Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Bio-identical hormones can be used to supplement our own hormone production and therefore treat symptoms associated with these hormone imbalances.
‘Bio-identical’ hormones are compounds that are identical in structure to those that are produced by our own human body, and are made from natural sources like soy or wild yam.
Benefits of BHRT
Hormone levels decline with age. In women, the resulting hormone imbalances are associated with development of wrinkles & loss of skin elasticity, reduction in bone density, and symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, weight gain, mood changes, etc.
These symptoms typically develop around perimenopause or menopause. Bioidentical hormones can be used to supplement our own hormone production and therefore treat symptoms associated with these hormone imbalances.
There are also cases where bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used to support younger women. Progesterone is a great example. Progesterone production tends to begin its decline around our mid-30s. Progesterone can help with insomnia, painful periods, mood issues, but it is most famous for its role in pregnancy. Good levels of progesterone (“pro”-“gestation”) are absolutely critical to support pregnancy. With more and more women conceiving babies in their 30s, bioidentical progesterone may be used to support fertility.
Progesterone may also be used to support women with endometriosis. Women with endometriosis are typically estrogen dominant, with progesterone deficiency and/or progesterone resistance. In these cases progesterone may help significantly reduce pain and other symptoms associated with endo.
It has been shown to improve skin texture, and elasticity, and to reduce wrinkles.
In cancer patients, BHRT has improved general well-being and quality of life.