Customized Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT) is the replacement of deficient hormones with hormones that are chemically identical to those that the body naturally produces, but which have declined due to aging or illness.
Customized BHRT has improved the quality of life for millions of women who suffer from hormonal imbalance. The ideal process for achieving hormonal balance includes an assessment of hormone levels and complete evaluation of signs and symptoms, followed by replacement of the deficient hormones in the most appropriate dose via the most effective route for each woman, and monitoring to fine tune the therapy.
What are the natural hormones used in BHRT?
The three primary hormone classes used are Estrogens (estrone, estradiol, estriol), Progesterone and Androgens (Testosterone & DHEA). They are all derived from plants (wild yam and soy) and then converted in a laboratory to the identical hormones produced by a woman's body.
Estrogens have a profound and immediate effect on menopausal symptoms. From restoring vaginal lubrication, alleviating hot flashes and night sweats, to antidepressant effects, estrogen replacement improves your quality of life. Not to mention, estrogens decrease the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and memory loss.
Progesterone is often
called the “feel good hormone” because of its important role in brain function,
mood enhancement, and anti-depressant activity. Optimum levels of progesterone
can lead to feelings of calm and well-being, while low levels can result in
feelings of anxiety, irritability, and even anger. Progesterone plays a role in
maintaining the central nervous system, the sense of touch, and motor function. The presence of progesterone makes estrogen receptors more receptive. This allows much lower doses of estrogen to be given when used in combination with progesterone, especially for those who have had a hysterectomy.
Androgens are a class of hormones that include DHEA and testosterone, which are normally produced in a young healthy woman, and are important for libido as well as integrity of skin, bone, and muscle. When women enter menopause, testosterone and DHEA levels may decline. Experts now recognize the importance of supplementing androgens for women who are deficient.
WOMEN PREFER NATURAL HORMONES
Mayo Clinic researchers surveyed 176 women taking natural micronized progesterone who had previously taken a synthetic progestin (medroxyprogesterone acetate, or MPA) to see if progesterone improved the women’s overall quality of life, menopausal symptoms, and satisfaction with HRT. After one to six months, the women reported an overall 34% increase in satisfaction on micronized progesterone compared to their previous HRT, reporting these improvements: 50% in hot flashes, 42% in depression, and 47% in anxiety. Micronized progesterone was also more effective in controlling breakthrough bleeding. In other studies, women using micronized progesterone had specific improvements in the areas of cognition, sleep, and menstrual problems.