I’m sure you’ve heard bioidentical hormone replacement therapy benefits your mind and body; bringing zest and vitality back into your life. But, what does that mean exactly? It can be difficult to invest your hard-earned money in hormone replacement therapy if you don’t have a full understanding of what it is, how it works, and if it’s right for you.
That’s okay — this topic is our specialty! First, here’s the quick and dirty.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) uses hormones to relieve symptoms related to an imbalance of hormones or a decline in hormone production (due to aging). Usually, those hormones are related to reproduction and youth, like estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and adrenal.
There are different forms of hormone replacement therapy, including pills, injections, gels, skin patches, and creams. Mostly, it’s based on your preference, but a trained physician will also consider your health and symptoms, plus the efficacy of each form.
But, in truth, it boils down to this: synthetic vs. bioidentical.
In this post, we’ll explain what makes bioidentical hormone therapy safer and more effective. And share all the benefits you can expect from this type of treatment. Once you’re armed with the right knowledge, it’ll be easier for you to make a decision that’s right for your health.
Synthetic vs. Bioidentical Hormones
Bioidentical hormones are made from soy and yams. They have the same molecular structure as your body’s natural hormones.
When introduced to the system, your body recognizes bioidentical hormones and can use them just as well as the ones you produce naturally. The correct messages are sent to support the body’s functions and tissues, and you experience very minimal side effects. If you are experiencing side effects, it can be as easy as talking to your doctor about changing the dosage.
On the other hand, synthetic hormones are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and imitate hormones. Maybe you’ve heard of brands like EstraTest, PremPro, Premarin, and Provera? Those are all synthetic.
Synthetic hormones offer a partial, temporary fix for your symptoms. And, they often send the wrong message (or none at all) to certain parts of your body; creating the potential for serious health issues and side effects. For example:
While synthetic hormones are prescribed in the dosages produced by manufacturers, bioidentical hormones can be compounded and given in the exact dose your body needs.
The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Following a specific laboratory testing, your doctor can determine if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is right for you. Sometimes, a lifestyle change is all you need to feel better and more energized.
But, if you’re approved for BHRT, you may experience some of the following benefits:
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