What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
In order for your body to function at its full potential, it needs to produce sufficient levels of hormones. As you age, production of these hormones declines, and a wide range of symptoms can be a result: hot flashes, weight gain, lack of sexual interest – just to name a few.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is used to bring these hormonal levels to balance.
It is important to know the difference between Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy, otherwise known as HRT. HRT can be defined as the replacement of the missing hormones with similar chemical substitutes, but not identical molecular replicas.
Although BHRT is an age old remedy, many doctors and their patients are just learning of this option. BHRT is in the forefront of anti-aging treatment and for many doctors the newest method for helping cure much that ails the menopausal woman as well as the andropausal male. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is working its way into mainstream America.
Due to most bioidentical hormones being unpatentable, you won’t find widespread studies by pharmaceutical companies. However, the below medical research proves that BHRT has been heavily studied and researched and continues to gain use by men and women throughout the United States and other countries.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are compounds that have exactly the same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are produced in the human body. Numerous studies have been done attesting to the safety of natural hormones for men and women. The natural hormones are almost entirely without the side effects of the synthetic hormone replacement drugs.
Depending on your symptoms and test results, you may be prescribed the bioidentical hormones estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, DHEA, cortisol or melatonin.
Why should you use bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones have been successfully used by men and women for decades. In well known medical journals, researchers have reported that the bioidentical hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are not only safe but also have a positive impact on some diseases like osteoporosis and prostate cancer.
When should I consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement?
Don’t wait if you are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance. In general, hormones begin to decline after the mid-20s and hormone imbalance symptoms are frequently present by the mid-30s. A good time to start replacing hormones is between 35 and 40.