Many ask “How long does it take for bioidentical hormones to work?” and as good a question as this is, it is often not easily answered. Part of the problem in providing an accurate answer is that people and their hormones are truly like snowflakes – no two situations are the same from the perspective of body chemistry, medical history, ingredients used in BHRT, and the way they react to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. All of that said, we can give a few general and hopefully helpful responses that begin to answer the question “How long does it take for bioidentical hormones to work?”:
- The most general answer to the question is that many people begin to feel positive effects of bioidentical hormones within 2-3 months of starting a comprehensive program to address hormone imbalances. Some people are lucky enough to feel these positive changes more quickly. It can be helpful to keep a journal that not only covers those symptoms that you know are related to hormone levels such as sleeping, mood, and appetite, but also of some general information about your well-being and energy levels. Also, you should listen to the feedback of others in your life – sometimes we do not notice subtle improvements but other do.
- Many people find that improvements may come in one or two areas before others. So while you may not feel the complete positive effect of bioidenticals for 3-4 months, perhaps your sleep or your energy level improves more quickly. This sort of answers a related question: How long does it take for bioidentical hormones to work, at least a little.
- Sometimes there is a relationship between how long it takes bioidentical hormones to work and how long it took for you to have the imbalance happen in the first place. If your hormonal changes have been happening for many years, it may take longer to fix them, as opposed to catching things early.
The related question here is which symptoms may tend to be alleviated more quickly than others by BHRT. And again it is hard to answer that question broadly because there are so many unique features in hormone imbalances. But it has been reported that some symptoms like sleep and energy levels may respond more quickly. Perhaps this is because these are symptoms that can improve gradually – even if the total effect is not noted for a few months, things may get slightly better as time goes on, meaning that gradual relief is noticeable. Again, it may be that the time until you get relief from certain symptoms with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is related to how mild they are to begin with, and how long you have had them.
The bottom line when it comes to the question “how long does it take for bioidentical hormones to work” is that you need to communicate openly with your doctor and get her or his feedback along the way. She or he should be able to tell you if you are on track, or if things are going too slowly and changes should be made. You should get a prediction from your doctor up front that is based not only on your symptoms and history, but also on his or her experience with people presenting similarly to you. And you should get an idea of how your doctor wants you to track things so that you can report your progress in a scientific way.
While everyone is different and BHRT can take some time, you should be able to have a system so that you can get a personalized idea of your unique answer to the question “How long does it take bioidentical hormones to work?”