Hormones are specialized substances made by glands in the body. These hormones are then carried to specialized receptors in the body that help it perform optimally. This includes sex and brain function, growth, food metabolism, cardiovascular function and general well-being. When the hormones are out of balance a variety of symptoms can occur. Hormones can be prescribed to help balance an unbalanced hormonal state in the body and improve your health quality of life.
Bioidentical hormones grew out of a desire to find a more natural way for women, and men, to achieve optimal hormonal function in their bodies. These hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones that are made in the body. They are synthesized from plant chemicals extracted from soy and wild yams. They are called natural hormones because they act in the body just like the hormones we produce. They should be used only for those who are truly deficient and only in dosages that provide normal physiologic tissue levels.
The message of steroid hormones to target tissue cells requires bonding of the hormone with specific unique receptors in the cells. The bonding of a hormone to it’s receptor is determined by its molecular configuration, like a key is for a lock. Synthetic hormone molecules and molecules from different species (for example Premarin, which is made from horse urine) differ in molecular configuration from endogenous hormones, or hormones made in your body. From studies of petrochemical xenohormones and xenoestrogens, we have learned that these synthetic compounds differ in their activity at the receptor level. In some cases, they will activate the receptor in a manner similar to the natural hormone, but in some cases the hormone will have no effect or will block the receptor completely. In fact these xenohormones are in a category called EDC’s, or endocrine disrupting compounds. They may have unintended detrimental estrogenic effects. Thus hormones that are not bioidentical do not provide the same total physiologic activity as the hormones they are intended to replace and can have undesirable side effects not found with the human hormone. Human insulin is preferable to pig insulin. Sex hormones have been available for over 70 years.
Some of the benefits of Bioidentical Hormones are
*Increased Vaginal Lubrication
*Regulation of Body Temperature
*Regulation of Sleep Disruption
*Improved Bone Density
*Increased Skin Elasticity
*More Balanced Moods