Hormone replacement therapy can ease the symptoms of menopause for many women. However, recent studies have shown that it may not be healthy when used long-term. It has been linked to an increase in breast cancer, blood clots, stroke, and even heart disease. Bio-identical hormone therapy is an alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy. Although bio-identical hormones are made in a laboratory, they are chemically the same that those that the body produces. Keep reading to find out what health benefits they can provide.
Bio-identical Hormones vs. Synthetic Hormones
BioAge Health bio-identical hormones have the same chemical and molecular makeup as the body’s natural hormones. Synthetic lab-made hormones are made differently, and therefore the body sometimes reacts to them in negative ways. For example, a horse’s urine is used in making estrogen, whereas bio-identical hormones are created from plant sources such as soy and yam.
Because the structure of the Bio-identical hormones is the same as that of a body’s natural chemicals, the body accepts them more easily. Patients are less likely to have adverse reactions, and they are safer to take long term.
Bio-identical hormones can be taken several different ways, including a surgically inserted pellet, oral form, or topical lotions. It takes the body about ten days to adjust to the hormones, and then the patient will notice an improved mood and energy level, as well as a decrease in negative symptoms.
The pellet form has some special advantages. It is a tiny implant the size of a grain of rice, but it delivers a steady and consistent flow of hormones to the body. This eliminates the highs and lows of the other delivery methods.
Benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
Bio-identical hormones help regulate the hypothalamus, the body’s thermostat. When hormones are out of balance, the hypothalamus overreacts to even tiny changes in temperatures. This is what causes hot flashes and night sweats in women going through menopause. Bio-identical hormone therapy helps stabilize the hormone levels in the body, thus regulating the hypothalamus.
A drop in estrogen levels reduces the amount of moisture in the vagina and how much lubrication it produces during sex. During menopause, many women complain of painful sex and a dry, itchy vagina. The estrogen in bio-identical hormones promotes vaginal lubrication and moisture. Women may also notice fewer urinary symptoms, such as leaking urine when coughing or laughing.
Better Sleep and Mood
Having balanced hormones helps the brain and body to function better overall. This means better sleep and a generally improved mood. Getting good sleep leads to an improved mood since sleep revives the brain and helps it to function optimally.
Improves Hair, Skin, and Bones
When hormones are balanced, skin starts to act normal again, too. The body begins making more estrogen and collagen, which gives skin its support and elasticity. This translates into fewer wrinkles and sagging skin, a healthy glow, and tighter skin in general. Restoring estrogen will help hair follicles begin growing more hair again, too. When women are in menopause, their bodies make more osteoclasts, which break down old bone than osteoblasts (new cells). Restoring hormone levels normalizes bone resorption, making your bones strong again and reducing the risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Bio-identical hormone therapy can change your life. If you are suffering from any symptoms in menopause, talk to your doctor about trying bio-identical therapy.