Bio-identical (Natural) Hormone Replacement Therapy
Natural (Bio-identical) Hormone Replacement
Bio-identical Hormone Therapy is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) using hormones that are structurally identical to those in the human body. It is gaining popularity for treatment of symptoms of both menopause and andropause.
Hormonal production reaches its peak in humans around age 25-30. After that there is a gradual and natural decline. In women the ratio of estrogen to progesterone also slowly becomes unbalanced as women produce less estrogen over time.
Hormone Replacement for Women
As their hormones decline, women can experience a range of symptoms, such as hot flashes, low libido, insomnia, mood swings, memory loss, depression, urinary incontinence and osteoporosis. Traditionally, synthetic hormones have been used to replace the hormones that decline rapidly at the onset of menopause. These synthetic hormones have serious side effects, such as an increased risk of blood clots, heart disease, and breast and ovarian cancer. Bio-identical Hormone Therapy is a way to avoid these side effects and still get the benefits of relief from menopausal symptoms.
Hormone Replacement for Male Menopause
While all men experience a decline in testosterone production after the age of 25, some men suffer a profound reduction of testosterone levels. They have symptoms similar to menopause, but they do not experience a complete shutdown of their reproductive system.
This drop off in testosterone is called andropause. Male symptoms include loss of muscle mass, strength and endurance, loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction, hair loss, depression, loss of self-confidence, insomnia, memory problems, and low energy. The combination of low testosterone and high cortisol can cause mood swings, known as Irritable Man Syndrome. During andropause the conversion of testosterone to estrogen may also increase, which leads to increased body weight.
Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy is a form of Testosterone Replacement Therapy that increases muscle mass and lowers insulin, which can reduce inflammation, blood sugar, and body weight.