BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The Debate About Conventional Hormone Therapy VS Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Bioidentical hormones have the exact chemical and molecular structure as the human body's hormones while other types of lab-made hormones do not. As these other synthetic hormones are made differently than the hormones in the body, the body may react to them.

Conventional Hormones (Mass produced, animal based):

For example, a replacement estrogen that is made with the help of urine from pregnant horses and then chemically modified to give it a different structure similar to human estrogen. This 'modified' estrogen binds to human estrogen receptors very tightly and makes them more reactive due to the chemical modification.

Due to this increased reactivity these mass produced hormones have been associated with significant adverse side effects such as: cancer, heart disease and other health problems.

Almost all of us over the age of 40 (and in many cases over 30) begin to experience hormone imbalance. Over our lifetime, we are exposed to environmental and dietary toxins, which contribute to the natural decline of hormones as we age. Many factors can contribute to conditions and diseases that can occur at any stage in life, resulting from an imbalance of hormones:

 

  • Menopause

  • Andropause

  • Adrenal fatigue

  • Thyroid disease

  • Metabolic Syndrome

  • Sexual Dysfunction

As a result of hormone imbalance related to these conditions, you may be experiencing one or a combination of what have become known as the classic symptoms of aging:

 

  • Weight gain

  • Limited energy

  • Hair loss

  • Low sex drive

  • Depression

  • Mood swings

  • Sleeplessness

  • Poor concentration

  • Memory loss

  • Fatigue

 

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Bioidentical Hormones:

These hormones are synthetic (laboratory made) as well, however they have the identical molecular structure to the ones the body produces, they are "human identical".  Because these hormones are identical to those found in the human body pharmaceutical companies are not allowed to patent them for monetary gain. This in turn leads to the debate between conventional and bioidentical hormone therapy.

Bioidentical estrogen and progesterone have been shown to protect against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Natural progesterone protects against breast cancer.