About Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT)
Bioidentical hormones are obtained from natural plants to substitute the naturally occurring ones in the body. The bioidentical hormones result from a combination of molecules in soybeans and wild yams that match the structure of the human body.
The hormones exist in various forms; popular forms are creams, patches, pellets, capsules, injectable, and tablets. How hormones are used can be customized to suit individual needs and preferences.
Hormones are prescription medicines and should not be confused with over the counter formulations of creams and supplements. You should always be monitored by a trained provider.
Conventional hormone replacement vs bio-identical hormone replacement
Synthetic hormones lack some biological benefits. They have less positive effects on the body as compared to natural human hormones, which have complex structures and specific functions. Also, synthetic hormones expose the human body to multiple health risks including cardiovascular complications and cancer.
Are bio-identical hormones safe?
In comparison to estrogen obtained from horse urine (Premarin), bio-identical hormone replacement is safe. Also, natural progesterone is much safer than synthetic progestin. Bioidentical estrogen and progesterone help in preventing conditions such as osteoporosis, cognitive loss, and vaginal atrophy just to name few. The bottom line is more research is needed and even bioidentical estrogen is a growth hormone in the body and may have adverse effects on uterine and breast tissue, especially if not balanced with progesterone. It is strongly recommended you work with a trained healthcare provider and accredited compounding pharmacy for your hormone replacement needs.
The hormones are beneficial but may not be for everyone. There is no universal medicine. Be sure to evaluate the effects and benefits of HRT with a specialist to check if you are suitable for the treatment technique.
Dr. Schulz customizes hormone dosing based on patient health history, serum hormone levels, patient goals, and risk prevention. She employs both static and biometric dosing (Wiley protocol) in her practice based on patient preference and symptom relief outcomes.
The Bioidentical Hormone Debate – Kent Holtorf, MD 2009
Comprehensive Review of the safety and efficacy of BHRT – D. Moskowitz, ND 2006
KEEPS study 2012 – early estrogen prevention study
North American Menopause Society – position statements
Testosterone therapy safety for men and the risk of cardiovascular events
Is Therapy Evidence-Based? – Dr. Neal Rouzier
Get a complimentary consult with Dr. Schulz to discuss your symptoms and see if hormone replacement is a good fit for you.