What is a Bioidentical Hormone?
Have you heard about bioidentical hormone therapy? Even Oprah is giving it props as an effective treatment for the symptoms of menopause. But what is a bioidentical hormone?
Unlike pharmaceutical hormones, bioidentical hormones are made from plant derivatives, so they are similar to the body's unique chemistry. Wild Yam and soy are often used as the base to create bioidentical hormones. They are still made in a laboratory, but because of their unique nature based formulation they are similar to the body's chemistry. A bioidentical hormone is similar to the hormones that your body would create on it's own.
The most common use of bioidentical hormones is for symptoms of menopause, however it can be used effectively to treat many other hormone related conditions in women as well, such as:
- PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder)
- PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Postpartum Depression
Men can also benefit from bioidentical hormones if they experience low testosterone. Men suffering from low testosterone may experience infertility, decreased sexual desire, erectile dysfunction (ED), hair loss, decreased muscle mass and/or osteoporosis. Bioidentical hormones can restore testosterone to normal levels, and alleviate these symptoms.
There is some controversy due to the fact that the government does not directly regulate bioidentical hormones because they are a natural, rather than pharmaceutical product. This is why it is important to receive bioidentical hormone treatment from a qualified medical professional rather than buying it over the internet. Receiving bioidentical hormone therapy from a health care provider ensures that your treatment will be supported with blood tests, and that the effectiveness of the product and dosage will be closely monitored.
Dr. Robert Berberian, M.D. provides a cutting edge approach to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. In addition to the expertise of Dr. Berbarian, who provides traditional medical services, Dr. Peter Ferraro adds the benefits of chiropractic medicine, which restores balance to the nervous system and supports total wellness. This twofold approach provides dramatic treatment results. Want to hear more? Give Dr. Berberain a call today.