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BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy - What Is It?  Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been in the news for the past few years.  Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the use of natural hormones from plant sources that have been engineered in a registered licensed compounding pharmacy lab to be an identical match to the human hormone. Though bioidentical hormones have been around for years, most practitioners are still unfamiliar with them. There are several branded versions now available for use though their one-size-fits-all dosage regime is very similar to that of synthetic hormones. But in our practice, we use an individualized, patient-centered approach. We begin by testing hormone levels (hormone panel) and when warranted, we prescribe a precise dosage and combination of bioidentical hormones. 

What Are Synthetic Hormones?  They are intentionally made to be different than those your body produces. That’s because drug companies can’t patent a bioidentical structure to make it exclusively theirs, so they invent synthetic hormones that are patentable. Synthetic hormones are those than have been prescribed by doctors since their introduction into medicine.  This treatment is commonly know as HRT or hormone replacement therapy. The best know ones are:PremPro, Provera, Premarin, Aygestin, Megace. These are the hormones used in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study.  This study was stopped early due to evidence that showed a significant increase in breast cancer, heart disease and stroke related to the synthetic hormones. 

Are bioidentical hormones “better” and safer than synthetic hormones?  We long ago concluded that the answer to these questions is yes. Synthetic hormones are quite strong and often produce intolerable side effects but bioidentical hormones are natural, and our bodies can metabolize them, which minimizes side effects. Bioidentical hormones can compounded to match to each woman’s needs which is just impossible with mass-produced products. Bioidentical hormones, from existing studies, are safe when used correctly. European medical studies suggest that bioidentical hormones are safer than synthetic versions. Itis important to have your hormone levels tested and receive the correct level of bioidentical hormones prescribed by a physician that is knowledgeable of bioidentical hormones replacement therapy.  To date most physicians are not knowledgeable of bioidentical hormones.

Can bioidentical hormones be used for breast cancer patients? Very few practitioners will prescribe any type of HRT — synthetic or bioidentical — for women who have had breast cancer or even a family history of breast cancer. In fact, many are given anti-estrogen drugs. There are breast cancer patients who, like Suzanne Somers, use low-dose bioidentical hormones by choice. These women have researched the issues and discussed them with their healthcare providers in order to make well-informed decisions for themselves.

Bioidentical hormones — are they right for you?  Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Suzanne Somers have brought bioidentical HRT onto center stage. Whenever a talk show, book, blog or news magazine highlights bioidentical hormones, we’re deluged with calls about bHRT. Women may not have heard about this option for menopause symptoms, and many are asking, “Is bHRT right for me?”  If you have symptoms related to hormone imbalance, the answer is probably yes. We’ve used bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for nearly 19 years in our clinical practice, and patients have had great success. Most report feeling as well as they did 5 - 10 - 15 years earlier.

Is bHRT the only way to achieve hormonal balance? Bioidentical hormones can work wonders, but they should be combined with a combined natural approach that combines medical-grade nutritional supplements, gentle endocrine support, and dietary and lifestyle changes for maximum benefit.

We recommend that every woman start with this combination approach to create a solid foundation for her health. In our Gr8Life Program, we’ve developed a three-pronged approach that supports a woman’s hormonal pathways “upstream” of where problems arise.

The Program provides:

1.  Daily Essentials Nutrients to fill in the nutritional gaps left by our modern diet.

2.  Plant-based support to re-balance the three major sex hormones most likely to fluctuate in perimenopause and menopause: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

3.  Hormones

It’s very important that the combination approach outlined above be used for optimal results.

If you have questions or believe you could benefit from BHRT give us a call at 727-938-9966.