What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a hormone replacement that uses hormones with molecular structures that are identical as the hormones produced within the human body. Since the human body requires a hormonal balance to function properly, adjusting the balance with prescribed medications, compounded medications and supplements will help stimulate the body’s healing mechanism.
Who benefits from BHRT?
Many women and men who suffer from symptoms of chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, menopause, andropause, perimenopause, Thyroid dysfunction and many other hormonal imbalances, can and do benefit from Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. As we mature, our bodies start to lose the ability or capacity to produce hormones at the optimum level. Dr. Onishi orders blood and saliva labs and uses these lab results to decide which hormones need to be supplemented to help you function at your best.
What is the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones?
Synthetic hormones are manufactured in laboratories, for mass consumption, in other words, one-pill-fits-all. Because they are synthetic and not natural, they can produce unwanted side effects like nausea, fluid retention, and dizziness. And there are also potential dangers like the increased risk of breast or uterine cancer.
Bioidentical hormones, contrary to synthetic hormones, are extracted from natural sources, plants like soybean and wild yams, and their molecular structure is identical to that of the hormones produced by our bodies. They can also be compounded (made into cream) to suit your specific hormone replacements needs, allowing you to receive individualized treatment.
Some advantages of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are; improved look and feel of hair and skin, weight loss, improved sex drive, improved mental health, lower cholesterol levels, decreased risk of osteoporosis, decreased risk of heart attack and stroke and so much more!
Why should you use bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones have been successfully used by men and women for decades. In well known medical journals, researchers have reported that the bioidentical hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are not only safe but also have a positive impact on some diseases like osteoporosis and prostate cancer.
Do women and men need bioidentical hormone replacement (BHRT) for life?
Humans are a unique species when it comes to the fact that we live much of our lives outside our reproductive years. Most animals in the wild do not live beyond their ability to reproduce – many don’t even live beyond puberty. Our increased life expectancy is relatively recent – only women and men in the past couple of generations have a life expectancy beyond 50 years. There is certainly much controversy about whether or not it’s appropriate to restore hormones to youthful levels as people age.
There are two main perspectives when it comes to hormone replacement: use the lowest dosage for the shortest time possible only to treat symptoms, or use individualized dosages for longer periods of time to maintain youthfulness and prevent diseases of aging. Both perspectives require proper evaluation of your specific risks, as well as appropriate follow-up.