Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life, but it can bring with it a host of symptoms that can range from moderate to severe. Symptoms of menopause include a slowed metabolism, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, depression, memory loss, mood swings, weight gain, and low libido. Women who are struggling with these symptoms often turn to hormone-replacement therapy to help manage their symptoms.
Traditional hormone-replacement therapy uses synthetic hormones to help alleviate symptoms of menopause. However, for women who are looking for a more natural approach to hormone replacement, bioidentical-hormone-replacement therapy (BHRT) is a great alternative.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that have a molecular structure that is identical to the hormones produced by a woman’s body. They are created in a laboratory from a plant chemical found in yams and soy. Some bioidentical hormones are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while others are compounded (custom-made) and, therefore, not regulated by the FDA. However, they are widely supported and used within Functional Medicine practices, like ours.
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones
Bioidentical hormones are custom-made for each individual patient, which means that they can be tailored to each person’s specific needs. They come in a variety of forms, including pills, injections, suppositories, and creams. BHRT can also be used to treat not only menopause but also perimenopause and severe premenstrual syndrome. A great way to get ahead of this stage in your life.
Who Can Benefit from Bioidentical Hormones?
Women who are suffering from the symptoms of menopause may be candidates for bioidentical-hormone-replacement therapy. Women who are currently using traditional synthetic-hormone-replacement therapy and are not experiencing significant symptom relief may also want to consider switching to bioidentical hormones. However, the final decision should be made with the guidance of a healthcare provider, taking into account the individual’s medical history and any preexisting conditions.
In conclusion, a holistic approach to menopause can help women manage their symptoms without relying on synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones can be a great alternative for women looking for a more natural approach to hormone replacement. However, it’s essential to have an informed discussion with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of BHRT to determine if it’s the right choice for you. Additional research is needed to fully understand the long-term effects of bioidentical hormones, but in the meantime, a holistic approach to menopause can help women feel more in control of their health and wellbeing.