Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has many benefits. Did you know that estrogen has 400 functions in the body? Here are the top 5 benefits to optimizing your hormones during menopause:
Why are bioidentical hormones considered better than synthetic?
The WHI research:
In 2002, the results of a large research trial (The Women’s health Initiative) were published and became very publicized in the media. The results reported an increase in breast cancer risk as well as cardiovascular disease in the women who were given hormone replacement therapy to help with their menopausal symptoms. This study, however, studied the synthetic forms of hormones derived from pregnant horse urine. Bioidentical hormones, are very different from synthetic versions of hormones. Bioidentical hormones, derived from yams, are the exact same hormone molecule that your body naturally produces. The chemical structure is identical, which is not the case for the synthetic versions.
Hormones are essentially messengers in the body and synthetic hormones, because they are a different chemical structure, give the body incomplete messages which can cause side effects including increased risk for cancer. Bioidentical hormones are a safer alternative and the research on bioidentical hormones does not show the same risks for side effects or increased risk for disease. In addition to the well known benefits of using hormone replacement therapy for relieving menopausal symptoms, using bioidentical or herbal hormone support has the potential to actually decrease the risk of breast cancer.
The route of administration:
In addition to the differences in chemical structure between synthetic and bioidentical hormones, in many cases, bioidentical hormones are given as a topical cream rather than an oral pill. This allows the hormones to be absorbed through the skin rather than through the gastrointestinal tract, and therefore they do not have to go through the liver, which avoids some of the negative effects on clotting pathways and ultimately your cardiovascular system. The current research indicates that topical application does not have the same risk factors for clotting disorders. Further, transdermal estrogen and progesterone have actually been found to decrease blood pressure and cholesterol, therefore reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
For more information on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and to find out whether it is right for you, book a free 15 minute consultation with one of our Guelph Naturopathic Doctors, Dr. Harmonie Eleveld, Dr. Kelsey Duncan or Dr. Alaina Gair, at Natural Choice Medical Clinic in Guelph by calling 519-265-8035 or using our online booking system.