All hormones in the body, not just sex hormones, are important to optimal health. Their regulation is like a symphony with the actions of each effecting the actions of the rest. Other factors such as environmental and mental stressors can also affect the regulation of these hormones. This symphony is frequently overlooked in the traditional practice of medicine and abnormalities are not typically detected until serious symptoms are present. Bioidentical hormone replacement allows us to customize your treatment to match your specific needs. Personalized hormone optimization can help you be more vibrant and add life to your years.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) refers to using hormonal supplements that are identical in structure and function to hormones that are naturally produced by the human body. The hormones typically used in BHRT include estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and thyroid hormone. This therapy is routinely used in Europe and has been used in the United States since the 1940’s. Over 1 million women in the United States are treated with bioidentical hormones.
The Benefits and Uses of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
BHRT is commonly used to alleviate the manifestations of menopause or andropause (male menopause). BHRT can markedly improve its most recognized symptoms (facial flushing, weight gain, impaired memory, reduced sexual drive (libido) as well as increased risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease).
Perimenopause, a period which precedes menopause by 5 to 10 years, is associated with a number of more vague symptoms including fatigue, headaches, weight gain, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and difficulty dealing with the stresses of daily life. These symptoms may occur long before the onset of the hot flashes traditionally associated with menopause. As a result, without hormone replacement, a woman’s quality of life can markedly decline. More concerning is that a woman may be misdiagnosed with depression and mistreated for this condition with antidepressants which can further reduce libido and perceived quality of life.
In men, the symptoms of andropause (male menopause) such as decreased libido, sexual performance and energy levels as well as increased fat deposition and decreased muscle mass can be improved or entirely eliminated.
In addition to treating these symptoms, BHRT can improve the quality of life and slow down the aging process of aging. When combined with a healthy diet and an appropriate fitness program, the benefits of BHRT are markedly increased.
What about homeopathic remedies you can find in your local pharmacy or health food store?
Homeopathic remedies are given to treat specific symptoms. In men, zinc, selenium and saw palmetto are commonly used with some reported improvement in prostate symptoms and sexual function.
A larger variety of supplements are used to treat menopausal symptoms including Septa, Belladonna, Chamomille, Sulphur, Lachesis mutus, Pulsatilla, Valerian as well as many others. While some women experience relief of symptoms with these products, a large number do not.
Homeopathic remedies are not controlled by the same FDA regulations as standard medications so it is impossible to determine the purity or potency of these products. As a result, there is the risk of harmful interactions with each other and with prescription medication.