What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical Hormones are compounds that are created from naturally occurring and synthetic substances that are purified, combined and tested within a laboratory to mimic those produced within your body. Bioidentical Hormones are used to help treat hormonal imbalances that occur before, during, and after menopause. Commonly used Hormones include Estrogen’s, Progesterone’s, Testosterone, Thyroid, and others. The bio-identical hormones used for compounding or the formulation of various forms (tablets, capsules, suppositories, creams, lozenges, etc) come from plant sources such as soy or yam. They are processed so that the end result is absolutely no different than the human hormone. They do not need anything from the body such as certain enzymes to convert them to the actual hormone. Bioidentical hormone therapy comes in a variety of strengths and formulations including creams, gels, ointments, patches, hormone pills, suppositories, and pellets that are all uniquely individualized for each patient’s needs. As compared with traditional Hormone replacement therapy, Bio-identical hormone therapy is known to potentially be a safer, and more effective alternative form of treatment for hormone imbalance. One of the largest benefits of Bioidenticals is consistently fewer side effects, which is one of the most common reasons patients discontinue traditional hormone replacement therapy.
The decision to take hormones during the transition to menopause is a very personal one. We are here to partner with you in making these important decisions. It is our goal to give you as much information as possible and to answer your questions and help guide you through your choices.