What Should You Know About Bioidentical Hormone Therapy For Menopause?
Posted: Dec 28, 2016
Bioidentical hormones are hormonal compounds that have identical chemical and molecular structures of naturally occurring endogenous human hormones. BHRT is a fast evolving hormonal replacement therapy that uses bioidentical hormones to cure many issues related to menopause as well as premenopausal hormonal imbalances. There are many studies conducted on these type of therapy and it is proven that BHRT is far different from synthetic hormonal therapy where later is not structurally similar to chemical and molecules structure of naturally occurring endogenous hormones. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has also gained popularity because of various claims that it reduces the risk of Alzheimer's, coronary artery disease, stroke or thromboembolism.
Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy
Menopause is a juncture in women's life when they are experiencing arapid decline of endogenous hormones and fertilization ability. It is a natural process but in most of the cases, women experience very unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, mood changes, sexual problems, fatigue and other physical and mental complications. Doctors prescribe Hormonal Replacement Therapy to alleviate the menopausal syndrome that may have many of the above symptoms.Conventional hormonal therapy (CHT) is the process using synthetic or non-bioidentical hormones. Many doctors prescribe this therapy as oral ingestion of tablet is convenient and help women having those problems. However, with the rising concern of side effects of synthetic hormones,many women opt for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormone therapy is gaining popularity because it is very well tolerated, easy to use, effective with very low side effects. The therapy is delivered through oral ingestion, transdermal or vaginal route. It has greatly helped the menopausal syndromes and consequently many women have embraced the therapy.
Bioidentical Hormones Origin And Processing
The basic aim of bioidentical hormones is to make them chemically and molecularly structurally identical to natural endogenous hormones. The hormone precursors are basically extracted from plants raw materials such wild yam and soy. These two plants particularly have plenty of hormonal precursors known as 'phytohormones' that in the body can be easily converted into bioidentical estrogen and progesterone, testosterone. The process is to first extract the molecules from plants and transformed into molecules of bioidentical hormones. There are technically not plant hormones but prepared in thelaboratory to create structurally identical hormones to work in the body as the natural ones.
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormonal Therapy
Bioidentical hormonal therapy is proven to be effective in the treatment of menopause and many age-related problems. The hormonal therapy re-establishes the hormonal balance in the body by mimicking the natural hormonal structures. They also use the same metabolic pathways as the natural hormones.
The bioidentical hormonal therapy doesn't have any side-effect and unpleasant health consequences like synthetic hormonal therapy. Bioidentical hormones alleviate all types of menopausal symptoms as well as menstrual cycle irregularity, uterine fibroids and PMS and others.
- BHRT prevents osteoporosis, increasing bone density and preventing tooth loss
- BHRT maintains muscle mass through active protein synthesis
- BHRT improves lipids and cholesterol levels
- BHRT prevents mood fluctuation and increase mental alertness
- BHRT also increases energy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a way to introduce molecular and chemically structurally identical compounds into the body. Unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement is the natural way of the body.