What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Billings Montana Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy doctor, Roy R. Hall, M.D. at Mountian Health Functional Medicine clinic is in the business of offering hope. Hormones are important for the physical performance, vitality, and general well-being of humans. In fact, the memory, immune system, and the entire body are only able to function correctly if hormone levels are balanced. As humans age, organs and endocrine glands become less efficient, and natural hormone production is impaired by poor diet, busy lifestyles, and stress. Unfortunately, chronic hormone deficiencies may result in many different physical problems. For patients dealing with a hormonal imbalance, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may provide an excellent treatment option.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
There’s a large amount of confusion about the term “bioidentical.” Bioidentical Hormones are hormones that are an exact chemical match to the hormones naturally made by the human body. Some forms of synthetic hormones are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and can be ineffective or cause side effects. Bioidentical Hormones are prepared by compounding pharmacists and are unique to each patient, designed to be a custom match for the patient’s individual conditions.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy involves the therapeutic use of hormones that are chemically and biologically identical to hormones the body naturally makes. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapies include progesterone, testosterone, and estrogens, as well as cortisol and thyroid hormones.
These hormones feature a molecular structure that is bioidentical to that of human hormones – they are not synthesized or extracted from animal sources. Many of these hormones are made from plants such as wild yams and soybeans, which have unique compounds that are chemically processed and made into replicas that are identical to the hormones produced in the body. The benefit of this therapy is that the body is given the same molecule that it has made naturally for years, instead of giving the body something from animal urine or something that doesn’t exist in nature.
The History of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy was first used in the 1930s for the relief of menopausal symptoms. James Collip, a Canadian researcher, found a way to extract estrogen from the urine of expectant mothers, and marketed the hormone in a product known as Emmenin. During the 1970s, reports and research began to show that synthetic conjugated estrogens came with some serious risks, and the British Medical Journal began recommending oral bioidentical progesterone for cases when the side effects of synthetic progestogens required treatment to be stopped. The FDA approved the use of Prometrium, an oral bioidentical progesterone preparation, in the United States in 1998.
Two of the early pioneers of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy included Dr. Jonathan Wright and Dr. John R. Lee. Wright and Lee both authored books on the use of Bioidentical Hormones, and Lee promoted the use of custom-compounded hormones that helped the body achieve a natural hormone balance. Wright later began promoting a triple-estrogen preparation he named “Triest,” which was a combination of estriol, estrone, and estradiol, three of the estrogens that are found in the human female body.
The Uses of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is used to help rebalance hormones and eliminate problems with a hormone deficiency. Both men and women can benefit from this therapy. Here’s a closer look at some of the uses of this therapy for both men and women.
Bioidentical Hormones are often used in men to:
- Decrease problems with erectile dysfunction, helping to restore libido in men who have hormonal imbalances due to age.
- Decrease depression in males who were experiencing depression due to low testosterone levels.
- Reduce problems with irritability and mood swings, which commonly occur due to many hormonal issues in men.
- Reduce fatigue and improve energy in men of all ages who were dealing with hormonal deficiencies.
- Improve the quality and quantity of sleep in men who had difficulty sleeping due to hormonal imbalances or deficiencies.
- Improve attention and concentration in men.
Bioidentical Hormones are often used in women to:
- Improve weight loss results, particularly in older women, since hormonal imbalances and related symptoms often make it difficult for older women to lose weight.
- Help improve the look and feel of nails and hair, strengthening hair and nails in women who had issues due to hormonal imbalances.
- Reduce problems with acne and other skin problems that occur as a result of a hormone imbalance of deficiency, which often occurs at the time of menses.
- Decrease anxiety, stress and depression caused by hormonal issues.
- Improve libido and interest in intimacy in women who had a decline in their sex drive as they grew older.
- Reduce the risk of certain diseases that come with aging, such as osteoporosis, if the issue was caused by an underlying hormonal imbalance.
- Reduce problems with irritability and mood swings in aging women who deal with these problems due to hormonal changes.
Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe?
Many medical professionals actually feel more comfortable using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy on patients instead of hormones that are from animal urine or hormones that don’t exist in nature. Since these hormones are carefully prescribed, hormone levels stay within the body’s normal range of hormones, ensuring that side effects are minimal. However, it is always essential to make sure that an experienced, qualified medical professional prescribes Bioidentical Hormones after determining that a hormonal imbalance or deficiency is present.
There are also numerous benefits specific to each gender. If you’re ready to experience life again and not just get through it, contact Billings Montana Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy doctor, Roy R. Hall, M.D’s office today to schedule your first consultation.