What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Aging brings the natural diminishing of the body’s reproduction hormones; specifically, the sex hormones estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. Certain symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, forgetfulness, anxiety, sleep disruption, low libido, moodiness, weight gain, and difficulty maintaining muscle tone are the consequences of these diminishing hormones. When these symptoms become intolerable, replacement hormones are needed to return the body back to a beautiful balance. Maintaining this balance is the goal of any type of hormone replacement therapy. Women now have the choice is to return to a balanced state using naturally plant derived compounded bioidentical hormones or manufactured synthetic hormones.
Bioidentical Hormones Versus Synthetic Hormones
Bioidentical hormones are plant-derived hormones that are prepared from precursors found in wild yams or soybeans. Specially trained pharmacists compound bioidentical hormones in a sterile environment at a compounding pharmacy to be identical to the hormones produced in the human body. They possess the exact chemical structure as hormones produced in the sex organs. Therefore, the body reads them as familiar, and they are readily received.
Synthetic hormones are artificial and are not found in nature. They are chemically altered substances and are not identical in structure or activity to natural human hormones. Because these hormones are altered, they have differences that may be responsible for the many of the undesired and often dangerous side effects associated with synthetic hormones.
When bioidentical hormones are chosen, patients can regain balance while utilizing hormones that are identical to those produced naturally in the body’s sexual endocrine organs before they began to age. The goal of bioidentical hormone therapy is to bring the body back to balance, replace the hormones that are declining, and return the body to its optimal healthy prime.
Some of the benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:
- Being identical in structure to hormones the human body produces
- Providing protective benefits that were originally provided by the body’s naturally occurring hormones
- Having far fewer unwanted effects than synthetic hormones
- Increasing libido
- Preventing osteoporosis
- Restoring bone strength
- Protecting against heart disease & strokes
- Reducing hot flashes
- Increasing vaginal lubrication
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Lifting moods
- Decreasing depression
- Enhancing restful sleep
- Improving concentration & memory
- Restoring & improving the patient’s overall quality of life
- Providing individualized dosages suited for the patient’s needs and goals
Santa Monica Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Gail Jackson M.D., specializes in hormone balancing using the pellet method, which release a steady amount of hormones for a twenty-four hour period. Smaller amounts of bioidentical hormones in the form of pellets can be used to obtain better, more predictable, and safer results. Patients can get started today by calling the office for an appointment, and Dr. Jackson can obtain specific hormone levels through a blood sample and different testing. Many patients have been able to regain balance through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and Dr. Jackson’s expert wellness services.