What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause?

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Q: Next week my mom is going to Texas for her HRT treatment. Her health consoler told her to go with bio identical hormone replacement therapy and we don’t know anything about this treatment. Please guide me! Thank you!
Expert Answer

The use of hormonal supplements that are similar in chemical structure to those naturally produced by the body is referred to as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and is aimed at dealing with symptoms of menopause (perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal), which come about as a result of hormonal imbalance. The various forms of this therapy currently include static dosing and rhythmic cycling (tailored towards the climax of the reproductive or fertile periods in a woman).

When is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Used?

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

Ideally, this therapy is handy for women in who start having reduced* levels of the reproductive hormones, leading to symptoms of menopause at the various stages (perimenopause to Postmenopause). For women who are way too below the initial stages of menopause, but for some reason lose* on hormonal balance, this therapy is also recommended.

How to Know you Can Benefit From Hormone Replacement Therapy?

It is not a difficult thing to know if you stand to be a beneficiary of this therapy. As soon as several of the symptoms of menopause start showing up in your life (hot flashes, sleeping problems, dryness in the vagina, loss of bones, urine incontinence, reduced* sex drive, and mood swings), then you have every reason to know that your hormones are getting out of balance, hence the need to opt for this therapy. Alternatively, let your physician (hopefully a specialist in these matters), run tests on your urine, blood or saliva specimens, to establish the level of your hormonal balance.

Hormones Most Often Used in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Generally, the hormones that are most often used in bioidentical therapy are the steroid hormones (estrogens, progestin, testosterone, cortisol, etc.) and peptide hormones (T3 and T4). Key to remember is the fact that whichever hormones get to be used, they must have chemical resemblance to those present in the body- for what is present in the body is what this therapy seeks to replace. Even so, it is strongly recommended that proper testing is done to establish the levels of hormones for purposes of customizing the dosage, subsequently boosting body immunity against diseases.

How Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is Administered

The administration of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy takes place in different forms. These applications may be include creams, suppositories, orally (sublingual drops), injections, or in form of capsules.

Whichever form you end up using, it is important to take note of a number of things. First and foremost, you must watch out over the possibility of transmitting your hormones to other people or animals through skin contact. During the moments surrounding the medication, this is close form of interactions is something one can easily avoid, perhaps by covering yourself appropriately or in body areas that are likely to have very little or no contact at all with other persons. This must however not become a burden to you, after all there are several aforementioned ways of administering this therapy that would still work well without you having to worry over possible body contacts.

What Makes Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Controversial?

With most women rushing for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to deal with symptoms of menopause, the success of pharmaceutical companies is threatened, especially given that their prescriptions are all approved by the FDA, as opposed this therapy. On the other hand, supporters of this therapy, tend to make very serious claims about its benefits to the end users, claims that are not backed by scientific study or experimental processes. While several studies have been conducted to ascertain the credibility of bioidentical therapy, it is the lack of a common understanding and agreeable similar interpretations that continue to generate heated debate. The silent fears over the possible long and short term risks and effects, especially given such may differ in intensity from one person to another, has also been a subject of great controversy in different quarters. Claims that this therapy could also be recipe for cancerous conditions and cardiovascular disease is another aspect that continues to leave this therapy a major center of controversy.

What is Koshland Pharm’s Approach to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement?

Koshland Pharm believes in an approach that is consultative and all inclusive, where pharmacists/pharmaceutical companies work hand in hand with physicians and their patients. With each one of them at the center of the process, optimal results can easily be attained with regard to excellent balancing of the hormones and great health.

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Expert Author : Lisiana Carter (Consumer Health Digest)

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