Bioidentical Hormones

 
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
 
These are a "natural" alternative to synthetic hormones such as Premarin, Prempro, etc. Bioidentical Hormones are compounded in labs from sources of yams and are identical in structure to the hormones made within our own body. Examples of these natural hormones include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA. They can be individualized or custom-made and are prescription formulations available in compounding pharmacies.
 
 
Importance of Balanced Hormones
 
Well balanced hormones play a major role in our health and well-being. They are our "feel-good factor". They have various benefits including good enery levels, balanced mood, radiant skin, strong bones, mental clarity, a healthy cardio-vascular system, and cancer prevention.
 
 
Results of Hormone Imbalance
 
Often times, imbalanced hormones can be the underlying cause of many chronic illnesses including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromylagia, auto immune disorders, osteoporosis, heart disease and cancer. Deficiences can result in various symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, fibroids, breast cysts, migranes, fatigue, digestive problems, depression, anxiety, insomnia, low libido, and weight gain.
 
 
Who Can Benefit From Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
 
Men and women who are experiencing the above symptoms of hormone imbalance and want to take charge of their health can benefit from BHRT. This includes women in all stages of their life from pre menopause to post menopause.
 
 
Approach To Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
 
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) includes specialized testing to determine hormone levels. Based on these levels, a customized appropriate dosage of one or more of the natural hormones is prescribed. Each patient is monitored through regular follow-up visits.
 
 
Recommended books on natural hormones -
 
»   Natural Hormone Balance for Women : Look Younger, Feel Stronger, and Live Life With Exuberance , by Uzzi Reiss, MD
 
»   What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, by John R. Lee, MD, Virginia Hopkins
 
»   Read about Oprah Winfrey's experience with Bioidentical Hormones
 
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