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February 21, 2018

 

 

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or BHRT? BHRT is the term used for bioidentical hormones. They are structurally identical to hormones that are produced by the human body.

 

The body produces a wide variety of hormones and can be thought of as your life force. They control everything from your physical attractiveness and chemistry to libido and sexuality, to mating and reproduction. Hormones have hundreds of functions in the body. They affect your brain (mood/concentration), heart, bones, and skin, as well as the health of your internal organs. In women, the cyclical nature of our hormones is obvious, affecting our energy, mood, sleep and weight throughout different times of the month. The natural aging process is the gradual decline of your hormones starting around the age of 30. 

 

The Truth

  

Not all hormone replacement therapies are alike. There is a world of difference between synthetic hormone replacement, and bioidentical hormone replacement, which is what we use in our program.​​ Many men and women rave about their experience using bioidentical hormones. So what’s the difference?​​ HRT is the term used for synthetic hormones. They are drugs that mimic hormones and are made by pharmaceutical companies. They are able to patented, because they do not have the same molecular structure as human hormones. They are rightly encouraged by doctors to use for the shortest time possible due to increased risk of blood clots, stroke, heart disease, breast and ovarian cancers and dementia. BHRT is the term used for bioidentical hormones. They are structurally identical to hormones that are produced by the human body. They are usually compounded in a compounding pharmacy and derived from plants. Knowledgeable doctors will encourage their patients to stay on bioidentical hormones due to many long-term benefits such as maintaining bone density, reduce incidence of breast and uterine cancers and lower the risk of heart disease, strokes and dementia. 

 

Treatment related side-effects and the risks of traditional synthetic hormone replacement have prompted more education and options for treatment. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT) offers a more effective replacement (you feel better) without the risks associated with standard hormone replacement therapy (HRT). 

 

Benefits  

 

Hormones fight infection and heal injury, fine-tune the way we deal with stress, control our inner heating apparatus (aka night sweats), permit and encourage a good nights’ sleep, balance levels of minerals, adjust the burning of fuel (and fat) for energy and underlie your sex drive. Balancing and optimizing your hormones can increase the quality of your health and overall life. 

 

 

 

Hormones Treated 

Thyroid 

Your thyroid governs your metabolism and your ability to generate heat and burn calories. Low thyroid levels can cause fatigue, depression and difficulty losing weight. Low thyroid also increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. A full 90 percent of standard blood tests that a typical doctor orders do not detect low thyroid levels. 

 

Adrenals 

The adrenal glands control energy, sleep, blood sugar, and the ability to handle stress. Adrenal exhaustion is often the cause of serious fatigue. Unfortunately, in today’s busy world, the body’s stress response is activated so often that the body doesn’t always have a chance to return to normal, resulting in a state of chronic stress. This can lead to adrenal fatigue and a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems. 

 

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) 

DHEA is a human hormone naturally produced by the adrenal glands. It circulates in the blood stream and is converted into other hormones like testosterone and estrogen which affect sexual development and function. It is one of the most important precursor hormones and is converted into the more ‘potent’ androgens, such as testosterone and estrogen. 

 

Pregnenolone 

Pregnenolone is sometimes called the “mother of hormones” because it is the basic, raw material from which the body produces cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. It is produced from cholesterol in the adrenal glands and the brain. Pregnenolone helps maintain levels of key hormones, while promoting mood and memory enhancement, as  

well as improved energy levels and enzyme activity. 

 

Progesterone 

Progesterone is referred to as the happy hormone. When in balance with estrogen, women have no PMS symptoms such as mood swings, migraines, heavy bleeding, anxiety, tender breasts, cystic breasts, ovarian cysts, etc. Progesterone deficiency can occur when  

a young lady starts menses or after the birth of a baby. In most instances women’s progesterone levels start to decline around the age of 35. When progesterone levels are low, then estrogen levels are not balanced and can cause a host of symptoms. Men also make small amounts of progesterone. 

 

Estrogen 

As perimenopause begins for women, estrogen levels begin to fluctuate – sometimes high and sometimes low. This see-saw is often what creates the symptoms associated with menopause like mood swings, hot flashes, decreased elasticity of the skin, and vaginal dryness. As a woman progresses towards menopause, the ovaries produce less and less estrogen until blood tests may not be able to detect any estrogen at all. 

 

Testosterone 

Testosterone is most commonly thought of as a male hormone, but it plays an important role in women’s health too. In women, testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands. Testosterone in women promotes strong, healthy bones, muscle strength and endurance. It also contributes to a woman’s overall sense of well-being and energy level. 

 

Click here to read more about female hormone imbalances and male hormone imbalances.

 

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