What are bio-identical hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are hormones that are taken into the body, that are identical in chemical structure to the hormones the body makes. They usually refer to the sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
What is the difference between bio-identical hormones and HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) from conventional medicine?
Hormone replacement therapy from conventional medicine uses substances that are chemically similar to what the body makes, but pharmaceutical manufacturers add chemical structures to the substances so they can be patented. ‘Natural’ substances like hormones, vitamins, minerals, herbs cannot be patented. Serious side effects to HRT in conventional medicine include vascular disease and an increase in cancers. These risks are not seen in the use of bio-identical hormones.
How do I know if I should be on bio-identical hormones?
Dr. Gardner generally reserves the use of bio-identical hormones for women with symptoms, or clear deficiencies of the hormones. Some post-menopausal women desire to be on them who do not have post-menopausal symptoms. If bio-identical hormones are necessary under these conditions, they are prescribed on an individual basis.
What is the best way to take bio-identical hormones?
There is much debate going on regarding whether it is best to take these hormones by mouth or by cream. There are advantages and disadvantages with either, so the decision is determined on an individual basis. Other available means of administering the hormomes are sublingual administration, suppositories, and pellets placed in the fat tissue.