New research has led to the development of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, the interesting ins and outs of which we discuss here.
The symptoms of hormonal imbalance are numerous and unfortunate, but luckily most if not all can be mitigated through hormone replacement therapy. New research has led to the development of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, the interesting ins and outs of which we discuss here.
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
While there is no FDA-approved definition of the term “bioidentical,” the Food and Drug Administration itself references the Endocrine Society’s definition that says bioidentical hormones are, “compounds that have the exact same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are produced in the human body” while the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists defines them as, “plant-derived hormones that are biochemically similar or identical to those produced by the ovary or body.” Both are fancy ways of saying that these compounds are produced using botanical extracts to resemble, in both form and function, the hormones your body ideally makes on its own.
Why Use BHRT Instead of Traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The decision of whether to treat a hormonal imbalance using traditional or bioidentical hormones is a highly personal one, but some advantages to BHRT are:
- Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural botanicals, which some people appreciate as being a more wholesome source
- Bioidentical hormones can be manufactured by drug companies, just like other drugs and supplements, but they can also be compounded by a physician or other qualified medical professional to match you unique physiology and needs
- Because they’re natural, bioidentical hormones are often metabolized just like the body would metabolize the hormones it created itself
What can BHRT Treat?
Any symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance can potential reap the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, including issues with memory, mood, anxiety, diabetes, hearth health, bone density, brain function, energy, appearance, skin health, and more, resulting in a whole host of physical and mental improvements that include but are not limited to the following list:
- Increase energy levels
- Achieve a more youthful overall appearance
- Stabilize blood pressure, cholesterol, and bone health
- Improve libido
- Increase bone density
- Boost memory
- Improve skin tone
Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Only For Women?
While many of the applications or BHRT seem geared towards women and finding a solution for the symptoms and side effects associated with menopause, bioidentical testosterone exists and is used to combat male menopause, otherwise known as andropause. Testosterone supplementation to help boost mood, lesson depression and anxiety, improve bone density, assist in building muscle mass, increase libido, repair issues with sexual and erectile dysfunction, ward of atherosclerosis, protect against the onset of diabetes, promote healthy weight, and support brain function and memory.
Which Hormones Can Be Bioidentically Produced?
In addition to the hormones most commonly sought after for hormone replacement therapy (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone), there are many other important hormones that can be created and administered to supplement the body’s own production.
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
- IGF-1 or Somatomedin C
- Melanocyte Stimulation Hormone (MSH)
- Thyroid Hormone