Bioidentical hormones are those that are molecularly identical to the hormones that are produced in the body. They are compounded from a plant derivative, unlike synthetically produced pharmaceutical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are natural and our bodies metabolize bioidentical hormones the way it's designed to. Synthetic hormones can often be quite strong and produce unwanted side effects.
There are several different methods of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy that include: pellets, troches, creams, oils and capsules. Dr. Dean will evaluate which method will be most beneficial to you.
Bioidentical hormone therapy has been documented and researched in medical journals since 1939. It continues to gain popularity as average Americans live longer lives. As we live longer, maintaining our health and vitality become very important. Aging gracefully is no longer just a theory, it is a reality that can be achieved with bioidentical hormone therapy.
Hormones are complex chemicals secreted by our endocrine glands. They stimulate or inhibit a variety of hormonal pathways in our body. They are vital for repairing and regulating our bodily functions. The endocrine system includes the pituitary gland which is the CEO of the endocrine system. It secretes growth hormone (HGH), and it also secretes TSH for thyroid hormone regulation. The pituitary also secrets adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and Luteinizing hormone (LH). All of these hormones are essential in the body. They must be balanced at appropriate levels for the body to function at its best. Many things can influence these levels, including genetic, environmental and toxic factors.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy improves the quality of life in women by reducing menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, depression, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and decreased libido. In addition, BHRT can prevent osteoporosis, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular diseases while slowing the aging process. One of the theories of aging states that the decline of hormones reduces our body's ability to repair and regulate itself.
Bioidentical hormone replacement helps to reset the body’s hormonal clock and delay the aging process. BHRT offers a number of health-related benefits, including:
In men, the effects of loss of hormones presents itself differently. Declining hormone levels in men may start as early as thirty years old. In each decade of aging, male levels of testosterone decline at a progressive rate. Many times, loss of the male hormone may not have as profound outward effects as women going through menopause. Their changes can creep in slowly. Some of these changes may be:
These effects may be experienced earlier than expected due to increasingly stressful lives and environmental toxins that each patient may be exposed to. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a thorough evaluation should be conducted. This may be done by collection of blood, urine, or saliva to assess hormone levels.
Bioidentical hormones are individualized. There is no ‘cookie cutter’ approach to bioidentical hormone replacement. Prescribing these medications is based upon laboratory data and personal clinical symptoms. Proper management requires a physician that is properly trained in this specialty.
If you have any of these symptoms, call for a consult.
For more information about BHRT, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Melissa Dean at the Dean Wellness Institute. Dr. Dean will answer all of your questions about hormone replacement therapy, and help you to understand if BHRT is a good choice for you. Contact our team today to find out more about individualized hormone replacement.