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Bioidentical hormones are defined as man-made hormones that are very similar to the hormones produced by the human body. Common hormones that are matched are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These are then used as treatment for men and women whose own hormones are low or out of balance. Some prescription forms of bioidentical hormones are pre-made by a drug company. Other forms are custom-made by a pharmacist based on a doctor’s order. This is called compounding.
Hormones are special chemicals made by parts of the body called glands. They are messengers that tell other parts of the body how and when to work. Hormones control almost all tasks in the body. These include sex and brain function, growth and the breakdown of food. When hormones are out of balance, symptoms can occur.Procedure Videos
The use of the compounded type is very common in the U.S. in women in menopause. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) reports that about 1.4 million women are using this treatment. NAMS notes that that is 40% of all prescriptions for hormone therapy in women who are in menopause. The number of men using this treatment is not noted.
There are many ways to get bioidentical hormones. These include pills, patches, creams, gels, shots and implanted pellets. Your doctor will decide which method is best for you. You may try more than one way before you find one that works well for you.
In addition to helping with symptoms, hormone replacement therapy may also reduce your risk for diabetes, tooth loss, and cataracts. There’s some evidence that it can help improve skin thickness, hydration, and elasticity, and even reduce wrinkles.
For those with cancer who have undergone treatments that affect their estrogen levels, BHRT has been shown to be effective in improving their general well-being and quality of life. In one study, people with cancer who underwent BHRT found relief from treatment-related symptoms such as migraines, incontinence, low libido, and insomnia. The study also found their recurrence rate of breast cancer was no higher than average.
The study also found their recurrence rate of breast cancer was no higher than average.
We have a whole body approach to hormonal wellness. Dr. Smith works one-on-one with his patients to understand how he can best help them move toward optimum hormonal health. With the use of in-depth patient evaluations, wellness consultation and salvia testing, Dr. Smith develops a recommendation based on your unique concerns.
Giving your body back its lost hormones helps ease and often eliminate symptoms. There are commercially-available synthetic products. However, your body is unique and has specific needs. Personalized options are available through compounding.
In general, your body’s natural hormones begin to decline after your mid-20s and hormone imbalance symptoms are frequently present by your mid-30s. Men and women often start replacing hormones between the age of 35 and 40. If you are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance, it is best not to wait.
No matter what your age, if your female hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) are unbalanced, you may suffer ill effects such as hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping, mood swings depression, anxiety, memory loss, vaginal dryness, fatigue, loss of your sex drive and even weight gain. Women with balanced hormones integrated with proper nutrition and fitness can have a better quality of life as they age.
It definitely varies with each person and depends on which hormone therapy you require. Generally, you can expect to see benefits in a few weeks and full results within three to six months. It will take some time to allow your body to properly balance your hormones and build up depleted stores. It is worth the brief reorganization of hormones to feel well again.
Typically, the answer is no. The only time when medications will interfere with bioidentical hormones (and vice-versa) is when the medications you’re taking contain hormones, like birth control and certain acne medications. In many cases certain medications will no longer be needed once hormone levels are restored to a healthy balance. This generally happens because balanced hormones improve your overall health. It’s important to talk with your healthcare provider about any medications and supplements you’re currently taking to know for sure if the interaction will have any adverse effects.