In our practice, we have had the greatest success with an individualized approach. We begin with laboratory tests of hormone levels. When warranted, we then prescribe a precise dosage of bioidentical estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, and/or DHEA that is prepared at a registered compounding pharmacy. Each patient is then monitored carefully through regular follow-up hormone panels to ensure symptom relief is achieved at the lowest possible dosage.
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are manufactured in the lab to have the same molecular structure as the hormones made by your own body (estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisol, dhea, estradiol and estriol). Since drug companies can’t patent a bioidentical structure, they invent synthetic hormones that are patentable (Premarin, Prempro, and Provera being the most widely used examples).
Are bioidentical hormones better than synthetic hormones?
Long ago we concluded that the answer to this question is: yes. Structure is everything when it comes to hormone replacement therapy. Natural, biologically identical hormones mimic the shape and function of our own endogenous hormones. The body treats and processes them the same way it has processed its natural hormones for years. They are safer, with fewer side effects and have been found to have a rejuvenating and proactive effect.
Unfortunately, many of the hormones regularly prescribed are not identical to those found in the human body. These synthetic hormones may somewhat resemble our own hormones and may accomplish some of the same tasks, but they are a far cry from what the body is used to and needs. As the body works to metabolize these foreign substances, it may produce toxic by-products, which can cause a wide array of side effects like bloating, mood swings, water retention and more serious problems such as cancer and heart disease.
Is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Right For You?
Women suffering from early menopause symptoms looking to put an end to hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, mood swings, weight gain, and low libido are turning to bHRT to replace natural hormones. Our certified bioidentical hormone physician, Dr. Runnels can design individualized programs specifically for each woman suffering from early menopause symptoms, menopause, perimenopause, and severe PMS.
Men experiencing male menopause, or Andropause, who want to get a grip on weight gain, lost libido, fatigue, stress, energy, muscle mass, and body fat are also finding solutions through our natural bioidentical hormone therapy. For men, Andropause (the male menopause) happens gradually and when diagnosed, the symptoms are successfully treated using bioidentical hormones.