What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement?
As a La Jolla Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Charles Moss, M.D. has helped numerous men and women to regain hormonal balance.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a treatment that involves supplementing hormones in the human body, with hormones from another source that are identical in chemical and molecular structure to the hormones the body produces. Dr. Moss has seen what hormone imbalances can do to his patients in the San Diego, North County area. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to treat numerous conditions that are caused by insufficient hormones. Age related syndromes such as Andropause, Perimenopause and Menopause, and their associated symptoms, can all be treated with hormone supplementation. Testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone are the main hormones that decline with age, and when internal deficiencies are corrected, aging may move at a slower pace.
Syndromes such as Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue are also benefited with Bioidentical Hormones. The adrenal cortex, which is part of the kidney, secretes hormones that influence blood sugar, sexual function, and water metabolism. When hormones are produced insufficiently, many functions are decreased.
Hyperthyroid and Hypothyroid may also be improved with Bioidentical Hormones. If the thyroid gland produces an excess or deficient amount of thyroid hormone, the body’s ability to regulate metabolism, moods, and reproductive function decreases. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help balance the thyroid gland and may improve related symptoms.
- What are the differences between bioidentical and synthetic hormones?
The first synthetic hormones were manufactured in the 1940‘s. Synthetic hormones are made by drug companies and are not identical in molecular structure to the hormones produced by our own bodies.
One synthetic hormone, known as Provera, is a substitute for progesterone, and it has been linked to breast and uterine cancer. Premarin is another synthetic hormone that has been used for estrogen replacement. This hormone is derived from a pregnant horse’s urine, and is, therefore, more compatible for a horse’s body chemistry than a human’s. Because synthetic hormone structure is foreign to our bodies, they can produce unpleasant side effects. Some of these side effects include nausea, water retention, dizziness, and cancer.
In contrast, Bioidentical Hormones are derived from plant sources, such as soybeans and yams. Their chemical structures are identical to the hormones naturally produced by the human body. This greatly reduces the chance of negative side effects and improves the benefits a person can receive. Dr. Moss individualizes prescription dosages to fit each condition in order to maximize treatment results.
- What are some of the benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
- Improved weight loss
- Improved sex drive
- Improved look and feel of hair and skin and nails
- Improved mental health
- Improved memory
- Improved energy
- Improved mood and emotional balance
- Relief of hot flushes and night sweats
- Restful and restorative sleep
- Feeling yourself again
- Much more!
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy includes a number of benefits that alleviate numerous symptoms from various conditions. As a La Jolla Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Charles Moss, M.D. can provide you with detailed safety information, answer all your questions, and discuss any concerns you may have. He will listen carefully to your description of your symptoms, and will give you information about the hormone testing that is best suited to your symptoms.