Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are identical to those produced by your body. They are derived from plants and work perfectly with all the systems of your body, as nature intended.
Bioidentical hormones are custom formulated for you based upon your unique profile, which is determined by both your medical history and laboratory testing, to restore optimal hormonal support. They differ from conjugated hormones, such as birth control pills, or Premarin and Provera. Conjugated hormones have been purposefully altered synthetically to “jam up the system” to ensure pregnancy is improbable, and to allow easy administration in pill form. They disrupt normal metabolic pathways by introducing non-bioidentical compounds which do not properly breakdown in the hormonal cascade.
They are incompletely and improperly metabolized. Various foreign metabolic by-products cannot be cleared from the body and build up in the liver and fat stores. Some of these by-products have very serious toxic effects such as blood clots, hypertension, strokes and heart attacks. Bioidentical hormones are not like synthetic conjugated hormones. They metabolize completely through all the pathways necessary. They do not create aberrant by-products that can have toxic effects.
The bioidentical hormones most commonly used are progesterone, estriol, estradiol, estrone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and testosterone, but can also include pregnenolone. Not only are the direct effects of these hormones necessary for optimal health, but so are the compounds the body converts them into. For example, the adrenal glands utilize progesterone, DHEA, and the pregnenolone to make the corticosteroids which are vital for managing physical, mental, and emotional stress as well as for maintaining a healthy immune system.
Unlike mass-produced hormones, bio-identical hormones can be custom-made to match the exact needs of the individual. Individualized dosing, bio-identical hormones and drug delivery systems that bypass the liver and digestive tract allow for maximized benefits without side effects. An estimated two million women are now benefiting from bio-identical estrogens and progesterone.
Research proven benefits of hormone replacement therapy can include:
Better energy, sense of well being, strength, stamina, quality sleep, healthy bone and muscle mass, cardiovascular health, and healthier fat to muscle ratios.
Why are replacement hormones needed?
Hormone imbalance is very common in today’s world. Endocrine conditions such as adrenal fatigue, thyroid disease, metabolic syndrome, and sexual dysfunction all result from an imbalance of hormones which are caused by many factors. Over our lifetime, we are exposed to many environmental and dietary toxins which contribute to the natural decline of hormones as we age.
We are constantly exposed to hormone disruptors in our daily lives. They are in our carpets, clothes, water bottles, even in our water and food. Oral contraceptives, hormone fed meats, phytoestrogens (plant based estrogens found in foods), and xenoestrogens (synthetic estrogen-like chemicals found in hand sanitizers, plastics used in food prep and storage, pesticides and so on) all pose a threat to our endocrine system. They disrupt normal synthesis and metabolism of our many hormones and metabolites causing many untoward symptoms and diseases.
Additionally, many people undergo surgical interventions such as tubal ligations, vasectomies, or hysterectomies that further disrupt their normal hormone balance. Thus, almost everyone over the age of 40 (and in many cases over 30) begin to experience hormone imbalance.
Eliminating or minimizing the exposure to these harmful chemicals is critical. But sometimes it is not enough, and replacement of critical hormones are necessary, especially as our hormone levels naturally drop as we age.
BHRT can replace those that naturally decrease before and during menopause and andropause. The bioidentical hormones offer a way for you to remain happy, healthy, vigorous, and vital well into the second half of your life by restoring optimal hormone levels for both men and women. They can rejuvenate your health safely and with minimal to no side effects.
BHRT helps to prevent diseases like osteoporosis and heart disease, promote your well-being and address many undesirable symptoms associated with menopause, andropause (low testosterone in men) and other hormone imbalances. BHRT is safe and customized to treat your unique needs and specific hormonal imbalances.