Why Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
When your hormones are out of balance you likely will experience symptoms that negatively affect your quality of life, and over time lead to aging and the development of diseases. So, the objective is to restore this balance in your body in the most natural way and with the least amount of risk and side effects.
Bio-identical hormones are prescription replacement hormones that are exact molecular matches to the hormone molecules that your body used to produce in adequate quantities for estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone. They are different from the molecules of “synthetic” hormones – like Premarin, Provera, and birth control pills – which have been used in this country for the past 50 years. These synthetic hormones were the only type that was studied in the Woman’s Health Initiative, which showed these synthetics to be linked to higher risks of breast cancer, blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.
In contrast, research and clinical practice have shown that the use of bio-identical hormones to re-establish and maintain the physiologic balance of the body’s hormonal systems can reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s, as well as other major illnesses. Bio-identical hormones have been used in Europe and Australia for decades.
Hormones at too low levels have health risks and too high levels can have health risks. When we restore the hormonal balance, we see a reduction in many of the symptoms of aging and the associated risks of long term chronic illnesses. We also see a return of vitality, energy, aliveness, passion, and better overall health – things most all of us want!