Bio-identical hormone replacement is the utilization of hormones matching what is found in the human body, typically synthesized from plant sources, rather than from animal by-products commonly used in conventional hormone compounds, such as Premarin, which stands for pregnant mares urine. Aside from the issue around the inhumane treatment of animals, this particular hormone compound has been shown to increase heart disease and estrogen sensitive cancers in women. Bio-identical female hormones are derived from soy and wild yam which match the hormones found in the human body.
This form of hormone replacement is also about making treatment individualized. Every person has unique hormone levels and rhythms, however most conventional compounds are found in only one particular concentration which is not realistic. Our doctors work with compounding pharmacies in the area to tailor specific hormone protocols to improve symptoms associated with thyroid imbalance, menopause, low adrenal function, and andropause. Hormone imbalance can contribute to low libido, fatigue, anxiety, mood changes, inability to concentrate, inability to lose weight, sleep disturbance, temperature irregularities, headaches, and many common female gynecological complaints. Hormones are always used in combination with herbal remedies and nutrients which can reduce the amount of hormone needed, as well as shorten duration of treatment.