What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
You may have heard about the dangers of using man-made compounds such as Provera and Premarin to serve as a hormone substitute intended to supplement the hormones that naturally occur in your body.
Specifically, the levels of the hormones Progesterone and Estrogen (in women), and Testosterone (in men) tend to decline as you age. However, just because your body isn’t making as much doesn’t mean that you don’t need them!
Fortunately there is a safe alternative to these potentially dangerous man-made compounds–Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT.
Scary Stuff: Premarin is actually a made form an extract the urine of pregnant mares (as in horses). Yes, this compound contains a human estrogen (estrone). However, it also contains a number of equine (i.e. horse) estrogens that are not found in humans. Consequently, the use of Premarin and Provera together have produced a number of adverse effects such as increased risk of breast cancer, stroke, and heart problems.
A Safer Alternative: Bioidentical Hormone Supplements are exactly what their name implies–compounds that are identical to the natural molecules that your body produces. These are not chemicals made from animal waste, rather they are formulated form soy products or yams by pharmacists to match your body’s hormones identically. As a result, patients are likely to reap the benefits of the human hormones without the side-effects associated with non-human hormones.
Hormones are Essential: Hormone loss is associated with an increased likelihood of heart disease, bone loss, decreased cognitive function, loss of muscle mass, reduced sex drive, restless leg syndrome, mood swings, hair loss, osteoporosis, depression, weight gain, and thinning of skin.1
Progesterone increases bone mass. Testosterone helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and improves cognitive function.
New Techniques for Introducing the Hormones: Until recently, the majority of hormone therapy applications were done orally with pills, directly to the skin with creams or gels, or via injection. There are problems with all of these applications, including improper dosages, patches falling off, and the patient’s failure to take pills as prescribed.
The newest technique is the implanting of a time-release pellet underneath the skin on the buttocks. By implanting the dosage beneath the skin, you are ensured of getting the proper dosage released regularly. Each implant can last six months.
Dr. Jack Bertolino of Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics is the only physician in Western New York to offer this cutting-edge procedure.
Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy right for you? BHRT is not for everyone. Blood tests prior to your procedure will determine whether your hormone levels are low enough to warrant a BHRT supplement. They will also help to determine if your symptoms are caused by other physical problems or illnesses.
Dr. Jack Bertolino would be happy to meet with you and discuss your options for helping you to look and feel better.
Download a technical whitepaper that goes into detail about Bioidentical Hormones and the science behind them, authored by Steven F. Hotze, MD and Donald P. Ellsworth, MD.
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