Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is used to treat patients when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced. Hormones control most of the basic bodily functions. They act as a communication system between cells throughout the body. Hormones coordinate everything from growth and digestion to appetite, mood, immune function, and libido. So, when there is even a slight imbalance in hormones, it can have a negative impact on the health and well-being of a person.
Often, when people encounter a drop or hormones become unbalanced, hormone replacement therapies (HRT) are administered to ease the symptoms. There are two types of hormone replacement therapies one such therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), has gained the attention of the doctors and patients in recent years. It provides a “natural” solution to a hormone problem present in the body. It is mostly used to provide relief from the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.
At times, it is used to improve symptoms of cancer or to treat particular conditions. Bioidentical hormones are created by humans from hormones taken from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to the one produced in the human body. The most commonly replicated hormones used for treatment are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
How does bioidentical hormone therapy works?
There are several factors such as age, diet, stress and health history that can weaken the hormones or can slow down the production hormones in the body. With the help of natural or bioidentical hormones, the depleted hormones are replenished in order to bring the functioning of hormones to an optimal level.
Are bioidentical hormones safe?
Bioidentical hormones are way safer and natural than the synthetic hormones available in the market. They are much more effective than the latter as the former is made from ‘natural’ sources like soybean and yam plants. The molecular structure of bioidentical hormones are identical to the hormones produced in the body produces naturally. So, through a bioidentical hormone, nothing new is added to the body, instead, replenishing what the body is lacking at the time of therapy.
How long will it take for bioidentical hormone therapy to work?
There are several factors that determine how quickly a patient responds to BHRT. Factors such as the weakness in hormones or the lack of a particular hormone can affect as to how much time a patient needs to see the changes taking place. However, the changes are visible in 3-4 weeks time once the bioidentical hormone therapy starts.