What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BIHRT)?
BIHRT uses additional doses of hormones to restore deficiencies of natural body hormones with hormones that have identical chemical and molecular structure as the hormones produced by the human body. Therefore, both human hormones and bio-identical hormones have the same biological action. Due to this structure, bio-identical hormones have excellent absorption rate and they are also pulverized to assure the body absorbs as much of the dose as possible.
Bio-identical hormones generate normal, physiological responses from the human body, when replaced in the doses required by the body. Bio-identical hormones are custom formulated for each individual patient.
Many organs of the human body have receptors for specific hormones. Bio-identical hormones can bind easily to those receptors. Bio-identical hormones, just like human hormones fit perfectly into the receptors, "like a key into a lock".
The category of Bio-identical hormones includes
- Bio-identical estrogen hormones such as estrone, estradiol and estriol.
- Bio-identical progesterone.
- Bio-identical testosterone.
- Bio-identical adrenal hormones such as DHEA and cortisol.
- Bio-identical pregnenolone.
- Bio-identical thyroid hormones and many more.
The aims of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BIHRT) are not only to relieve displeasing symptoms of menopause, peri-menopause and andropause (male menopause), but mainly to improve, at highest quality, the youthful hormonal balance together with providing the body with the same protective health benefits that the body's own natural hormones would provide. This can be accomplished through optimization and balancing of bio-identical hormones levels in a safe, natural way. BIHRT can significantly improve the quality of life and well-being of the person for years to come.
Certified physician will establish the amount of bio-identical hormones one can take corresponding to the patient's medical history and current health problems associated to hormonal imbalance. Tests should be performed correctly to take measure of current hormone levels.
There are a few ways to use BIHRT treatment depending on symptoms. Hormones at Rxidence Compounding comprise a few formulations such as creams, capsules and suppositories. Practitioners will determine the exact amount and type of hormone, also the best supplementation method for each individual.
Bio-Identical Hormones available at Rxidence Compounding includes
- Dehydroepiandosterone (DHEA)
- 7-Keto DHEA
- DHEA Complex (DHEA + 7-Keto DHEA)
Bio-identical hormones replacement therapy (BIHRT) is useful for all who have hormonal imbalances. Hormonal imbalances can happen at any age and can affect both men and women. Hormonal imbalances are noticeable as menopause, andropause (male menopause), peri-menopause, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), infertility, ovarian cysts, breast cystic lesions, uterine fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome (POS), hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and adrenal fatigue.
Benefits of BIHRT in women
- Improves energy levels
- Improves mood
- Eliminates night sweats and hot flashes
- Improves memory and concentration
- Improves sex drive
- Prevents vaginal thinning & dryness
- Improves fat loss and muscle tone
- Decreases skin wrinkles
- Protects bones from osteoporosis
- Reduces risks of heart disease
Benefits of BIHRT in men
- Improves energy levels
- Improves memory & concentration
- Improves sleep
- Increases muscle mass and strength
- Improves sex drive
- Improves fast loss and muscle tone
- Helps hair re-growth on scalp
- Improves bone strength
- Decreases joint pain and muscle aches
- Protects against heart disease
|Have the same atoms and the same molecular shape as your own hormones that your body makes. Natural hormones are exactly identical to your own hormones in every aspect of chemistry. A scientist cannot see any difference between your own progesterone and the natural progesterone powder a compounding pharmacist uses to make your prescription.
|Have functional groups added to their molecule, not to make them work better than your own natural hormones. (How could a synthetic hormone work better than your own natural hormones?) These functional groups that are added to the molecule cause side effects in the human body.
|Most of our hormones metabolize or break down into other active hormones. For example, testosterone can break down into estradiol. It is amazing that it only takes one little reaction with an enzyme called aromatase that can convert a male hormone like testosterone into a female hormone estradiol.
|Synthetic hormones cannot convert themselves. The human body has a difficult time trying to break them down because the human body sees them as something foreign.
|Hormones work by linking to receptors inside cells that respond to very specific hormone signals. This hormone/receptor concept is similar to an analogy of a lock and key. The receptor is the lock and the hormone is the key.
|Synthetic hormones do not fit our natural receptors exactly like natural hormones do. Sometimes the synthetic hormones will unlock a signal to a cell but many times it does other things to the cell. It may stay locked into the receptor for too long. (Kind of like having an unwanted guest in your home who doesn't want to leave.) It may damage the receptor. This is why synthetic hormones can cause side effects.