What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
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 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.
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.