Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is an effective treatment using hormones that are identical to the hormones naturally made by your body. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has transformed the healthcare of men and women as they enter the later stages of life. It provides an alternative to hormones that are synthetic, such as injectable testosterone, or hormones concentrated from horse urine (Premarin).
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is made by compounding pharmacists in customized dosages based on the individual needs of the patient as opposed to the narrow choices available with mass-produced, or “one size fits all” hormone therapies.
A more natural approach to hormone therapy often referred to as “natural hormone therapy” has focused attention on bio-identical hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones that the male and female body naturally produces for itself.
Although not found in this form in nature, they are derived and made from plant compounds extracted from yams and soy.
The results can often deliver relief from symptoms of:
Not all Patients experience all of the benefits listed below, these are some of the benefits that Patients experience after returning Hormone levels to the body’s required levels.
Blood tests that measure total estradiol or testosterone are used to detect both a deficiency or excess of estrogen or testosterone the body produces as well as to monitor the effects of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
On the other hand, Premarin, the old standby estrogen used for decades, is metabolized into various forms of estrogen that can be dangerous and cannot be measured by standard laboratory tests. Proponents of bio-identical hormones say that an advantage is more precise monitoring of hormone levels and individualized treatment.