Is There Really a Difference Between Bioidentical and Synthetic Hormones?
Research has determined that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is simply a better way to treat hormone imbalances.
Did you know there are over 50 different hormones that influence or regulate the various processes of our bodies? They all play their own important roles, but the two you are probably the most familiar with are testosterone and estrogen. And the reason you are most familiar with those two is because when there is a problem with them, they cause the mood swings, weakness, mental fatigue, and other issues common with age-related hormone decline.
“As people age, their hormonal balance can be disrupted,” says Dr. Marcela Dominguez, a specialist in integrative and functional medicine at the UCI Health Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute in Costa Mesa. “We can restore that balance by implementing a hormone restoration program, which may also include hormone supplementation.”
Dr. Samueli’s research and experience echo that of our own doctors. Hormone replacement therapies not only make patients suffering from low testosterone or menopause look and feel better, but hormone optimization can also lower their risk of some of the other health consequences associated with growing older, such as:
- Cognitive decline
- Cardiovascular disease
- Risk of bone fractures
To maximize these and other benefits, we only prescribe bioidentical hormones in our practice. We have found that they are safer and more effective than traditional synthetic or animal-derived hormones.
Recent studies by the National Institutes of Health have confirmed that bioidentical hormones are safer than synthetic hormones and are less likely to cause serious illnesses or complications than synthetic hormones. The study states that, in the BHRT vs. HRT debate, bioidentical hormones are the preferred method for hormone replacement therapy.
We know that there has been a long-standing debate over whether bioidentical hormones are better than traditional synthetic hormones. However, based on our own experience and the most recent medical literature, our doctors are convinced that bioidentical hormones are simply a better way to treat hormone imbalances.
Bioidentical Hormones Vs. Synthetic Hormones
Bioidentical hormones are exact duplicates of the naturally occurring hormones produced by your body. As opposed to synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced by your body, which means they are used much more easily. Since bioidentical hormones are exact duplicates of the hormones your body makes, they offer more effective symptom relief than synthetic hormones with fewer risks and side effects.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has become the preferred treatment for men and women who are suffering from the symptom of age-related hormone decline.
Bioidentical hormones may be delivered in several forms depending on your needs and lifestyle. Which bioidentical hormones you are prescribed depends on how old you are, if you are a man or a woman, of course, how you are feeling, and what problems you are experiencing.
You may need a prescription for bioidentical progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, growth hormone, or any combination thereof.
If you are between the ages of 35-55, look for these signs and symptoms of your hormone levels being low or out of balance:
- Weakness and fatigue
- Depression and mood swings
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle tone
- Insomnia and/or disturbed sleep patterns
- Night sweats (women)
- Hot flashes (women)
- Erectile Dysfunction (men)
The only way to know if you qualify for bioidentical hormone therapy is through a series of specific diagnostic tests.
If your level of testosterone, growth hormone or other critical age-related hormones are determined to be sub-optimal or otherwise imbalanced, you may meet the criteria for bioidentical hormone therapy.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy and Menopause
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is particularly effective in treating women dealing with menopausal symptoms.
Restoring hormonal balance with bioidentical hormones has helped many women make the transition to the menopausal phase of life much more comfortable. Benefits experienced from using bioidentical hormones can include:
- Improved sleep quality
- Reduction or elimination of hot flashes
- Increased energy
- Increased libido and more satisfying sex
Many women on bioidentical hormone replacement find that mood swings, anxiety, and depression are improved or eliminated as the body’s hormones come back into balance, promoting a general sense of well-being.
What Every Man or Woman Over 40 Needs to Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective treatment option for relieving the typical symptoms of age-related hormone decline in men and women. Two of the most critical hormones to maintaining youth have been proven to be testosterone and human growth hormone. That is why our bioidentical hormone treatment programs are designed to optimize your levels of these hormones. Depending on your symptoms, you may need testosterone therapy or HGH therapy, or both. We often combine HGH and testosterone replacement to allow our patients to age-optimally and not have to give up any of the things they love about life just because they are growing older!
At NuLife Institute, we realize that not all patients experiencing age-related hormone decline are the same. Unlike some other facilities, we never take a cookie-cutter approach to hormone replacement but tailor your program to your unique needs, goals, and lifestyle.
Our medical director, Dr. Luis Dominguez, has used his unique, customized approach to help thousands of patients reverse the clock on aging and enjoy a whole new lease on life. Dr. Luis Dominguez has applied his inquisitive mind and passion for evidence-based Integrative Medicine to focus on utilizing a whole-body approach that provides life-changing results.
“Prior to learning about bioidentical hormone therapy, I tried other hormone creams and patches, but nothing really seemed to be making a difference. I was tired. I was going to the gym all of the time but not seeing the kind of results I wanted. I learned about bioidentical hormone replacement at NuLife, I came here for it, and the results have been amazing!” – Stephanie L. Aventura, Fl.
If you would like to learn a little bit more about the many life-changing benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, please contact us today by calling (305) 400-0005.