Bio-identical hormones are an exact replica of the hormones that are naturally produced by the body. The difference between bio-identical hormones and synthetic hormones is that, although both are created in labs, synthetic hormones are not identical to the hormones naturally created in your body and bio-identical hormones match your body’s hormones molecule by molecule.
Depending on what your symptoms are and which hormone(s) your body needs, your Hormone Therapy Centers of America (HTCA) affiliated physician may choose to prescribe bio-identical hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormones, DHEA, melatonin or others as needed.
Who needs bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)?
The only way to know if you need bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is through specific laboratory testing. There are specific lab panels available to determine if your hormones are imbalanced. Signs and symptoms of imbalance may include, but are not limited to fatigue, depression, hair loss, weight gain, muscle atrophy, low energy levels, insomnia, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, and anxiety. In many cases, hormone imbalances can occur with expected changes in the lifespan, such as menopause and andropause. Following lab testing, a trained physician will review your results to determine if BHRT is necessary for you. In some cases, BHRT may not be necessary; however lifestyle and environmental factors may change this need over time, so routine testing, along with a preventive health lifestyle is recommended to keep hormones balanced and maintain optimal health.
What are the ingredients of bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are hormones derived from plants, such as soy or wild yams, and are designed to be structurally identical to the hormones produced naturally inside the human body. Additional ingredients in each prescription vary by hormone – testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, etc. and form- creams, gels, pellets, pills, etc.
How long until I see results using bioidentical hormones?
Most patients begin feeling better within a few months of beginning the program, but some results may take a bit longer to achieve. You may begin to feel a difference within a matter of weeks, especially when it comes to sleep patterns and energy levels. Every patient has a different experience, but the end result is the same – a healthier, balanced life.
Changes like these take time to evolve. Remember, it took some time for you to lose the balance of your hormones, so it will take your body some time to recover. Consistency and compliance every step of the way will improve your results.
Typically, there answer is no. The only time when medications will interfere with bioidentical hormones (and vice-versa) is when the medications you’re taking contain hormones, like birth control and certain acne medications. In many cases, certain medications are no longer needed, once hormone levels are restored to a healthy balance. This generally happens because balancing hormones improves your overall health. It’s important to talk with your doctor about what medications and supplements you’re currently taking to know for sure if the interaction will have any adverse effects.
If you have more questions about what AMS has to offer and how we can help your practice by offering some great patient centric solutions like BHRT. Then contact us and set up an appointment with your local Certified Ancillary Consultant to learn more.