Bioidentical hormones are an exact replica of the hormones that are naturally produced by the body; matching the body’s natural hormones molecule by molecule. They are referred to as “All Natural” because they are extracted from soy and yams. Bioidentical hormones are processed by a compounding pharmacist. Once the plant-based hormone is processed, its structure is identical to the estrogen, progesterone, and androgen hormones produced naturally by one’s body. This is why our bodies can metabolize them naturally as it was designed to do, with minimal or no bioidentical hormones risks or side effects.
One of the main criticisms of bioidentical hormone therapy is that “there are no studies on bioidentical hormones.” In fact, there are many excellent publications that demonstrate the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy. Some of the studies show a greater margin of safety with bioidentical progesterone over the non-bioidentical progestin, Provera. Those that support Premarin and Provera point to a number of studies that were done. However, 26 of them were biased and, what’s worse, the bias was covered up. If Wyeth needed to “give credit” to other physicians for their research on their own products, what were they trying to cover up? What did they know that they weren’t saying? Why weren’t there independent groups that could have demonstrated the benefits of Premarin and Provera?
Many things can accelerate the decline of hormone levels in both sexes. Stress levels, diet, nutrition and lifestyles all contribute to hormone imbalance. Currently, one of the main culprits is stress. This is true because the stress hormone, cortisol, is built with the same building blocks as our sex hormones, DHEA, testosterone and estrogen. The more stress we have, the more cortisol we demand and the fewer building blocks we have to make our sex hormones.
As a consumer/patient (not as a physician), one of my first big realizations as I went through my own personal transformation was the tremendous differences there are in doctors. In the quality of care and education that they possess. That was the major mantra in forming BodyLogicMD – working with the most highly trained, AMA board certified physicians. This training requires our physicians to devote several hundreds of hours in additional training (all at their expense which is extensive) to understand and apply the most effective methods of treating the symptoms associated with menopause and andropause. To help their patients feel better. We have thousands of patients that would agree. As well, President Obama will address this very same topic on Monday.
Q: I’ve been holding my breath for the last few days waiting for a biopsy to determine whether or not I have a cancerous uterus. My annually scheduled pelvic ultrasound last week indicated that my uterus walls had thickened to 12 mm (they should be around 5 mm). My wonderful gynecologist told me two days … Continued
In women who are entering menopause, estrogen levels are either too high or too low. Estrogen influences the production of serotonin – a neurotransmitter that regulates mood. Irritable Men Syndrome or Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS) is the term used to describe the mood swings in men. Although Irritable Male Syndrome is most often caused by high stress and/or low testosterone; high estrogen levels can also cause irritability in men.