What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy? As men and women get older, their bodies produce less hormones. Usually this results in a natural aging process, but sometimes it can cause health complications. There are also other health conditions which can lead to declining hormone levels, with similarly undesirable results. The most common hormone treatments are for estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. By restoring hormones to a healthy level, these complications can be relieved.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy provides an alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy. 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 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 hormone replacement 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 replacement 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 replacement 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 replacement therapy from a qualified medical professional rather than buying it over the internet. Receiving bioidentical hormone replacement 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 cutting edge approaces 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.