Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy BHRT
What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
BHRT has existed for over 20 years. The major benefit of BHRT is that treatment doses are individualized and the mixture of products may not be commercially available.
Bioidentical hormones, sometimes referred to as natural hormones, are used to treat menopause symptoms, perimenopause, and post-menopause.
Bioidentical hormones are those that are molecularly identical to the hormones that are produced in the body.
These hormones are chemicals that are derived from sources of yam or soybean. Steroids and hormones are taken from animals and plants then altered to be identical in molecular structure.
The steroids and hormones are then formed as a cream, oral, suppository or injections so the body can absorb them quickly.
Bio-identical hormones are much different from synthetic hormone replacement drugs in that bio-identical hormones are metabolized, stored, and converted into other hormones naturally.
There are much less side effects to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy because the hormones are natural and our bodies metabolize bioidentical hormones the way it's designed to. Synthetic hormones can often be quite strong and produce unbearable side effects.
The compounded bioidentical hormones can be made to match each womans individual needs. This is something thats just impossible with commercially produced products.
Categories of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Natural Estrogens
Most of the prescription estrogens when taken by mouth are converted in your GI tract and end up predominantly as estrone. Three estrogens to consider are Estrone, Estradiol and Estriol.Estrone
If you want to get your estrogen levels up to where they were before menopause then estradiol is your natural estrogen. Studies indicate that Estrone is the estrogen responsible for breast cancer.
The primary estrogen produced by the ovary is Estradiol and estrone which is formed by the conversion of estradiol. Vaginal rings, estradiol creams, and transdermal patches, provide pre-menopausal levels of estradiol.
Estriol is prevalent primarily during pregnancy because very large amounts of Estriol are produced which leads to the protection against breast cancer. If you desire a natural estrogen that is the least likely to cause cancer then estriol may be the right choice.
- Natural Progesterone
Natural progesterone is made by the ovaries prior to menopause and by the adrenal glands and fat cells after menopause and is the precursor for natural estrogen. It is the single most important hormone in the female body.
Natural progesterone corrects hormone imbalance of the two primary female hormones. This will protect from the effects of Estrogen Dominance.
Natural progesterone has many positive benefits. Some possible benefits include
Facilitates Thyroid Hormone Action
Normalizes Blood Sugar Levels
Normalizes Zinc & Copper Levels
Normalizes Blood Clotting
Helps to Normalize Ovaries
Osteoblast Stimulated in Bone Tissue Cells
- Natural Androgens
The body uses natural or supplemented androgens as a source of estrogen. Produced by the female ovaries, Androgens are essential to normal sexual development and are a major part in maintaining sexual desire along with strong and healthy skin, muscle and bone. The natural testosterone will not produce the side effects of synthetic testosterone.
The bio-identical hormones used in Hormone Replacement Therapy have the exact same molecular structure as the hormones found in the womans body prior to menopause.