What are hormones?
A hormone is a chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activity of certain cells or organs. All the hormones in your body interact with one another. In fact, your body uses them as messengers. However, it is important to note that in order for your body to truly benefit from the symphony of hormones, they must play in tune together for you to be healthy and feel great.
Unfortunately, hormone levels change throughout your lifetime – jeopardizing this careful balance that your body has created. Many things can influence how much of a hormone is made, such as: stress, antibiotics, environmental toxins, diet, exercise, age, and pregnancy. In particular, women face a huge drop in their hormone levels before and during menopause, as shown in the chart below.
* Bottom axis represents increasing age in women.
This chart clearly depicts the stark difference that women face in their bodies over time. Declines in estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA in women can cause symptoms such as:
- Decreased memory
- Decreased sexual interest
- Joint pain
- Aging skin
- Vaginal dryness
- Irritability/mood swings
- Weight gain
- Fatigue/decreased energy
- Low self-esteem
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
A great option that is now available to women is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, also known as BHRT. Unlike synthetic hormones, this therapy involves the replacement of deficient hormones in our bodies with bio-identical hormones, which are chemically identical to those that our bodies naturally produce.
Bio-identical hormones are found in non-GMO yams and are converted in a lab to usable estrogens. This becomes the basis for a natural method of replenishing the hormones your body has made previously. Because they are identical molecular structure, they act just as your natural hormones would. In fact, they are chemically indistinguishable from one another.
An additional benefit to BHRT is that your doctor can work with our pharmacy to customize hormone replacement to meet your individual needs. Every person is unique, shouldn't your medication be?
How do I get started?
While BHRT is already improving the quality of life for millions of women who suffer from hormonal imbalances, it is important to remember that you and your body are unique. It is important to keep track of and observe the changes occurring in your body before making a decision. Be sure to engage in an open discussion with your physician to review your symptoms and available options to decide if BHRT is truly right for you.