Understanding Bioidentical Hormones
While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is considered the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, there are several reasons why women choose not to use traditional, or synthetic, HRTs. Some women are concerned about the links between oestrogen and breast cancer. Others find the side effects, such as bleeding or tenderness of the breast, difficult to handle. Some women view menopause as a normal passage of life, and not as a disease that needs to be cured. As a result of not using synthetic HRT, these women have experienced hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, sleeplessness, and other menopausal symptoms.
Today, more and more women are turning to natural remedies for their menopausal symptoms. This interest in natural approaches to HRT has focused attention on bioidentical hormone therapy, which is usually referred to as natural hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormones are produced in a laboratory, based on compounds found primarily in soya beans and yams. After processing, the plant-based hormone’s structure is identical to, and acts the same as, the oestrogen, progesterone, or androgen hormones produced by women’s bodies.
These hormones re-establish the body’s hormonal balance naturally. Because the laboratory-produced hormones’ structures are identical to the body’s hormones, bioidentical HRT is not known to cause the unpleasant side effects associated with synthetic HRT. Additionally, bioidentical hormones offer other health benefits, including:
- osteoporosis prevention by improving bone density
- improved cholesterol levels
- mood balance
- reduced risk of heart disease
- proper body mass maintenance
- improved sleep
- boosted energy levels
To learn more about the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy and whether it’s the right option for you, please contact me.