Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy


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Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy

When it comes to balancing hormones, we know that finding balance is not always a straight line. 

If you are experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, mood swings, heavier periods, weight gain, hot flashes, decline in sleep quality,  vaginal dryness, change in your skin texture and tone,  urinary tract symptoms, bone loss, joint pain, cognitive decline or lack of sex drive , you need to know that these are all very common symptoms that can be associated with changes in your hormones. 

At this point you may be shaking your head and saying YES to all of these symptoms, or maybe you identify with just a few from the list above, but what we know is that change is inevitable as we grow older but we don’t have to suffer through these changes and balancing your hormones can help to improve many of the symptoms and even prevent some diseases from occurring.

We don’t get a break from our hormones and our hormones fluctuate on a daily basis. Finding the right solution for each person should be looked at with an individualized approach and with care and consideration. For some patients this answer will come in the form of Bio-identical hormones. 

Bio-Identical Hormones Compared to Traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy

What is the difference between Bio-Identical hormones ( BHRT)  and traditional hormones ( HRT)?  The main difference is the substances used to create them.  BHRT are man made hormones derived from plant sources that are chemically similar to our own naturally produced hormones, whereas HRT is synthetically derived. It is thought that bioidentical hormones can attach to the hormone receptors in the body like our own hormones, and thus the body can metabolize the hormones in a more efficient manner.

Bioidentical or body-identical hormones are derived from the yam plant and are molecularly identical to human hormones. Most (not all) modern menopause hormone therapy is bioidentical.

The difference between “bioidentical” and “body-identical” is that body-identical is the preferred conventional term (rBHRT) and bioidentical (cBHRT) the term traditionally applied to customized/compounded hormone formulas. Most of the ingredients in compounded bioidentical products such as oestradiol, progesterone and testosterone, are the same as in body identical HRT. This means that the pharmacy is able to prepare custom doses and application methods to address the individual needs of a patient. Body identical hormones are produced by large pharmaceutical companies in regulated, set doses and application methods.

Menopausal women must often weigh the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy and discuss this with their doctor. In recent years, one of the most important shifts in menopause research and treatment is the recognition that body-identical hormone treatments have proven to be much safer than synthetic hormone treatments. We cannot say that cBHRT is safer than rBHRT and we assume the same benefits and risks with both therapies. The choice of which treatment type to use is an individual one.  Bioconnect Medical commits to always keep up to date with medical research and have available for our patients the most safe and effective medical treatment and innovative equipment.

Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are among those most commonly replicated and used in treatment. BHRT come in various forms, including:

  • pills
  • patches
  • creams
  • Gels
  • Spray
  • Injections
  • Pellets 

At BioConnect we are happy to provide you with many options of BHRT to match both your lifestyle, budget and health care requirements. 

BioConnect will use a combination of your medical history, physical exam as well as your symptom results , you preference and your lifestyle to customize a prescription to fit your needs. Dr. Corona will prescribe the exact amount of each hormone based on your specific needs. 

If you would like additional information about BHRT and hormone optimization, please call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Click here for FAQ on BioIdentical Hormones. https://bioconnectmedical.com/hormone-optimisation/

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