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Menopause and Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

As people have become more eco-conscious, there has been a greater shift to finding more natural alternatives to many things, including conventional medicine.  Recently, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has come into the spotlight as a replacement therapy for HRT in the treatment of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause such as vaginal dryness, declining libido, hot flushes, night sweats, mood changes, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, weight gain and sleep issues.  Like with HRT, BHRT is used to increase the levels of dropping hormones during this ‘change of life’. 

In addition to managing the symptoms of menopause, hormone replacement therapy has been thought to reduce the risk for diabetes, tooth loss and cataracts. There is also evidence that it can also improve skin hydration, elasticity and thickness as well as reducing wrinkles.

What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are manmade custom-compounded hormones derived from plant oestrogens such as yam and soybean, that are said to have the same chemical and molecular structure as the hormones produced by our bodies. The hormones most commonly replicated and used in the treatment are oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone and come in the form of pills, patches, creams, gels, implanted pellets and injections.

Some bioidentical hormones are manufactured by drug companies but when bioidentical hormones are custom made by a pharmacy to a practitioner’s specifications, this process is known as compounding which involves ingredients being combined or altered to meet the needs of an individual.  

The Risks of Bioidentical Hormones

The risks and potential side effects of any hormone replacement therapy vary among women depending on their health history. Many women are not even able to take any hormone replacement products. It is thus paramount that you discuss the pros and cons with your health practitioner before you embark on any hormone replacement therapy. 

Research has shown that in general, all hormone replacement therapy may increase your risk for blood clots, strokes, gallbladder disease, heart disease and breast cancer. This is not the case with BHRT.

BHRT is much safer than conventional HRT due to the combination of different oestrogens and progesterone. 

 I have been prescribing BHRT for the past 15 years with great success my patients have experienced very few side effects.

Many of my patients have gone off the conventional replacement to the bioidentical form with great success. 

Considering BHRT?

BHRT is definitely an option to help women who have symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause where hormone levels are low or otherwise unbalanced. 

Because bioidentical hormones are manmade hormones derived from plant oestrogens and not from the urine of pregnant mares, this makes bioidentical hormone therapy animal cruelty free.

If you choose BHRT for menopause, you should be monitored regularly to evaluate your body’s response. It is also recommended that you elect to use the correct dose available that will produce results and you can use for an undetermined time as it is very safe.

As a Doctor of Naturopathy and Homoeopathy, finding a holistic approach to healing is what Dr Alain Sanua does best. Talk to him today about your menopause symptoms and bioidentical hormone therapy.


 

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