Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Living in society in the 21st century, we are exposed to many ongoing stressors- both internal and external/environmental. In addition to the decline in our hormones that occurs withering, these internal and/or environmental stressors also affect the ability of our body to maintain optimal hormone levels. Symptoms of sluggishness, brain fog, confusion, memory loss, irritability, insomnia (to name a few) may set in. These hormonal imbalances especially affect women of both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal years, due to their relationship to estrogen and the menstrual cycle. It is important for women to understand that their hormones can be optimized naturally and that their quality of life can be greatly improved once these imbalances are diagnosed and treated.
Bioidentical Hormones are natural hormones that are identical in structure to our body’s own hormones. They originate from either soy or wild yam plant sterols that are put through chemical steps in a lab that alter them to become identical to hormones made in the body. They differ from synthetic hormones because synthetic hormones are not identical to the body’s own hormones, and as a result they lead to the creation of metabolites that may be harmful to the body.
Hormone imbalance can occur at any age. Most commonly it begins to occur after age 35, however, there are some women who experience it even earlier.
Below is a list of some signs and symptoms that can indicate that you may be suffering with hormonal imbalance.
Some symptoms related to these hormonal changes include:
- Heavy periods
- Water retention
- Low sex drive
- Memory loss
- Hot flashes
Some signs that you have a hormonal imbalance include:
- Low bone mineral density
- Recurrent miscarriages
- Ovarian cysts
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Fibrocystic breasts
Once the hormonal imbalance is identified, it can be corrected and many of these signs and symptoms can diminsish if not be eliminated entirely.