As women and men approach mid-life, many often wonder if hormone therapy is the best option for them. Countless studies have shown that traditional hormone therapy can increase the chances of various types of cancer and heart disease. However, many are now taking a natural approach to hormone balance with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. With natural bioidentical hormones, women and men can find relief from symptoms of hormonal imbalance without the risks that come along with synthetic hormones.
WHAT ARE BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES?
Bioidentical hormones are derived from naturally occurring sources, such as soy and yams, and are designed to replicate the same chemical structure as the hormones that our bodies produce naturally. Based on your hormone levels, a specialized compounding pharmacy can individually tailor a bioidentical hormone regimen specifically designed for you. On the flip side, synthetic hormones are intentionally different. Pharmaceutical companies can’t patent bioidentical hormones because each regimen is specifically formulated to treat each patient on an individual basis. Instead, they manufacture synthetic hormones that are patentable.
ARE BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES SAFER, MORE EFFECTIVE THAN SYNTHETIC HORMONES?
Bioidentical hormones are the obviously better option for men and women dealing with menopause or andropause because they are derived naturally and our bodies can metabolize them properly. Another advantage of using bioidentical hormones is that they are specifically designed to match your individual hormonal needs – unlike synthetic hormones, which use a one-size-fits-all approach to symptom relief. There is an overwhelmingly large body of evidence that supports the claim that bioidentical hormone therapy is safer and more effective than synthetic hormone replacement. However, it’s important to remember that no drug, supplement or herb is 100 percent safe – there is always a chance that you may experience an adverse reaction. That’s why it’s critical for women and men to consult with a hormone specialist before beginning any hormone therapy regimen, to safe-guard themselves from side effects.
ARE BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU?
At Forum Health Greenville, our goal is to help women and men live the best life possible. The human body is resilient. When you give your body the attention and support it needs, you’ll look better and feel better because of it. Forum Health Greenville doesn’t rely solely on bioidentical hormones to restore your overall health. We also incorporate a variety of pharmaceutical grade supplements and medicinal herbs, as well as customized nutrition and fitness regimens. With bioidentical hormones and the help of a highly trained physician, you can truly be your best self!