Bioidentical Hormones Replacement Therapy
The term "bioidentical" means the hormones in the product are chemically identical to those your body produces.
"Natural" means the hormones in the product come from plant or animal sources; they're not synthesized in a lab. However, many of these products still need to be commercially processed to become bioidentical.
Bioidentical hormone therapy is often called “natural hormone therapy” because bioidentical hormones act in the body just like the hormones we produce. Unlike synthetic hormones, which are used in conventional HRT, bio-identical hormones are not recognised as foreign to the body.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) replaces hormonal deficiencies so that optimal balance is created. The benefits of BHRT are very significant. BHRT relieves the symptoms that frequently accompany menopause and andropause. There is increasing evidence that it can reduce the risk of various medical and chronic conditions, such as stroke and heart attack, osteoporosis (which may even be reversed) and dementia. There is also a likely decrease in the risk of osteoarthritis and periodontal disease. BHRT significantly reduce wrinkles and the signs of aging.
BHRT is hormone therapy designed and tailored for each individual patient. Every patient is different and presents a unique set of symptoms and hormone levels that warrant a customised therapy. Signs and symptoms must be properly reviewed prior to commencing or recommending therapy.
Your hormone levels are measured usually by simple blood tests and an assessment is made during careful consultation with a doctor. The assessment may recommend treatment with bio-identical hormones. These are compounded in different strengths and proportions in accordance with your symptoms, test results and subsequent prescription. This makes each treatment plan bespoke and unique to you. We often also recommended specific supplements and vitamins to augment the BHRT that you have been prescribed.
During treatment period, it is important to monitor hormone levels and symptoms during each patient’s visit. The doctor can modify treatment regime based on the needs, symptoms and blood test results of the patient.