Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is sometimes called “natural hormones” or “human identical hormones” , biologically identical hormones are derived from plants, such as the wild yam or soybean plant, and are chemically and functionally identical to human hormones. The wild yam is rich in precursor molecules that can be converted in the laboratory into estrogens and other hormones whose molecular structure is the same as those produced in the human body.
The key in distinguishing what is “natural” is not where the hormone originated, but whether it’s chemical makeup matches the one it is intended to replace. Biologically identical hormones are believed to produce the same physiologic responses in the body as endogenous hormones (those made by the body).
Bio-Identical HRT has a beneficial effect for woman who experience peri-menopausal and Menopausal symptoms including hot flashes, insomnia, low libido, depression/anxiety, joint and bone pain, hair loss, and dry skin. Men, undergoing Andropause (male hormone changes) often present with fatigue, loss of motivation, decreased muscle mass, mood swings, weight gain, erectile dysfunction and urinary frequency.
To determine your hormonal requirements we obtain laboratory samples including Female and Male Hormone Profiles (blood, urine, saliva). If you are a candidate for this therapy there are many routes of administration. HRT can be delivered by sublingual troches (dissolve under the tongue), topical gels, injections, or sub-dermal pellet therapy (implantable hormone pellets under the skin).