Why Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) vs. Conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
Conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) uses synthetic hormones such as Prempro, Premarin, and Provera. Synthetic hormones are man-made, chemically based and often patented, resulting in the same care for every patient.
Bioidentical hormone therapy uses bioidentical hormones, which are much different than their highly-controversial counterpart, synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones are custom-compounded hormones derived from naturally occurring sources, extracted from plants, such as yam and soy, designed to be an exact replica of natural hormones that the body organically produces.
The fundamental difference between conventional (synthetic) hormones and bioidentical hormones is the structure. Because bioidentical hormones are structurally identical to endogenous human hormones, they operate on the same cellular level, fitting with the proper receptors and initiating the same sequence of physiological reactions as natural hormones.
What are some Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms?
Hormone levels naturally fluctuate throughout different phases of life such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance typically are disregarded as part of the aging process; however, can detect a specific diagnosis. Good news is that they can be improved or even eliminated with the right treatment. Common symptoms include:
• erectile dysfunction
• memory loss
• back pain
• night sweats
• weight gain
• breast tenderness
• hot flashes
• hair loss
• fluid retention
• decreased libido
• mood changes
• heavy/ light periods
You do not need to have all symptoms to confirm you are showing signs of hormonal imbalance. In fact, you may have just two or three symptoms and they may vary at different times of the month. Additionally, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may also help relieve symptoms of PCOS & Thyroid Disorders.
What Causes Hormonal Imbalance?
There are many causes of hormonal imbalance including stress (emotional, work-related, dietary or physical), digestion problems (such as constipation, diarrhea and gas) and improper thyroid function. Within the human body are roughly one trillion cells that rely on the precise balance of hormones to carry out a variety of functions. Hormones act as chemical messengers in the body, and when any component in the system fails, the body can no longer perform optimally. Often, the symptoms related to hormone imbalances are due to barriers on the cellular level.
How Do You Know if You Have a Hormone Imbalance?
Dr. Lisa DiRenzo, will methodically evaluate your hormone imbalance symptoms, along with a comprehensive review of medical history, lifestyle and hormone testing to identify your personal healthcare needs.