Hormones carry messages throughout the body that affect everything from the brain and bones to the musclesand reproductive organs. The body works best when hormones are in balance. There are a number of ways hormones are thrown off balance:
Hormone Imbalance can display as:
Bioidentical (natural) hormones are derived from natural plant sources and areidentical to the hormones that the body produces for itself. If hormones need to be boosted to improve a person’s overall health and wellbeing, it is safer and healthier to use hormones that the body recognized as its own, rather than hormones from horses, imbalanced version or overly potent synthetic versions, which are hormones used in most pharmaceutical preparations.
What do bioidentical hormones treat?
Bioidentical hormone balance may be helpful in treating hot flashes, vaginal dryness, symptoms of menopause in women or andropause (age-related decrease in testosterone) in men, erectile dysfunction, low libido, fatigue, insomnia, migraines, PMS, infertility, irritability, and skin problems, among others.
What hormones are used?
The bioidentical hormones most commonly used are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and thyroid hormone. Doses are maintained as low as possible, with the goal being to find and reestablish the body’s natural hormonal balance, not overload it with a particular supplemental hormone.