Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormones are chemicals that are produced within our bodies. They are responsible for each stage of our development and growth from infancy through puberty, reproduction, and old age. Hormones maintain the chemical balance within our bodies by controlling major functions including our metabolism, our immune system, our reproductive systems, our nervous system, and others.
As we age, our normal hormone levels begin to fluctuate and decline, which has physical and mental effects in both women and men.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The first hormone replacement supplements were developed in the 1930 to provide relief from the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, etc. These first hormone supplements were “bioidentical”. That is, their molecular structure is identical to the molecules created by our own bodies.
Synthetic hormone supplements were first developed in the 1940′s. Unfortunately, the mass-produced synthetic hormones do NOT match the molecular structure of the naturally occuring hormones in our bodies. Synthetic hormones are animal-derived, from the urine of pregnant horses, and often produce unpleasant side effects such as nausea, fluid retention, and dizziness.
Bioidentical Hormones are hormone supplements that are plant-derived, primarily from soy and yam. The bioidentical powders and other elements are then compounded into pellets or topical creams by “compounding” pharmacies, according to a doctor’s prescription.
At New Day Wellness the use of pellets to naturally restore a patients hormone levels is our preferred therapy. When bioidentical hormones are taken orally they go straight to the liver, which converts them into a different hormone. When topical creams or gels are used the effective dosage becomes subject to a patient’s ability to consistently and accurately apply the proper amount. In addition, the use of creams contribute to a “roller-coaster” effect in which levels can rapidly increase or decrease on a daily cycle related to its application. A pellet is a specially created unit of plant-derived hormones that is approximately the size of a grain of rice. A customized combination/dosage is inserted under the skin by a medical provider and requires no additional dosage by the patient. It gives you (the patient) balanced hormones, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for four to five months, or even longer. Therefore our preferred method of delivery for bioidentical hormones is in the form of pellets but at New Day Wellness Center we work with a patient to develop a custom therapy for them that may utilize creams or gels if appropriate.
There are many benefits and advantages to using bioidentical hormones.
One of the most important is that the dosage can be tailored to each individual’s unique hormone requirements. Hormone balance is extremely delicate, and each person is different. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy supports this individual approach and fine tuning for optimal benefits.
Other benefits of Bioidentical HRT include the following:
- Improved weight loss
- Improved sex drive
- Improved look and feel of hair and skin and nails
- Improved mental health
- Improved memory
- Improved mood and emotional balance
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Decreased risk of osteoporosis
At New Day Wellness Dr. Black and our staff are educated and trained in the effective use of bioidentical hormones for the relief of symptoms caused by age-related hormone imbalance in women and men. By providing hormones that are an exact biochemical match of your own hormones, it is possible to restore your hormones back to the balance you had in your 20′s & 30′s.
If you want to live your life to its fullest – mentally, physically, emotionally – you now have the chance to do so.