Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
What are bioidentical hormones?
They are hormones chemically identical to the natural hormones produced by the human body. Although their primary ingredients come from plant sources such as yam or soy they are subjected to extensive laboratory modifications to be made "bioidentical". Their advantages compared to synthetic hormones and other hormones used in conventional HRT are their ability to bind with the same receptors in the human body and to follow the same metabolic and elimination pathways as naturally produced hormones.Therefore, their actions can be more "physiological". Additionally, they can be measured in bodily fluids- blood, urine, saliva- allowing your doctor to monitor their levels throughout your treatment and avoid over- or under-replacement. Conventional HRT hormones cannot be measured in bodily fluids and dosage remains fixed and unmonitored. BHRT refers primarily to the replacement of sex hormones- oestrogen, progesterone. However, for better results your doctor will assess and restore the status of other vital hormones such as thyroid, DHEA, melatonin etc.
What are the health benefits of BHRT?
Efficient treatment of hot flushes and sweats, prevention of osteoporosis and bone fractures, improvement of incontinence and vaginal dryness, improvement of sleep and mood, improvement of memory, concentration and thinking, improvement in wrinkles, skin texture and hair, improvement of body composition and muscle mass, improvement of libido and sexual function.