What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (“BHRT”) is the term commonly used to describe the treatment of hormone deficiencies brought on by aging, by replacing them with hormone molecules that are identical to the hormones produced naturally within the human body.
Hormones are responsible for controlling the delicate biochemical balance in our bodies. They move our bodies through each phase of our lives, from infancy through puberty, reproduction, and old age. They prepare our bodies to fight, to flee, and to mate, and they are responsible for many of our daily mood swings and hunger pangs. Hormones are produced by our cells in very small quantities, and trace amounts can have significant effects.
What is the difference between bio-identical and synthetic hormones?
Bioidentical replacement hormones were first used to provide relief from the symptoms of menopause in the 1930’s. The first synthetic, or mass-produced, hormones were developed in the 1940’s. The synthetic hormones, which are derived from horse urine, do not match the molecular structure of the hormones produced by our bodies. Synthetic hormones can produce unpleasant side effects such as nausea, fluid retention, and dizziness. Worse, studies in the 1970’s began to show that using patented synthetic hormones increased the risk of potential dangers such as breast cancer and uterine cancer.
Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are extracted from natural sources such plants, including soybeans and yams. Their molecular structure is identical to that of the hormones produced within our own bodies. Bioidentical hormones are compounded into creams by FDA-approved pharmacies. They are custom-tailored to suit your specific hormone replacement needs, which allows you to receive individualized treatment.
What are some of the benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
There are many benefits gained by the natural, customized approach of BHRT, including:
- Improved weight loss
- Improved sex drive
- Improved look and feel of hair and skin and nails
- Improved mental health
- Improved memory
- Improved mood and emotional balance
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Decreased risk of osteoporosis
- Decreased risk of heart attack
- Decreased risk of stroke
- Much more!
A Bioidentical Hormone Specialist can provide you with detailed safety information, answer all your questions, and discuss any concerns you may have. They will listen carefully to your description of your symptoms, and will give you information about symptoms, and about hormone testing.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used to treat the following conditions or symptoms:
A gradual process that happens when a woman’s ovaries make less estrogen and progesterone and her lifetime supply of eggs is depleted. A woman is considered to have reached menopause when she hasn’t menstruated for 12 months. Natural menopause typically occurs between ages 41-59. Symptoms of Menopause Include: Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling, irritability, mood swings, sudden tears, trouble sleeping through the night, loss of libido, crashing fatigue, anxiety, depression and more.
The period of transition to natural menopause during which the body undergoes endocrinologic and biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production; Symptoms of perimenopause can include irregular menstrual periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and mood swings. Perimenopause can last over six years (four years is average) and usually ends after twelve months of amenorrhea.
Andropause is the period of a man’s life, occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55, marked by a drop in testosterone hormone levels secreted by the testicles. The body changes occur and may be accompanied by symptoms such as changes in attitudes and moods, weight gain, fatigue, a loss of energy, loss of sex drive, lowered physical agility and more. It is a phenomenon similar to the female menopause.
Weight Loss Resistance
Progesterone and estrogen are normally the culprits that lead to weight loss difficulties and resistance. Our overall body composition is greatly dependent on having balanced hormones, a healthy digestive tract, a balanced diet and an awareness of food allergies.
More and more physicians are now beginning to research, assimilate and practice natural bio-identical hormone therapy. I believe that within the next 25 years this will be the ideal medical standard for hormone replacement therapy and will be taught to new doctors in our medical schools. Current graduates of medical schools are not being given the current information and updates on this emerging hormone replacement therapy alternative to synthetic treatment. Some doctors are still confusing natural progesterone with synthetic progesterone.
They will give you all the general guidance you need throughout the process, because they believe strongly that you need to be fully informed before making any decisions.