As we age, our hormone levels gradually start to decline.
Our bodies go through significant changes. We tend to gain weight faster, and shedding the few extra pounds we put on becomes more challenging. We easily tire. We have trouble sleeping. And many times, we experience loss of libido.
To reduce the risks of diseases linked to aging, our physicians conduct several tests to determine what our body needs. From there, they would recommend a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy program for you.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones refer to human-made hormones derived from plant estrogens, but they have the same chemical and molecular structure as the ones that are naturally produced by your body. They are used as a form of treatment for women and men with low or unbalanced hormone levels.
Here are a few types of bioidentical hormones:
Hormone therapy helps both women and men reduce the risks of diseases related to aging— cancer, osteoporosis, and heart disease, to name a few.
How Do Bioidentical Hormones Affect Your Health?
Natural bioidentical hormone therapy is used to treat women and men with unbalanced or low hormone levels. It’s often used to reduce the symptoms of menopause or perimenopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, mood changes and memory loss.
It may also be used to treat the following conditions:
For individuals who’ve gone through cancer treatments that affect estrogen levels, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been known to improve one’s well-being. One study shows that cancer patients who go through BHRT may experience relief from treatment-induced symptoms like migraines, insomnia, and incontinence.
Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?
Bioidentical hormones are only compounded. The hormones we prescribe are compounded from FDA approved ingredients. Because the dosages and delivery methods are customized for each patient, the end product is not FDA approved.
However the pharmacies where we purchase from are all FDA approved pharmacies. Any hormone that has a patent on it is not bioidentical. You can not patent something identical to a molecule naturally made in the body.
Compared to synthetic hormones, which introduce foreign substances that often leave toxic by-products, they don’t increase your risk of heart disease or cancer.
What are the Side Effects of Bioidentical Hormones?
Each person reacts to bioidentical hormones differently. While many people have benefitted from BHRT and other forms of hormone replacement therapy, some have reported side effects such as acne, weight gain, fatigue, and more.
Side effects may occur right after the first dose is administered when your body registers a new level of hormones in its system. But the side effects may improve over time as your body slowly adjusts. The potential side effects vary from person to person.
Hence, it’s always best to discuss the pros and cons of bioidentical hormones with your doctor.
Physicians conduct several tests to determine which hormones need to be replenished. For optimal results, they can come up with a hormone replacement program tailored to your needs.
Schedule an appointment with a physician today to find out more about hormone therapy.