Another name for bio-identical hormone replacement is “natural hormone replacement.” These hormones are identical in molecular structure to those that women produce naturally within their bodies. Unlike pharmaceuticals that are combinations of lab-made estrogen and progestin, bioidentical hormone replacement utilizes natural plant chemicals from soy and yams and are well-received by the body.
What Are the Benefits?
According to multiple and ongoing clinical trials, the female body cannot distinguish between ovary-produced and bio-identical hormones. This therapy is effective in relieving symptoms of menopause without the same harsh side effects that pharmaceutical-grade hormones cause.
Who Is a Candidate?
The prime candidates for bio-identical hormone replacement are menopausal and post-menopausal women who either do not quality for other alternatives or would prefer a more natural approach to hormone balance. However, anyone with a hormonal imbalance, including men, may benefit from natural replacement. Some of the prime symptoms of hormonal imbalance include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Memory loss
- Loss of libido and sexual dysfunction
- Anxiety, depression, and other psychosocial disorders
- Tiredness/chronic fatigue
- Unexplained weight gain
- High cholesterol and blood pressure
- Loss of bone density
Those who choose bioidentical hormone replacement enjoy:
- Increased vitality
- Higher bone density
- Fat loss and increased muscle mass
- Healthier sleeping patterns
- Balanced moods
What to Expect
Women who are considering any hormone replacement therapy, including bio-identical hormone replacement, should do so under medical supervision. A natural hormone replacement is often also combined with a solid nutritional plan and an exercise routine, all of which support better health. Since bio-identical hormone replacement is gentler on the body than pharmaceutical options, women will notice an increase in energy and a decrease in menopause symptoms soon after beginning treatment. Although side effects are rare and usually get better on their own over time, they include nausea with or without vomiting, sleeplessness, and, very rarely, anxiety.
Although the FDA does not regulate bio-identical hormone replacement, it is widely considered a safe and effective alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapies. In fact, many celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey, are increasingly promoting bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to effectively manage menopause symptoms.
At Allure Rejuvenation and Anti-Aging, we offer a wide range of aesthetic and anti-aging services. Our medical team will work with you to determine the safest and most effective treatments for your specific needs. Together we’ll create a treatment plan that is designed to give you the best possible results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.