Frequently Asked Questions About Bioidentical Hormones
Salt Lake City Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, Amy Killen, M.D. of Utah County, offer customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans to men and women that are suffering from the effects of hormonal decline and imbalance. To determine candidacy for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Killen of Biorestoration Medical of Draper, Utah in Utah County will complete a series of tests that can detect latent hormonal imbalances, and she will obtain each patient’s medical history to develop an individualized program. Dr. Killen offers continued support throughout each patient’s healing journey, and she is always happy to answer questions. Some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:
- What does “bioidentical” mean?
Often called natural hormones, Bioidentical Hormones are those that have exactly the same chemical structure as the hormones produced naturally by your body. The hormones are manufactured in a lab, but are carefully tailored to match the exact form and function of the hormones our body utilizes every day.
- What are Bioidentical Hormones made from?
There are two ways that the bioidentical hormones used by Biorestoration Medical are produced. Estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone are derived from soy protein, which is then modified to be an exact replica of the hormones naturally produced in your body. Each hormone treatment you receive is engineered to be a perfect fit for the chemical receptors in your body.
- How do Bioidentical Hormones compare to synthetic hormones?
Synthetic hormones closely resemble natural hormones, but not exactly. This means that they mostly fit the hormone receptors in our bodies, but not completely. Synthetic hormones are designed to alleviate specific symptoms and to react closely to how our natural hormones react in certain instances, but they don’t have the exact same reaction as our own hormones do, especially in unintended tissues. These unintended reactions come in the form of side effects, like an increased risk of blood clots and breast cancer.
Bioidentical hormones are not associated with the risky side effects of synthetic hormones because they have the exact same chemical structure as the hormones naturally produced by our bodies. These hormones fit our hormone receptors exactly, and are indistinguishable by our receptors from our natural hormones. Bioidentical Hormones do not have an unknown effect on unintended tissues, because they behave in exactly the same way as our natural hormones do throughout our entire bodies. Rather than having side effects associated with them, Bioidentical Hormones have benefits, as they improve our overall health and wellbeing.
- What if I have, or am at risk for, a condition that could be worsened by hormone replacement therapy?
Some patients that could benefit from Hormone Replacement Therapy are advised not to use it if they have, or are at risk for certain conditions. Breast cancer, endometrial cancer, blood clots, and Factor V Leiden all have an increased risk factor when combined with hormone replacement therapy, so they’re not good candidates for traditional hormone replacement therapy. The increased risk of these conditions is a side effect of synthetic hormone therapy and is the result of using hormones that don’t function in exactly the same way that your natural hormones do.
Bioidentical Hormones have exactly the same chemical structure as your natural hormones do. They react with all of the tissues in the body just as the hormones your body produces do, and so the side effects associated with them are non-existent in almost all cases. Many people who are ineligible for synthetic hormone replacement therapy due to the risk for breast cancer or other conditions can find relief with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. In fact, the risk of breast cancer and other conditions is actually reduced in most cases where Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is used because the entire body is brought into balance.
- What conditions can be treated with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Basically, any decline in health that is a result of the aging process can be improved with the help of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Hormones are chemical messengers sent out by our brains that tell our entire body how to function. As we age, hormone production declines, and the negative effects of this can be felt in a variety of ways. Decreased sex drive, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, and a whole book of other disorders, diseases, and conditions can be caused by a hormonal imbalance.
Besides reducing the symptoms of many medical conditions, bringing the hormones back into balance with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has some fringe benefits that can improve even non-hormonal conditions. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy boosts the immune system so it can fight disease more efficiently. It increases the energy production capabilities of individual cells, which improves focus, memory, and energy levels throughout our bodies. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy also improves circulation and the body’s natural anti-inflammatory efforts, which can improve conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis.
- What are the administration methods for Bioidentical Hormones?
The way you receive your doses of Bioidentical Hormones depends on the specific hormones you need to become balanced, and on your personal preference. Hormones are self-administered twice a day using the following methods:
- Transdermal creams: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone
- Oral Capsules: Melatonin, pregnenolone, progesterone, DHEA
- Subcutaneous injections: HCG, using ultra-fine insulin needles
- How long will I need Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The body’s inability to produce adequate hormone levels as we age is a permanent condition, but it’s one that can be fixed using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Patients should continue with the therapy for as long as they wish to receive relief from their symptoms. Our experienced medical staff will monitor your hormone levels periodically to make sure that all of your needs are being met and to ensure that you continue to benefit as much as possible from Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. If you choose to stop the program, your body will return to its’ previous levels of hormone production.
- What are some positive effects of testosterone therapy for men?
New research shows that testosterone therapy actually reduces the risk of prostate cancer, and it also increases libido, muscle tone, energy, and sexual function. For men that are predisposed to male pattern baldness and need testosterone replacement therapy to improve their health, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can offset the increase in Dihydrotestosterone, which leads to male pattern baldness.
- How do women benefit from testosterone replacement therapy?
Testosterone is a hormone that is naturally produced by both men and women, and it’s one of the main hormones that decrease with age. Although women only need about 1% of the dose of testosterone that men need during Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, that little bit comes with huge health benefits, especially when combined with progesterone. Some of the benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for women may include:
- Increased libido
- Prevention of osteoporosis by increasing bone density
- Decreased heart disease
- Decreased risk of Alzheimer’s
- Decreased risk of cancer