What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The first hormone replacement supplements were developed in the 1930’s to provide relief from the symptoms of menopause, which include hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, vaginal dryness, dry skin, low libido, and increased anxiety or depression. These first hormone supplements were bio-identical, which means, their molecular structure is identical to the molecules created by the human body.
Synthetic hormone supplements were first developed in the 1940′s. Unfortunately, the mass-produced synthetic hormones do not match the molecular structure of the naturally occurring hormones in the human body. Synthetic hormones are animal-derived, often from the urine of pregnant horses, and usually produce unpleasant side effects such as nausea, fluid retention, and dizziness.
Bio-identical Hormones are supplements that are plant-derived, and they are also manufactured in pharmaceutical companies such as Upjohn, which has been manufacturing bio-identical hormone products for over 70 years. The bio-identical powders and other elements are then compounded into topical creams at compounding pharmacies, according to a doctor’s prescription.
Creams are preferred because when bio-identical hormones are taken orally they go straight to the liver, which converts them into a different hormone. Therefore, the preferred method of delivery for bio-identical hormones is in the form of creams or gels or sub-cutaneous suppositories, which are absorbed directly from the skin into the bloodstream.
There are many benefits gained by the natural, customized approach of BHRT, including:
- Weight Loss
- Higher Sex Drive
- Improved Look and Feel of Hair, Skin, and Nails
- Increased Mental Health
- Improved Memory
- Healthier Moods And Emotional Balance
- Lower Cholesterol Levels
- Decreased Risk of Osteoporosis
- Lower Risk of Heart Attack
- Reduced Risk of Stroke
Calgary Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Clare Westmacott M.D. of Ideal Health can provide detailed safety information, answer all questions, and discuss any concerns. He will listen carefully to the description of symptoms, will give patients information about symptoms, and educate them about hormone testing. Hormone balance is extremely delicate, and each person is different. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy supports this individual approach and fine- tuning for optimal benefits.