Although synthetic and natural hormone replacement therapies (HRT) both aim to help women and men find relief during the transitional years of menopause and andropause, the two methods are vastly different in terms of their safety and efficacy.
What does "bioidentical" mean?
The term "bioidentical hormones" refers to hormones that are molecularly identical to those produced by the human body. Chemical substances derived from plant tissues are scientifically engineered in laboratories to precisely match the natural human hormones. The hormones are then compounded into creams, gels, pills and pellets to help your body absorb them more easily.
How are synthetic hormones different?
Contrastingly, synthetic hormones do not match the body's natural chemical make-up. They contain tiny molecular differences that the body recognizes as foreign.Synthetic estrogen-replacement drugs increase the risk of several potentially fatal diseases, especially when combined with progestin. In 2002, a large-scale study called the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) revealed that postmenopausal women who used a combination of synthetic estrogen and progestin had a higher risk of breast cancer, coronary artery disease, stroke and blood clots. In response to this alarming news, many doctors immediately recommended that patients stop synthetic HRT. Interestingly, statistics for the following year showed that breast cancer rates overall dropped about 7 percent and estrogen-sensitive breast cancers (which are more likely to occur when estrogen levels are high) among women ages 50 to 69 fell 12 percent.
The BodyLogicMD difference
When it comes to treating symptoms of hormonal imbalance, BodyLogicMD affiliated doctors only use natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Our highly trained physicians have helped tens of thousands of women and men find relief hormonal imbalances such as menopause, andropause (the male menopause), adrenal fatigue and thyroid disorders, using a combination of bioidentical hormone therapy and customized nutrition and fitness regimens.