Understanding hormones


Bioidentical hormones are becoming a popular choice for menopausal women.Hormones play an important role for women. Whether they are going through menopause or other health conditions, such as chemotherapy or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), they need to find ways to relieve their symptoms to get peace of mind. Lately, bioidentical hormones are becoming a popular choice for women all over the world, given their effectiveness. However, as with any treatment, it is essential to be fully informed about which path to take, considering advantages and possible side effects.

In the following section, there is a detailed explanation of what bioidentical hormones truly are, the most common types of bioidentical hormones, their characteristics and side effects, and the alternative options available to use.

About Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical hormones are plant-based or compounded hormones identical in molecular structure to those produced in the body. They are chemical extracts commonly derived from the yam and soybean plants, which are engineered in a laboratory to serve human purposes. Bioidentical hormones are often used to relieve the symptoms of menopause and other hormone-related deficiencies or imbalances. To learn more about human-like hormones, go to the section about bioidentical hormones, or keep reading to find out about the most common hormones used for bioidentical replacement therapy.

Bioidentical Hormones: The Myth Uncovered

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Common Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical hormones are produced to mimic estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.The most common compound preparations for bioidentical hormones are produced to mimic the hormones listed below:

  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone

These hormonal compounds are thought to be safer and more natural than synthetic hormones, though no conclusive proof exists. Research is still being made to measure the reach of bioidentical hormones in the body.

Click on the following link to learn more about common bioidentical hormones or keep reading to find out about bioidentical estrogen.

What’s in a Name – Bioidentical Hormones

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Bioidentical Estrogen

Estrogen helps regulate menstruation.Estrogen is the general term applied to a group of ovarian hormones with similar characteristics and refers specifically to the primary group of female sex hormones. Among other things, estrogen promotes the development of female sexual characteristics and helps regulate menstruation. Bioidentical estrogen, on the other hand, is not produced within the body, and it can be administered in form of creams, pills, or patches.

In theory, bioidentical estrogen is thought to function exactly like the estrogen produced naturally by the body, because the molecular structures are identical. However, its use has been known to come with myriad side effects.

Bioidentical estrogen replacement therapy side effects

Bioidentical estrogen replacement therapy is occasionally accompanied by an array of unfortunate side effects. Some of these side effects are listed below:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Migraines
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting

Click on the following link to learn more about bioidentical estrogen replacement therapy. For information regarding bioidentical progesterone replacement therapy, keep reading.

What Are the Costs of Estrogen Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?

Bioidentical hormones are produced from plant extracts and replicate the body’s natural hormones. Estrogen bioidentical hormone therapy may effectively manage hormonal imbalance, but it carries risks. Side effects including nausea, vomiting, migraines, vision, or speech problems; decreased libido and mood swings may surface, and other medications may interact negatively (...)

Bioidentical Progesterone

Hormone fluctuation during menstrual cycleProgesterone is a steroid hormone made by the ovaries around the middle of the menstrual cycle. Its primary role is to balance the effects of estrogen, along with promoting osteal strength and growth.

Bioidentical progesterone refers to the plant-derived progesterone produced in a laboratory to imitate natural progesterone. Bioidentical progesterone often comes from plant fats and oils – usually from a substance called diosgenin that is extracted from wild yam and soybeans. As with any external substance introduced to the body, it might bring about some side effects.

Bioidentical progesterone replacement therapy side effects

The range of side effects associated with bioidentical progesterone replacement therapy is broad. See the list below for some examples:
Migraines are one of the side effects associated with bioidentical progesterone.

  • Chest pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Blood clots
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

Click on the following link to learn more bioidentical progesterone replacement therapy, or continue reading to gain an understanding of bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy.

Bioidentical Cream

Bioidentical cream is another form of bioidentical hormone therapy. Taking these hormones in cream form means they are absorbed more quickly and effectively. This article discusses the merits, what they can be compounded to target a woman’s hormone imbalance, and the disadvantages, including its potentially toxic effects.

Compounded bioidentical hormones

Compounded bioidentical hormones are a very popular form of menopause treatment, because they are created to match a woman’s level of hormones exactly. Find more information in this article about how to obtain and use compounded bioidentical hormones, how they work, and their pros and cons compared to alternative (...)

Bioidentical Testosterone

Testosterone is a sex hormone responsible for muscle growth, sex drive, aggression, and personality. While testosterone is made in the ovaries and adrenal glands in women, for men it is elaborated in the testicles and adrenal glands.

Bioidentical testosterone replaces the body’s naturally-produced testosterone and is made from soy and yam oils. It carries both advantages and side effects.

Bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy side effects

While proponents of bioidentical testosterone argue that its effects are largely beneficial, its negative side effects are numerous. See below:
Fatigue is one of the side effects of bioidentical testosterone.

  • Rashes and itching
  • Chest tightness
  • Swelling
  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Gum and mouth irritation
  • Libido fluctuations

Click on the following link to learn more about bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy, or continue reading to learn about bioidentical hormones and menopause.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Find information about bioidentical hormone therapy to help you make a decision about which treatment to choose to combat your menopause symptoms. This article explains how bioidentical hormones work in the body, their side effects, like fatigue and depression, and the alternatives to hormone replacement therapy, such as natural (...)

Bioidentical Hormones and Menopause

Menopausal women use  HRT to relieve their symptoms.For decades, women experiencing menopause relied on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to relieve their symptoms. Unfortunately, links to very serious health conditions forced women to look for other options with fewer side effects.

Recent trends indicate that women are moving steadily away from traditional pharmaceutical HRT in favor of bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones, however, are manufactured synthetically by a process similar to most pharmaceutical hormones, including birth control pills.

Click on the link for more information about bioidentical hormones replacement therapy and menopause, or keep reading to learn about bioidentical hormones side effects.

What Is the Impact of Bioidentical Hormones on Hair Loss?

Hair loss is one of the more distressing symptoms of menopausal hormone imbalance. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses plant-based, biologically similar hormones to balance hormones. This article considers the pros of using bHRT to prevent hair loss caused by hormonal imbalance, and its cons, such as side effects (...)

Bioidentical Hormones Risks and Side Effects

Women using bioidentical hormones have reported several side effects.Women using bioidentical hormones have reported several side effects. The side effects associated with bioidentical hormones can vary from mild to severe depending on the hormone type and dosage.

Click on the following link to learn more bioidentical hormones side effects, or continue reading to find out about alternatives to bioidentical hormones.

What Effects to Expect from Bioidentical Hormone Treatment

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Alternatives to Bioidentical Hormones

Contrary to popular belief, “bioidentical” is not synonymous with “natural”. In fact, bioidentical hormones are yam- or soy-derived chemicals that have been scientifically manipulated to mimic the body’s own hormones. A genuinely natural solution lies in investigating alternatives to bioidentical and synthetic hormones. The following options offer real, natural solutions:

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes are the most effective treatment for hormonal imbalance.Adopting a healthier lifestyle is typically the most effective treatment for hormone imbalance and involves the least amount of risk. Positive changes in diet and exercise, combined with stress-reduction techniques such as yoga, can help alleviate symptoms of hormonal imbalance and improve overall health.

Despite the benefits of lifestyle changes, they still treat only the symptoms. To address the root problem, it is necessary to target the source of hormonal imbalance.

Alternative medicine

Alternative medicine refers to several different therapies including massages.Generally involving little to no risk and proven effective at treating hormonal imbalance, alternative medicine refers to several different therapies. These include: herbal remedies, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, aromatherapy, and hypnosis. Many women, however, claim to find the most relief with simple, low-cost herbal remedies.

After an overview of biodentical hormones and their side effects, it is time to know their options for use in more detail. Click on the following link to find out more information about alternatives to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Are There Effective Alternatives to Bioidentical Hormones?

In recent years, scientists have begun to cast doubt on the view that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a miracle cure for menopause symptoms. This article explores the dangers of bioidentical hormones. Find more information here about the alternatives to this therapy, including healthy diet, regular exercise, stress relief (...)

Bioidentical Hormones vs. HRT

Bioidentical hormones and hormone replacement therapy are always pitted against each other in the fight to determine the ultimate treatment for menopause symptoms. This article compares the two therapies side by side, including their methods, and their strengths and their weaknesses, including the side effects they can cause.

What Does the FDA Say about Bioidentical Hormones?

Studies have shown that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can be effective in combating menopause symptoms while other reports have linked it to a number of unpleasant side effects. The FDA does not recognize BHRT as a menopausal treatment and claims that there is insufficient evidence to back up (...)

Why Should I Use Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are created in a laboratory from natural extracts that are designed to have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced in the body. Bioidentical hormone therapy is used to treat the symptoms of hormonal imbalance which include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and irregular periods. This treatment (...)

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