An Introduction to Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical Hormones may be the answer to many common conditions

In the modern world, we have a new level of "normal" hormone levels in our bodies due to alterations in the environment including toxicity and pollution and dietary support for our bodies. Because of the increasing toxic load in our environments and reduction in nutrient-density of our diets, neither provide adequate support as compared to what our grandparents or even our parents experienced in their lifetimes.

What is considered normal hormonal levels on a blood test, whether it is thyroid, testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, or DHEA, is based upon a calculated average on a group that includes people with sub-optimal health. 

The ranges on a hormonal test are large and being within the range may not mean that you are healthy, just that you are not seriously ill. The hormonal test ranges were established in a similar fashion as the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for specific nutrients. Receiving 100 percent of the RDA may only prevent you from serious deficiency diseases like scurvy, anemia, rickets, pellagra, beri beri, xerophthalmia, goiter or osteoporosis. It does not ensure optimum health and vitality. Similarly, for optimum hormonal health, you need to be in the upper quarter of the range on your hormonal test.

How do hormones function?

In women and men alike, levels of hormones in our bodies are in charge of most major body functions including our reproductive, cardiovascular, nervous, and immune system, our mood, energy, metabolism and appetite. These systems can be adversely affected by too-low hormone levels that can lead to conditions and diseases to which our bodies become vulnerable. Hormones protect our bodies on a cellular level, and in particular, provide strength to our cells and support us for more optimal efficiency of those organ systems.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Manufactured in pharmaceutical labs, bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to those produced naturally and may help the body find hormonal balance. Bioidentical hormones are produced from various plant and/or animal products and include the following:

  • Estradiol hemihydrate, including Vagifem
  • Estradiol acetate, including Femring
  • 17 beta-estradiols, including the drugs Estradil, Estrace and Estring
  • Micronized progesterone USP, such as Prochieve and Prometrium

Some larger pharmaceutical corporations produce specific bioidentical hormones; these are FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulated. Bioidentical hormones are manufactured by compounding pharmacies which formulate their own bioidentical hormones, and only some are regulated by the FDA. Here is a list of some that are FDA regulated:

  • Eclim
  • Estraderm
  • FemPatch
  • Vivelle
  • Menostar
  • Alora
  • Estrace, Glynodiol, Innofem

Source: https://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/fda-approved-bioidentical-hormones-for-menopausal-symptoms

Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319465.php

What benefits can bioidentical hormone replacement provide?

  • Improved energy levels
  • Support for normal sex drive
  • Emotional wellness - counteract depression and brain fog
  • Improved memory, focus and alertness
  • Anti-aging benefits
  • Support to avoid heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer's, cancer, dementia and other conditions typical in aging

These benefits make bioidentical hormone therapy a powerful tool against many illnesses. If you're considering bioidentical hormone therapy, or are curious about it and would like more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith today!

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