Several programs, including one on Oprah Winfrey, have created a new public awareness about Bio-identical hormones. As implied by its name, Bio-identical hormones have a structure, both biologically and chemically, that are identical to the hormones naturally made by the male or female human body.
Dr. Joseph Dubroff uses Bio-identical hormones with Ayurvedic herbs in very small doses to treat several types of male and female hormonal disorders that commonly appear with age. His goal is to use the minimum dosage possible to achieve balance and wellbeing within the body. His first line of treatment will usually consist of natural supplements, proper nutrition, an exercise regimen and a change of diet. If his patients do not get their desired results then Bio-identicals are added. When administered properly, Bio-identical hormones follow your bodys natural metabolic pathways which results in them being used by the body more effectively than other synthetic counterparts.
Female Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Menstrual irregularies
- Weight gain
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Painful menopause
- Polycystic Ovarian Oyndrome
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalances Affecting Both Sexes
- Increased irritation, apathy and depression
- Low sexual libido
- Age related memory issues
- Intense mood swings out of nowhere
- Night sweats
- Erectile Dysfunction (male)
- Bone loss
- Muscle weakness
For woman as well as men, Natural Hormonal Management could be just what you are looking for!
Hormone Management That Is Safe and Effective
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a safe, effective approach to hormonal management. Bio-identical hormonal preparations are derived from plant sources which can be easily modified to be identical to human hormones.
If you are dealing with fatigue, poor memory or cognition, apathy, irritation-depression, loss of sexual desire or function and/or other age related changes bioidentical hormones can probably help you.
Your treatment might also include botanical, nutritional supplements, homeopathy, diet and stress management; all of which can be very important components for your hormonal health and wellbeing.
Hormonal Concerns include but are not limited to: Menopause, hypothyroidism, fatigue, menstrual related problems, PCOS, chronic health concerns (such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune etc), age related decline, fatigue, loss of libido, endometriosis and postpartum depression.
The reason Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is so safe and effective is because it works with your body. Your body is familiar with bioidentical hormones as they have an identical structure to human hormones. Treatment starts with a thorough history and physical. Whenever bioidenticals are used, testing is performed to evaluate a patients hormonal standing. That information is then used to tailor a treatment plan that is best suited for the individual.
Your personal hormone prescription will be based on your symptoms, your lab anaylisis and will be compounded by a local pharmacy to deliver just what is needed.
A 2006 literature review concluded that BHRT is well tolerated, provides symptom relief, and can address many of the health needs as well as the individual preferences of menopausal and perimenopausal women 138 medical scientific references. Alter Med Rev Volume 11, Number 3, 2006; 209-223
Another review (2009) assessed 200 studies and concluded that there was evidence to suggest bioidentical hormones were safer and more effective than synthetic hormones. Postgrad Med 121 (1): 7385.
Standard Hormne Replacement Therapy
The above trend in safety is in contrast with at least some of conventional synthetic and or equine based hormones. Such conventional hormones are not identical to the bodys natural hormones and have been shown to be unsafe for human use. The below studies identify some of the risk of some hormonal preparations.
1991 Womens Health Initiative study (WHI): 16,000 women. Used mainly prempro (hoarse urine derived estrogens) and provera (synthetic progestins). Discontinued due to increased rates of: Breast cancer (26%), heart attacks (29%), strokes (41%), blood clots (100%), and Alzheimers or dementia (over 100%).
Million Women study from Britain: 1,000,000 women. Found similar findings as the WHI across all sorts of HRT formulations used and prescribed for British women.