Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
What are bio-identical hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are medications containing hormones that are a precise chemical match to natural human hormones. Bio-identical hormones prepared by drug companies are FDA approved and those prepared at compounding pharmacies are not FDA approved yet. For example bio-identical estrogens are 17 beta-estradiol, estriol and estrone and bio-identical progesterone is simply progesterone pulverized in the laboratory for excelling assimilation in the body.
What is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is the use of bio-identical hormones to treat the symptoms associated with the downturn in hormone production or hormone imbalance. It is also called natural hormone therapy or bio-identical hormone therapy. Treatments include the use of tablets, sprays, gels, injections, lotions, and creams, with the goal of increasing hormone levels back to a youthful state.
Which hormones are used in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?
- DHEA/ dehydroepiandrosterone
- Adrenal hormone
Who can get benefit from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?
People with following symptoms might be the candidates for BHRT:
- Cognitive changes including poor concentration, brain fog, and memory issues
- Sleeping trouble, mood changes, anxiety and irritability
- Premenopausal symptoms like night sweats or hot flashes
- Dry skin
- Muscle weakness with chronic fatigue, decreased energy levels and exhaustion
- Poor sex drive and vaginal dryness
- Irregular periods or disturbed menstrual cycles
- Thinning hair on head and body
What are the benefits of Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Common benefits are equalized moods, increased muscle mass, higher libido, fat loss, better sleep, improved bone density and increased spirit. Benefits for women include increased skin elasticity, increased vaginal lubrication and decreased hot flashes. Benefits for men include restored muscle mass, reduced hair thinning and improved erectile function.
Is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy safe?
As stated above, compound hormones are not FDA approved yet, so we can’t say these are safe or unsafe. There is some risk associated with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy including gall bladder disease, stroke, and blood clots. Older women may have the risk of breast cancer and heart disease.