Bioidentical hormone therapy involves the use of hormones that come from natural sources, such as soy, rather than being synthetically manufactured. Synthetic hormones are associated with increased risks of serious health problems, such as certain types of cancer. Although the use of bioidentical hormones carries similar risks, they provide an alternative to those who would prefer to take a more natural approach. Compounding pharmacists make bioidentical hormones that have a similar chemical structure as the body’s natural hormones. Each patient receives bioidentical hormones that are specifically designed for their individual needs.
Uses for bioidentical hormones include relieving symptoms associated with peri-menopause or pre-menopause, such as hot flashes and changes in mood. The aging process includes decreases in the amounts of estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones, which can affect energy levels, mood, bone health, and other parts of the body. Bringing these hormone levels back up can help ease these symptoms and lower the risk of having them come back.
Bioidentical hormones are safe for patients to use. Since they come from natural sources and are designed with similar chemical structures as natural hormones, the body is usually able to metabolize them safely. However, patients should let Dr. Wilkie know about any medical conditions they have and prescription and over-the-counter medications they’re taking. Patients should also let Dr. Wilkie know about any supplements or herbal products they’re taking. Dr. Wilkie uses this information to make sure that there aren’t any potential risks or health issues that might occur when taking bioidentical hormones.
Patients who are experiencing severe or persistent symptoms of peri-menopause should ask Dr. Wilkie about using bioidentical hormones. Dr. Wilkie evaluates each patient’s symptoms and overall health, including medical history, to determine if bioidentical hormones are a suitable treatment option. Patients who are concerned about potential side effects or risks can discuss these with Dr. Wilkie before deciding whether or not to undergo this type of therapy.
To learn more about bioidentical hormones, please contact Vanessa D. Wilkie, ND.
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