Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Balancing, replenishing and adjusting hormones is the art and science of this well established Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
BHRT refers to the use of bio-identical hormones to re-balance and/or replace our body’s own hormones during times of change such as leading up to menopause or andropause and beyond. BHRT can however also be used to treat hormone conditions such as PMS, endometriosis, post natal depression, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia and many other hormone imbalances.
Demand is increasing for hormone imbalance treatments across all ages, for both women and men and our BHRT medical specialists provide an extremely accurate hormone replacement treatment plan. We are very mindful that each patient is different, presenting their own unique hormone levels and set of symptoms.
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Hormones are chemical messengers that circulate through the blood stream and control every function of our body. BHRT is a natural treatment using plant sources such as soy and yam which have an identical chemical structure to the hormones our body produces and unlike synthetic HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), BHRT is founded on the principle that each patient is different and therefore requires a unique approach.
What is a bio-identical hormone?
A bio-identical hormone has the same chemical structure as a naturally occurring hormone produced by our body. Progesterone – produced by our ovaries – is indistinguishable from the progesterone manufactured from plants and it is important to know that to be termed as ‘natural’ and/or ‘bio-identical’, hormones must copy exactly the structure of our body’s natural hormones. Bio-Identical hormones are therefore identical to the chemical structure of the estrogen, progesterone and testosterone found in our body and, consistent with our body’s biochemistry.
How ‘natural’ are bio-identical hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are derived from plant sources such as wild yam and soya beans and then processed by pharmaceutical companies into tiny particles before being made available in oral or cream/patch forms. We refer to the structure of the hormone molecule rather than the plant it was sourced from when we use the word ‘natural’ and when looked at biochemically, these molecules are totally indistinguishable from those produced by our bodies, so there is rapidly growing demand for ‘natural’ hormones. Natural and synthetic hormones cannot be considered the same and nor can they be interchanged.
Conventional HRT comes with well documented risks such as an increase in breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers, alongside a potential raise in blood pressure that if left unchecked could lead to a stroke. There is also evidence that suggests a higher risk of heart disease. This is because synthetic hormones have a completely different chemical structure to that which is produced by our bodies.
BHRT rebalances hormone deficiency in order that the best balance can be achieved (not created), and
it is perfectly tailored for each patient. The recommended prescription and dosage given by our BHRT specialists will be influenced by many factors and the patient’s symptoms properly evaluated before treatment commences.
There can be significant benefits following BHRT, which relieves the symptoms commonly associated with the menopause and andropause.