How You Can Benefit From BioIdentical Hormone Therapy
What Are BioIdentical Hormones
Regain the zest for life and look and feel great in your 40’s, 50’s, and beyond with customized bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical Hormones have the same molecular structure as natural hormones, they can replace hormones that women and men loose in menopause and andropause with the aging process.
What are the benefits of BioIdentical Hormones
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BIHRT) or bioidentical hormone therapy can be beneficial for men who may be experiencing symptoms of low androgens, low testosterone, low DHEA or going through andropause with declining testosterone levels or experiencing symptoms of hormone deficiency and women going through peri-menopause or menopause or hormone imbalance states such as PCOS, amenorrhea (absent periods), irregular periods, ovarian cysts, estrogen dominance, progesterone deficiency or experiencing symptoms of female hormone imbalance.
Some of the benefits of Bio-identical hormone therapy in men and women can include:(
- Increasing life expectancy
- Protection against cardiovascular disease,
- Protection against Alzheimer’s,
- Relieving menopausal symptoms,
- Improving sexual function
- Improved Libido
- Relief from PMS
- Relief from water retention
- Relieving anxiety/depression,
- Improving body composition,
- Improving skin Integrity
- Extra weight loss,
- Improving muscle mass & body composition
- Improving bone density, prevent bone loss
- Improved Sleep Quality
- Improved Memory
- Improved Mood
- Improved strength
What is the difference between BioIdentical Hormones and Synthetic Hormones
You may have heard of the drugs Premarin, PremPro, Provera and all oral contraceptives and implanted contraceptives like norplant as widely used examples of synthetic hormone therapies that come with a huge side effect profile..
Unfortunately, these are synthetic hormones, meaning their molecular structure is not the same as the structure of the hormones in your body, and they do not have the exact same effects in the body as natural bio-identical hormones. These hormones are offered especially in the case of oral contraceptives without the individual taking them ever knowing these facts.
These synthetic hormones also come with tremendous side effects and can trigger inflammatory and autoimmune states especially in predisposed individuals which can be life-long and debilitating and even life threatening. Aside from that they do not have the same feel better benefits that replacing deficient or imbalanced hormones with natural hormones would have. In most cases they worsen things like weight, body composition, and sleep.
Bioidentical hormones are hormones with the exact same molecular structure as hormones in your own body and offered in customized dosages and routes that are favorable for your body such as transdermal or sublingual rather than just oral. This is important because studies show that how certain hormones are given can be the cause of inflammation and poorer outcome as in the case of oral estrogen vs transdermal estrogen (through the skin). Hormone Replacement Therapy has been the cause of some controversy, confusion and fear in past years.
What The Study The Women's Health Initiative Demonstrated
The US Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) was a study involving more than 16000 women that focused on ways to prevent heart disease, osteoporosis and breast and colorectal cancer in post-menopausal women. The study began in 1991 and one part was terminated early in 2002 after an increase was seen in breast cancer, stroke, heart disease and blood clots in women taking the hormone therapy that was offered by the study.
The problem was not that the deficient hormone were replaced, but what they were replaced with and how that was given to them. The WHI used completely synthetic hormones that included conjugated equine (horse) urine estrogens and synthetic progestins (not progesterone that humans have in their body. Progestins have a different molecular structure than progesterone. It is note worthy to say that these are the same hormones used in oral contraceptives in women. another issue is that they are referred to as ‘progesterone’ by conventional doctors and on the internet and other information resources when they are not progesterone, they are progestin, different compound!
Another problem with the hormones used in the WHI is the route they were given. Not only were the estrogen given synthetic conjugated equine (horse) estrogens derived from horse urine, they were administered orally which increases inflammation. Inflammation is one of the main culprits behind disease, including cardiovascular disease. When natural bio-identical estrogen is given through the skin, it does not increase inflammation and even lowers inflammation in those who are deficient.
the WHI helped increase attention around the use of synthetic hormones and that they are not the same as the natural hormones in our body. From this came an increase attention to natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, route of administration and other specifics that differentiate outcome, between improved quality of life and decrease disease risk when they are used properly to side effects and increase in problems when synthetic hormones are used in unfavorable ways.
Bio-identical Hormone Therapy is best benefited from when your entire health is addressed and optimized
Dr Rashel Tahzib has a background in Anti-aging medicine and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy as well as functional medicine, or 21st century root cause medicine. This offers her patients an advantage when BIHRT is appropriate and prescribed because their entire health will be evaluated, and optimized.
This is important because if other aspects of health such as gut microbiome health, toxins and detoxification, nutrient status, genetics, lifestyle are not addressed, the maximum expected benefits may not result and in some cases this may not be beneficial unless everything else is also addressed correctly. Bio-identical Hormones are also best benefitted from when they are used cautiously as in any other treatment, dosages, forms, and methods of use can be unique from doctor to doctor and expertise in the field is essential for you to obtain maximum benefits.
Bio-identical Hormone Therapy Can Improve Quality Of Life In Men and Women
Why is all this so important? It comes down to quality of life, and disease prevention. Physical, mental, and emotional wellness should always be the first priority and the bottom line is that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy improves the quality of life dramatically when prescribed to those who need it safely and effectively when treating age related hormone decline in men and women. Men can experience changes and decreases in testosterone levels for various reasons including aging throughout life. When this happens they may feel less energized, lose confidence, gain body fat, have difficulty gaining muscle, loose strength and more. Hormone therapy in men when administered and monitored correctly can markedly improve their quality of life.
Women can experience hormone fluctuations for various reasons throughout life the most dramatic being peri-menopause and menopause. even conditions like PCOS or ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and PMS can be dramatically improved with natural bio-identical hormone support when the deficient hormone is supported. This can tremendously help a woman’s life while the underlying causes are being addressed if other than age related menopause and is a far better choice and option than conventionally prescribed oral contraceptives that can have detrimental health effects.
Although Bio-identical hormones have been around for years, unfortunately, most doctors are unfamiliar with them unless they have specialty training in the area through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Still Many who use them may not be using them in the most optimal way for best outcomes.
Dr. Rashel Tahzib is certified in Anti-Aging medicine by the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and only uses natural, bio-identical hormones compounded for each of our patients individually so our patients can get the benefits of natural hormone replacement therapy while eliminating the negative side-effects seen with synthetic hormones.
Best of BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Los Angeles and Denver
After thorough functional medicine health evaluation including hormone panels and hormone metabolite testing we customize a natural hormone replacement plan for those that can benefit based on their hormone deficiencies and evaluate their progress with follow-up hormone assessments. Dr Rashel Tahzib cares fo patients in Los Angeles California and Denver Colorado. We do not use ‘cookie cutter’ or one size fits all medicine and most importantly we address and optimize your entire health so you can get the best short and long term results.
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