Hormones are forming the invisible web through which our cells, brain and body are constantly communicating and keeping the system work perfect. When they are imbalanced, hormone replacement therapy is one of the most serious decisions and treatments one can even come up with. This decision should never be done by asking a friend or googling it. The only thing you need to do is to book a visit to a hormone replacement doctor.
All the processes that go on in your body are controlled by hormones. If you have good skin, healthy metabolism and you don’t gain weight, sleep well and feel energized, then thank your hormones for a great and balanced job. It’s a mistake to think that hormone disbalance is a girlish thing and happens mostly during the perimenopause and menopause. Well, yes all women face that issue, but the hormone disbalance mostly happens with age, no matter what gender you are. (1)
What is the difference between hormone replacement therapy and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
The traditional hormone replacement is made from pregnant animal mares` urine and they are synthetic, as the Premarin is not bioidentical, at least not to human estrogen. There is a big risk of breast cancer, heart disease, blood clots, weight gain, etc.
While the Bioidentical hormones are made from plants identical in molecular structure with the hormones that body produces naturally. Technically, the body can’t distinguish bioidentical hormones from the ones your ovaries produce. Bioidentical estrogens are 17 beta-estradiol, estrone, and estriol.Bioidentical progesterone is simply progesterone. While again no matter how natural it is made or described, many people cannot take BHRT or any form of hormone replacement because of the side effects. So it’s very important to consult with a doctor and research every information given to you.
Benefits of the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
- Identical to you body hormones
As the structure of bioidentical hormones is the same as the chemical structure of your own hormones, your body accepts them more easily. You’re less likely to have side effects and can take them safely.
- Better sleep and mood
Balanced hormones make your brain and body work smoothly and this is the key reason for a good sleep. A good sleep has a great impact on your mood and energy.
- Sex drive
Hormones control your libido and promotes vaginal moisture and lubrication
- Thicker hair growth, healthier skin and bones
Balancing your hormones restarts the production of the proteins collagen and elastin which gives your skin more flexibility and smoothness, balanced estrogen improves the hair growth.
Hormone imbalance causes more production of osteoclasts. Osteoclasts are the cells that degrade bone to produce normal bone remodeling and initiate bone weakness by increasing their resorptive activity. BHRT keeps that process in balance.
- Fewer hot flashes and night sweats
- More energy
- Better mental clarity
All these due to balanced hormone work.
The only thing left is compounded hormones, which are very dangerous. FDA hasn’t approved any custom-compounded bioidentical hormones. (2)
There is nothing more important than your health. Your lifestyle and your happiness depends on that. So the only advice is: Be extra careful about what you drink, eat and what kind of medicine you are choosing.