What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement?
As a La Jolla Bioidentical Hormone Replacement 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. 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 BHRT. 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 BHRT. 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. BHRT 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, bio-identical 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 BHRT?
BHRT includes a number of benefits that alleviate numerous symptoms from various conditions.
Weight Loss returning to a healthy weight can result from correcting imbalances. This is because hormones help to regulate metabolism, blood sugar, and water metabolism.
Regular Sleeping Patterns, Insomnia can occur from crossed signals going to the hypothalamus due to hormonal imbalance.
Regular Body Temperature, Hot flashes or night sweating may occur because of hormonal interferences in the body’s ability to regulate temperature.
Healthier Bones, A lack of estrogen interferes with calcium absorption in the bones. When estrogen is sufficient, the body can more easily take in calcium in order to keep the bones strong and dense.
Increased Muscle Mass, Testosterone influences muscle hypertrophy because it has a close link with muscle cells.
Improved Libido, Hormones directly affect sexual function. The ovaries secrete estrogen and the testis produce testosterone. When hormones are supplemented, sexual desire and function increase.
Improved Moods, Hormonal fluctuation can create mood swings such as, anxiety, irritability, and anger. When hormones are restored back to balance, moods become less intense and more even.