Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
What are hormones and why do we need them?
Hormones are an essential part of metabolism, cell processing and organ function. Our hormones decline through aging, disease, trauma and menopause thus the aging process is accelerated. This is one of the major reasons for our deterioration as we get older, both physically and mentally. Hormones are beneficial at any age, but the best long term protective benefits are achieved if hormones are replaced when you begin to lose them, usually between our mid 30’s and mid 40’s.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement uses hormones that are identical in their mollecular structure to the hormones produced naturally within the human body. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a widespread term for the treatment of conditions brought on by the effects of hormone deficiencies resulting from menopause. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement uses hormones that are identical in their mollecular structure to the hormones produced naturally within the human body.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement is also used more generally to refer to the practice of utilizing only bioidentical hormones in the treatment of all hormone deficiencies, not merely menopause. Some of these include perimenopause, which generally is the time of change leading into menopause, and andropause in adult males.
Hormones regulate the activity of tissues and cells within your body. Optimized and well balanced hormones create a sense of well-being. In both men and women, hormones decrease with age causing a broad array of symptoms such as exhaustion, excess weight gain, decline of sexual interest, depression and interrupted sleep patterns (insomnia). The hormones estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, thyroid and cortisol all perform an incredibly significant role in daily life. Hormonal imbalaces can impact life substantially.
How are bio-identical hormones produced?
Hormones that are identical to human hormones are found in yams and soy. The hormones are extracted from these vegetables and then processed by a specialty compounding pharmacy into a prescription dose and form. The body accepts and metabolizes these hormones as if it made them.
What are the problems with synthetic hormones?
The long-term use of synthetic hormones has sometimes shown a negative metabolic response. Side effects may include bloating, bleeding or mood swings. In some patients, synthetic estrogens and progestin’s contributed to the development of breast and uterine cancer. Synthetic hormones are manufactured in laboratories, for mass consumption, in other words, one-pill-fits-all.
Why is it important to replace these hormones?
Forty years ago, our bodies did not have enough time to feel the effects of hormone loss. The latest research is also indicating that replacement of these vital natural hormones helps to prevent the development of some diseases. Some studies have even suggested that the lack of natural hormone supplementation may shorten one’s life span. Research is ongoing, and most all studies are showing positive outcomes toward longevity as well as improving the quality of life.
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.
What other conditions are treated using BHRT?
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy treats more than menopause and andropause. BHRT supplements and supports Adrenal Fatigue, Thyroid Imbalances, Fibromyalgia, Stress & Behavior Management. Our endocrine system is a complex one and the signs and symptoms can be easily misdiagnosed and looked over even in testing blood samples. It is important to find a doctor that will look for the active levels of the hormones in your body and who will listen to you when you say you know something is off, but you just don’t know what. BHRT along with lifestyle adjustments can do wonders for treating the cause of the hormonal imbalance and restoring your zestful health.