Bioidentical hormones are lab-created hormones that are made up of plant constituents and are used to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. These hormones act similarly to the hormones our body creates which is why they are called bio-identical.
The most commonly used bioidentical hormones are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. They address varisous menopause and perimenopause symptoms like, insomnia, anxiety, moodiness, hot flashes and brain fog. Bioidentical hormones can be used to treat a variety of other problems including PMS, infertility, and even men with issues related to low testosterone levels.
Naturopathic practitioners prefer to use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy because these hormones are derived from plant sources and are practically identical to the natural hormones produced by the human body. Because of this, their effects on the body during treatment can be more accurately predicted. Traditional hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic hormones derived from the urine of pregnant horses or produced through other chemical processes. They are not identical to natural human hormones and therefore can cause different and less predictable effects or uncomfortable side effects.
Are they safer than conventional hormone therapy?
Studies have shown that synthetic hormones can bind more tightly to their receptors in the body than bioidentical hormones, which can cause these receptors to work harder and create a more potent effect than was intended. Naturopathic doctors believe that health treatments using natural products are almost always the best option. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be administered through several methods depending on a patient’s individual needs, including pills, capsules, creams, gels, pellets, suppositories, and injections.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has many other benefits besides the relief of menopause symptoms. It can also help to lower cholesterol, alleviate anxiety, and contribute to heart, skin, and bone health. It has been proven to be a safe and effective alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy using synthetic hormones. Used in combination with other forms of natural therapy, it can rejuvenate and reinvigorate you and change your life for the better.Book an Appointment