What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Many people resign themselves to living with the serious symptoms caused by hormone imbalance, accepting them as an unchangeable and an untreatable part of the aging process. However, maintaining optimum levels of hormones promotes an improved quality of life and prevents many of the degenerative illnesses commonly associated with aging.
In order for your body to function at its full potential, it needs to produce sufficient levels of hormones. As you age, production of these hormones declines, and a wide range of symptoms can be a result: hot flashes, weight gain, lack of sexual interest – just to name a few. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is used to bring these hormonal levels to balance.
The effective use of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for the relief of symptoms caused by age-related hormone imbalances found in women and men, can optimized and balanced hormones are essential to good health and a feeling of well-being. By providing hormones that are an exact biochemical match of your own hormones, it is possible to restore your hormones back to the balance you had in your 20’s and 30’s.
Although Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an age old remedy, many doctors and their patients are just learning of this option. BHRT is in the forefront of anti-aging treatment and for many doctors the newest method for helping cure much that ails the menopausal woman as well as the andropausal male. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is working its way into mainstream America.
It is important to know the difference between Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy, otherwise known as HRT. HRT can be defined as the replacement of the missing hormones with similar chemical substitutes, but not identical molecular replicas.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are compounds that have exactly the same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are produced in the human body. Numerous studies have been done attesting to the safety of natural hormones for men and women. The natural hormones are almost entirely without the side effects of the synthetic hormone replacement drugs.
Depending on your symptoms and test results, you may be prescribed the bioidentical hormones estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, DHEA, cortisol or melatonin.
How do bioidentical hormones differ from synthetic hormones?
The human body can metabolize bioidentical hormones naturally because once the chemical has been taken from the plant, yam or soy is processed in a way that its’ molecular structure is completely identical to that of the androgen hormones; estrogen and progesterone. Bioidentical hormones provide people with the option to have their hormone supplements individually tailored to fit the person’s unique biological system. Synthetic hormones are mass-produced and have stronger side effects than those of a bioidentical nature. Since they are mass-produced there is no way to individually tailor the amounts. Synthetic hormones are made from the progesterone of plants or the estrogens of animals and are not identical to the hormones found within the human body. What distinguishes synthetic hormones from bioidentical hormones is the molecular structure. The synthetics hormones have an extra covalent bond. The body doesn’t recognize or metabolize the synthetic hormones normally and the body may treat them as a toxin.
Why should you use bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones have been successfully used by men and women for decades. In well known medical journals, researchers have reported that the bioidentical hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are not only safe but also have a positive impact on some diseases like osteoporosis and prostate cancer.
The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy in woman and men who suffer from low to normal hormone imbalance levels known as Menopause, Perimenopause, Andropause, also known as Male Menopause, are substantial and often include:
- Improved sexual performance
- Improved lipid and cholesterol levels
- Improved prostate health
- Improved blood sugar balance
- Improved mood and outlook
- Increased focus and concentration
- More strength and energy
- Improved well being
- Greater libido
- Reduced aches and pains
- Better quality of sleep
- Improved muscle mass
Individualize treatment plans for each patient based on medical history, physical examination, symptoms and laboratory analysis. The prescription is tailored to the exact amount of each hormone needed for the individual’s balance.
Why should women & men replace their hormones?
As women and men age, their hormone levels decline. This decline creates hormonal imbalances which cause negative side effects. For women, they may suffer from hot flashes, weight gain, night sweats, fatigue, loss of libido and much more.
Although a man’s loss of hormones are less obvious, he is still losing them. Testosterone loss will show itself through symptoms such as low energy, loss of muscle mass, a slower metabolism resulting in weight gain and decreased strength in erections.
When should I consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement?
Don’t wait if you are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance. In general, hormones begin to decline after the mid-20s and hormone imbalance symptoms are frequently present by the mid-30s. A good time to start replacing hormones is between 35 and 40.
If you want to live your life to its fullest – mentally, physically, and emotionally – you now have the chance to do so.