Bioidentical hormones are man-made hormones that are very identical to the hormones produced within the human body. These man-made hormones are then used to treat men and women whose own hormones are low, weak or out of balance. Some forms of bioidentical hormones are already made available by drug companies and can only be sold after prescription provided by the doctor. At times, doctors order the pharmacist to make customized bioidentical hormones. This is process is known as compounding.
Hormones are special chemicals secreted by parts of the body called endocrine glands. They carry messages that instruct other parts of the body as to how and when to work. Hormones control all the task done by the body. These tasks include sex, brain function, growth and the breakdown of nutrients from food. When hormones are imbalanced, several symptoms appear to hamper the aging body.
The goal of bioidentical hormone is to get your body performing at its best through optimizing the hormone, minerals, and vitamin levels by using natural hormones and supplements. This helps in weight loss, fatigue, low libido, mood swings, hot flashes, adrenal fatigue, night sweats, anxiety, and depression. With proper diet and exercise during the therapy, the chances of feeling and functioning better increases exponentially soon after. Although customized bioidentical hormones are often publicized or advertised as a safer, natural, more effective, and an alternative to conventional therapy. However, there is skepticism regarding these claims as they largely remain unsupported by any researches or well-designed studies.
Is bioidentical hormone therapy safe?
The purpose of bioidentical hormones is to match the chemical structure of the body molecule for molecule. Nothing new is given to the body, just replenishes and revitalizes what is lacking or weak in the body.
Is it safe to stop bioidentical hormone therapy?
Usually, a patient undergoing bioidentical hormone therapy can choose to stop it at any point, as there is no harm or reaction to it. But, chances are that the functioning and working of the body may return to the pre-therapy state.
Why do doctors prefer synthetic hormones when bioidentical is considered to be safe?
There are several factors why doctors choose synthetic over bioidentical. Politics, economics, and the powerful pharmaceutical industry in the United States play a major role in explaining doctors’ inhibition. Pharmaceutical companies can patent synthetic hormones, while bioidentical hormones cannot be patented by them. Synthetic hormones are highly profitable than the natural ones. The governments or pharmaceutical companies invest very little in the research and marketing of bioidentical hormones, whereas synthetic ones fetch far more profit and give the manufacturers an exclusive right through a patent. Physicians are aware of the drugs through promotional work of the product by pharmaceutical companies. Bioidentical hormones are not manufactured by pharmaceutical companies, thus, most physicians are unaware of them until they go for personal research on it.