How is Bioidentical Hormone
Replacement Therapy Different?
The difference between Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and other hormones that are prescribed is that Bioidentical Hormones are nearly identical to the natural hormonal structure that exists in the human body. That means you will be using hormones that your body used to produce. Your body existed well with these hormones for most of your life and with BHRT you are just replacing those that have been lost or diminished. With their hormones in balance, men and women, at any age, are able to enjoy renewed energy, better health, and a more positive outlook on life.
Due to the natural interplay of the Bioidentical Hormones with the body, patients are able to experience prolonged symptom relief and wellness without the same risks and undesirable side effects.
Traditional hormone replacement therapy typically utilizes synthetic hormones to replace the hormones that are now low during and after menopause. This typically is with some type of estrogen or a type of estrogen and some type of progesterone.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy specialists use a combination of several hormones to completely optimize your levels.
- Estradiol: This is the major form of estrogen produced by your ovaries. It can be at nearly undetectable levels in women after menopause. The lack of this hormones causes many troublesome symptoms.
- Progesterone: As a premenopausal women, your body naturally releases progesterone during the second half of each menstrual cycle. It is also the main hormones that sustains a pregnancy. For premenopausal women, having too little progesterone can result in heavy menstrual bleeding and worsening PMS.
- Testosterone: Testosterone is naturally present in women not just in men! Lack of optimal testosterone levels may affect energy, sexual desire, mood and the overall sense of well-being.
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA): This is a hormone that comes from the adrenal gland and the brain. DHEA supports the production of male and female sex hormones. DHEA levels in the body begin to decrease after age 30, more quickly in women. Balancing the level of DHEA in your body helps fight depression, obesity, and osteoporosis.
- Thyroid: Thyroid hormone is produced by a gland in your neck and has effects on almost every cell in your body. People experience many problems when it is either underactive (hypo) or overactive (hyper). An underactive thyroid is not uncommon, and more so in women. Symptoms may include fatigue, feeling cold, constipation, hair loss, dry skin depression and mental slowness. It has also been linked to high cholesterol and heart disease. Optimizing your thyroid level can create a huge difference in restoring physical and mental well-being.
Restoration of optimal hormonal balance can create both physical and mental vitality and a sense of well-being!