Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
Testing & Treatment
First, your hormone imbalances will be evaluated with a careful history and physical exam. Second, testing by blood, saliva or urine may be recommended to get a clearer picture or what is going on in your body. After this we will begin treatment to correct your imbalances – this may start with diet, exercise, nutrient and herbal medicine, or we may recommend going straight into bio-identical hormone replacement.
If you are post menopausal and certain of your desire to begin treatment with BHRT, we will get serum blood work done through Life Labs after your first visit, and follow up with repeat testing about 3 months after your treatment has started. Your doses may be adjusted several times based on how you are feeling as well as your test results, until we reach the perfect balance.
Bio-Identical vs. Synthetic Hormones
Bio-identical hormones are derived from natural sources and mimic the exact same hormones that your body produces. They have been shown to be safer and more effective than synthetic hormones in a number of studies. These are NOT your mother’s or grandmother’s hormones and you need not have the same fears they had for side effects and risks.
The synthetic hormones that have been used in conventional medicine for decades have a significantly different molecular structure than our own hormones. So while they can relieve some of the symptoms associated with hormone deficiencies, they often produce unwanted side effects and increased risks for cancers and cardiovascular disease.
Bio-identical estrogen is always prescribed in a cream form, that is applied either to the chest, thighs, wrists or vaginally in some cases. The transdermal approach allows us to bi-pass what is call ‘first pass metabolism’, which leads to less hazardous bi-products and less stress on the liver. Progesterone can be given in transdermal or oral forms, depending on your particular concerns.
Leading a healthy, vital, active life is within reach.
If you have been struggling with any of the above symptoms do not hesitate any longer; safe and effective treatments are available to you!