“Most doctors are giving women synthetic (non-bioidentical) hormones, which just eliminate the symptoms, but it’s doing nothing to actually replace the hormones you have lost. Without our hormones we die.” — Suzanne Somers
Healthcare practitioners evaluate patients’ hormone requirements through a collecting a thorough history and lab testing (saliva/blood/urine). Based on this information a bioidentical hormone doctor writes a prescription tailored to the patient’s needs or recommends herbal and dietary programs to balance the endocrine system.
Hormone replacement therapy is used for a short-term treatment such as hot flashes, vaginal atrophy and even prevention of osteoporosis. But there are lots of medical uses for hormone replacement therapy.
Standard dosing with non-customized prescriptions often do not give patients the full benefits of natural hormone replacement and can have negative side effects.
Bioidentical hormones are exactly identical in molecular structure to the hormones made in the body. The body does not know the difference between the hormone it makes and bio-identical hormones. These bioidentical hormones are extracted from natural substances like yam and soy or made in a lab. Synthetic,non-bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, have extra molecules which are not recognized by the body. They are NOT broken down by the body’s enzymes and thus may stay in the body unmetabolized for long periods of time as carcinogens and toxins.
When hormone levels are tested, the results are frequently within normal ranges. This simply means that someone does not have disease. It does not mean their hormones are at optimal levels for health. Optimal levels of hormones are vital to preventing disease, maintaining energy and feeling young. This explains why people who are told their lab result look fine still feel lousy.
Bioidentical hormones have been utilized in Europe for 60+ years and studies show that they are both safe and effective. The important aspect in utilizing bio-identical hormone replacement is to monitor the levels and hormone metabolites. Each hormone must not only be balanced with the others but achieve a lab level that is associated with safety and efficacy for both feeling good and preventive outcomes.
Today, millions of people are experiencing hormonal imbalances and deficiencies. It is well known that without replacing these hormones, our brain, bones, heart, joints, muscles, skin, mood and quality of life are put at risk. The frequency and severity of these symptoms will vary greatly from person to person. Merge Medical Center is a leader in the Charleston area for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy ensuring our patients live life to the fullest.