After 15 years of using these therapies, I can definitely say, ‘Bio-identical hormones work’!!
Bio-Identical hormone replacement therapy is the use of supplemental doses of hormones that are identical in molecular structure to that which a woman naturally produces in her body. This form of therapy is used when there is a hormonal imbalance and is mainly used to treat symptoms of menopause, perimenopause and postmenopause. This is the time in a woman’s life when ovarian function is “winding down” – it is no longer necessary to produce eggs, ovarian follicles are depleted and so the production of progesterone, testosterone and estrogen declines. This causes uncomfortable symptoms, which results in women seeking relief. So, if in early (perimenopause) or late menopause, there will be a specific bio identical hormone to help you.
Symptoms of menopause / perimenopause:
There is a long list of symptoms related to hormonal changes caused by aging. Hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, emotional instability, tiredness, lack of memory and concentration and decreased sex drive are just some of them.
The bio-identical hormone replacement is not derived from animals and is synthesized to match your own unique hormonal structure, therefore making it natural for your body. Each prescription is tailor made for you and your needs.
Another reason for testing is to ensure that the amounts prescribed are in the ‘physiological range’. Having prescribed these for many years, I am firmly of the belief that we women need our full hormone range; however that taken in too large doses, even with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, may lead to breast cancers. Therefore, proper monitoring is essential.
In a woman, the hormonal balance is dynamic, shifting from day to day, week by week. Giving the body the support it needs can make you feel wonderful throughout your midlife transition. Bio Identical hormones are natural; therefore our bodies can metabolize them, causing minimal side effects. As you become older, optimal well being becomes even more important.