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What are bioidentical hormones and how are they used?

 

These are hormones which are man-made, but which are also very similar to those produced by the human body.

They can be made by a drug company and they often originate from plant sources. They can be delivered as creams, gels, pills, suppositories, and sprays and several have won FDA approval as safe to use in the USA.

Some medical experts in the field of menopause say the phrase ‘body identical’ is a better explanation as there are also man-made hormones which can be made to order and then mixed and customised by pharmacists to a doctor’s or nurse prescribers prescription. The aim  is to determine the hormonal needs of each individual patient using a series of serum and saliva tests.

What sort of bioidentical hormones are being produced?

The hormones which change as we age, oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are commonly matched by bioidentical hormones. Some, including progesterone, are molecularly identical to the hormone generated in the body.

What are they being used to treat?

Often, they are used to treat the symptoms of the menopause including hot flushes, night sweats, loss of interest in sex, loss of energy, fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle, mood swings, memory loss, and problems sleeping.

One of the menopause symptoms relating to the skin is a loss of collagen and elastin, something which raising the level of oestrogen slows down.

In the USA, 40% of all hormone replacement therapy prescriptions for the menopause use bioidentical hormones, according to the North American Menopause Society. It says around 1.4 million women are now using this treatment.

Dosages are decided by the close observation of a patient’s symptoms and adjusted where necessary.

Are they different to conventional HRT?

Research has shown that women who take HRT may face an increased risk for some diseases and conditions including heart disease, blood clots, strokes, gall bladder problems, and breast cancer.

Bioidentical hormones haven’t been through the same large-scale research studies as conventional HRT and there is no suggestion they are safer or that they reduce those risks.

Both forms of hormone therapy have potential risks, and both have potential side effects such as weight gain, spotting, and bloating.

However, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy does give doctors more choice to find the right hormones and hormone levels for their patients. In certain individual cases, someone might also react badly to conventional HRT and be unable to take it.

What does bioidentical mean?

These are hormones which are man-made, but which are also very similar to those produced by the human body. They can be made by a drug company and they often originate from plant sources. They can be delivered as creams, gels, pills, suppositories, and sprays and several have won FDA approval as safe to use in the USA.

Some medical experts in the field of menopause say the phrase ‘body identical’ is a better explanation as there are also man-made hormones which can be made to order and then mixed and customised by pharmacists to a doctor’s prescription.

The aim with these is to determine the hormonal needs of each individual patient using a series of serum and saliva tests.

These are compounded bioidentical hormones delivered as creams, lozenges, and suppositories. As yet, these compounded hormones have not won FDA approval as little research has been carried out on them.

What sort of bioidentical hormones are being produced?

The hormones which change as we age, oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are commonly matched by bioidentical hormones. Some, including progesterone, are molecularly identical to the hormone generated in the body.

What are they being used to treat?

Often, they are used to treat the symptoms of the menopause including hot flushes, night sweats, loss of libido, loss of energy, fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle, mood swings, memory loss, and problems sleeping.

One of the menopause symptoms relating to the skin is a loss of collagen and elastin, something which raising the level of oestrogen slows down. A  dermal filler product that Nurse Julie uses with great effect is Ellanse which actually stimulates the body’s own collagen. Click here to see more https://jbcosmetic.co.uk/face-treatments/ellanse-dermal-fillers/

Going back to the bio-identical hormones, interestingly, in the USA, 40% of all hormone replacement therapy prescriptions for the menopause use bioidentical hormones, according to the North American Menopause Society who state that around 1.4 million women are now using this treatment. Dosages are decided by the close observation of a patient’s symptoms and adjusted where necessary.

Are bio-identical different to conventional HRT?

Research has shown that women who take HRT may face an increased risk for some diseases and conditions including heart disease, blood clots, strokes, gall bladder problems, and breast cancer. On the other hand, bioidentical hormones haven’t been through the same large-scale research studies as conventional HRT and there is no suggestion they are safer or that they reduce those risks. Both forms of hormone therapy have potential risks, and both have potential side effects such as weight gain, spotting, and bloating.

However, to conclude, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy does give practitioners  more choice to find the right hormones and hormone levels for their patients. In certain individual cases, someone might also react badly to conventional HRT and be unable to take it.

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