Understanding Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

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What are Bio-Identical Hormones?

The three primary terms related to hormones replacement are: synthetic, natural, and bio-identical. The best way to understand these terms is to know that all hormones are natural, but not all hormones are identical to human hormones. Estrogen is a good example of this situation. Non-pregnant women produce three biological estrogens: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). One of the many estrogens produced by a female horse is Equilin. This form of estrogen is not produced in the human body but is found in many prescription hormone replacement medications. These medications are called synthetic hormones because they contain a hormone that is not biologically produced by humans. Fortunately, there are animals, and even some plants, that can produce hormones that are identical to the ones produced by the human body, these are known as Bio-identical.

Why do I need Hormone Replacement?

In humans, hormones reach their optimal levels when we are in our twenties. It is no coincidence that is also when the majority of us feel our best and healthiest. As we progress into our thirties hormone production begins to slow. By our forties, most of us are showing some signs and symptoms of falling hormone levels. Once into our fifties, we start feeling the effects of multiple hormone deficiencies. As we enter our sixties and beyond, these deficiencies  start to add up and we develop more and more related complaints. We have been told that it is just a normal part of getting older and we need to learn how to deal with our aging bodies.


A growing amount of research shows that restoring hormones to the optimal levels of our twenties improves a persons quality of life, decreasing, or even resolving many of these "Normal Aging" related symptoms. 


Hormone Replacement Therapy will not make you younger, but it will make you feel younger.

Which Hormones do I need?

DHEA

DHEA is the most abundant hormone in the body, but is one of the first to start dropping. It has many beneficial effects and is a primary building block for other hormones, such as, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It improves the function of the immune system, improves brain function, decreases inflammation, increases energy levels and improves the bodies ability to use insulin. 


Testosterone

It is the primary male sex hormone. It has recently been shown to be linked to longer healthier lives in both men and women. It is also responsible for the sex drive of both men and women. In both sexes, levels begin to drop in our 40's. 


Testosterone Benefits for Men and Women

Men who receive testosterone replacement  report feeling sexier, stronger and healthier. It results in increased muscle size and strength, increased energy, decreased fat, improved sexual function.

Women who receive testosterone also report an improvement of overall sense of well-being. It results in increased libido and sexual responsiveness, increased energy, reduction of menopausal symptoms, improved bone strength. Most women are unaware that the best hormone for the skin is testosterone. It prevents thinning and wrinkles by increasing collagen and elastin.


Thyroid

It regulates body temperature, metabolism, and cerebral function. It increases fat breakdown resulting in weight loss, improved energy, and lower cholesterol. It relieves symptoms of thin, sparse hair, dry skin, and thin nails. It decreases "foggy brain".


Estrogen

Estrogen vastly improves the quality of day-to-day life for a postmenopausal woman. It makes them feel more youthful and energized. It improves muscle tone, wrinkles, and bone density. It makes sex more enjoyable and satisfying. Improves vaginal dryness and stress incontinence. Decrease the risk, and incidence, of heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer's.


Progesterone

It is a female hormone equally as important as estrogen because it balances the effects of estrogen.  They are meant to work together. Progesterone production decrease, and then stops, much sooner than estrogen production.  This leaves an imbalance which has many unpleasant symptoms, more commonly referred to as menopause.  Replacement therapy reduces symptoms of menopause, improves sleep, decreases frequency and severity of headaches, improves depression. 


Melatonin

Melatonin is also a hormone that decreases with age. It is important because it improves the sleep pattern, as well as depth and quality of sleep. It possesses potent anti-oxidation effects. It helps lower blood pressure, decrease migraines, and cluster headaches. One of the most important effects is that it decreases the need to get up during the night to urinate.