Setting the Record Straight about Bioidentical Hormones
- Posted on: Jan 15 2019
If you are of a certain age, you know the effects that hormone disruption can have on your health and wellness. We have become much more aware of the value of functional hormones in recent years, recognizing that a loss of libido or sexual function directly correlates to the biological changes happening within. This knowledge is not new. What is new is our awareness of safer, healthier strategies to manage the natural changes that occur with age.
If you are in the Reno area and are interested in reducing hormone-related symptoms such as vaginal dryness and itching, painful intercourse, weight gain, erectile dysfunction, insomnia, hot flashes, and more, contact our office. Together, we can discuss the role that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can play in restoring your vitality.
What is a “bioidentical hormone”?
It is not uncommon to hear the term “natural hormone replacement” used to describe bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). However, we must differentiate between the two because there are natural hormone treatments that don’t fit into the bioidentical category. Premarin is one example. This natural estrogen treatment is made with estrogen from horses. While we can recognize horse-derived estrogen as natural, what we also need to understand is that this form of estrogen does not match the chemical makeup of estrogen made by the body. Therefore, its presence in the body could do more harm than good.
Bioidentical hormones are the various hormone types, including estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, thyroid hormone, and cortisol, that are a chemical match for the hormones made by the body. Interestingly, the prime sources of bioidentical hormones are plants such as soy and wild yams.
Why Bioidentical is a Term that Matters
We have established that bioidentical and natural are not one and the same. We should also state that bioidentical hormones are, in fact, synthetic. This is because they are made in a lab setting. However, the source of hormones is what matters here. Bioidentical hormones will properly bind to receptors without negative effects. Standard synthetic hormones typically do not, which is why synthetic estrogen and progesterone have demonstrated potentially dangerous side effects such as increased breast cancer risk.
Properly dosed bioidentical hormones can improve energy and stamina, reduce problems that lead to sexual dysfunction, improve mood and decrease anxiety, and even minimize the risk of osteoporosis. If now is your time to regain your vitality, we can help. Contact our Reno office at (775) 826-4477 to schedule your consultation for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.