Hormone Replacement Therapy
Remember how you felt when you were in your 20s? As you grew older, you probably have noticed some changes both physically and mentally. Now, you may feel completely different. Maybe you’re depressed, irritable, moody, fatigued, or just simply unhappy? PMS is no longer “that time of the month.” It has become a permanent fixture in your life. Some doctors may say you’re just suffering from depression that will make you feel even worse. Others will tell you that this is just a period in your life when menopause is basically unavoidable. Now that we are well into the 21st century, these standard excuses can no longer be accepted. There are ways to improve your quality of life and Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is most assuredly one of them.
Is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?
Women as early as in their 30s are suffering from hormonal imbalances every day and over 90% of women in their 50s experience low estrogen levels. Weight gain, mood swings, body aches and pains, lack of concentration are just a few of the numerous issues that have these otherwise healthy women living miserably as their families and friends suffer along with them. Big name celebrities such as Oprah and Suzanne Somers provide testimony to the real effects of BHRT. In O: The Oprah Magazine, Oprah claims that just after a few days of therapy, “the sky was bluer, my brain was no longer fuzzy, my memory was sharper.”
Why are some doctors unfamiliar with Bio-identical hormones?
In short, the answer is money. Originally, hormone replacement therapy consisted of synthetic hormones that were intentionally modified by the big companies so that they may make a profit by placing a patent on them. The problem with Bioidentical hormones for these companies is that one cannot patent something that is found naturally in the human body. Bioidentical hormones are just that: biologically identical to the hormones in your own body so you know that they are completely safe. Not only this, but they are more effective than their synthetic counterparts and have a much less risk of causing heart disease and breast cancer. Synthetic hormones have so much money backing them from the companies that doctors are favoring them despite the fact that Bio-identical hormones are superior across the board. Natural synthetic progesterone, can confuse your body’s chemical receptors and lead to chronic fatigue, body aches, and increased risk of heart attack in women over 40. Educate yourself to figure out what’s best for your body and not the pockets.
Reported Benefits of Taking Bio-identical Hormone Replacement
- Improvement in symptoms caused by the natural decrease in production of hormones by the body.
- Re-establishing the protective benefits which were originally provided by naturally occurring hormones.
- Become more resistant to the diseases of aging such as cardiovascular disease, dementia and osteoporosis.
- Improving the quality of life long-term.
How Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Works
Bio-identical hormones have several forms, depending mainly on personal preference of the patient. One takes the smallest possible dosage that relieves the symptoms, but taking too much at first is not harmful. Eventually dosages may be reduced by 50 percent. Signs of improvement usually occur within one or two weeks, but some severe cases may need up to three months.
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*Each patient is unique; therefore, results of treatment may vary.