What is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
Even Oprah is giving bioidentical hormone therapy props as an effective treatment for the symptoms of menopause. But what is bioidentical hormone therapy? Bioidentical hormone therapy treats health conditions caused by a shortage of a hormone. The most common hormone treatments are for estrogen, testosterone and progesterone.
Doctors have been doing hormone replacement therapy for a while now, so what makes bioidentical hormone therapy stand out? Unlike pharmaceutical hormones, bioidentical hormones are made from plant derivatives, so they match 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 match the bodies chemistry. A bioidentical hormone is similar to the hormones that your body would create on it's own.
The most common use of bioidentical hormone therapy 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 hormone therapy 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 hormone therapy 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 therapy 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. Dan Herera, M.D., D.C., provides a cutting edge approach to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. In addition to the expertise of Dr. Herera, 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. Herera a call today.