings, memory problems, and poor sleep can begin at that time and then increase, peaking at menopause (usually in your 40s or 50s). 

Men lose testosterone steadily after age 30. Symptoms like low libido, weight gain, and mood swings can all start around that time and increase over time. 

Starting BHRT as soon as you experience issues can prevent the awful effects of full-blown menopause or testosterone depletion.

How is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy unique?

Traditional hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic hormones that come from animal sources. In past studies, those synthetic animal-derived hormones were implicated in increasing bodywide inflammation and increasing the risk of ovarian and breast cancers. 

Bioidentical hormones are different because they’re sourced from natural plants. Evidence shows that bioidentical hormones are more than 90% identical to your hormones. 

You process and use bioidentical hormones just like you use your own hormones. A growing body of evidence shows that bioidentical hormones can actually protect against some cancers. 

How does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy work?

Because each person’s hormone needs are different, the OWM Integrative Wellness team performs extensive lab testing. Leonard Kaplan, DO, and Kim Howes, ND, work collaboratively to prescribe and administer customized BHRT in several ways, including:


Estrogen replacement is generally applied as a topical cream or an implantable capsule. 


Progesterone replacement is usually taken as a nightly oral capsule. Other options include troches (flavored lozenges), topical creams, or pellets implanted under the skin.


Testosterone comes in a few forms, including a topical cream, implantable pellets, and self-injections. If you opt for injections at home, the team teaches you how to do so safely and provides you with all of the injection materials you need.

The ultimate goal is true hormone optimization: replacing hormones and also improving whole-body wellness.

The team prescribes high-quality supplements, stress reduction therapies, nutritional support, and gut-health balancing alongside your hormone replacements to achieve these goals. This multi-pronged approach can balance hormones and revitalize your wellness to keep you young and healthy at every stage of life.  

Call OWM Integrative Wellness to request your appointment for BHRT help now.