What is “natural” hormone replacement therapy?
Hormones control every function in your body – from energy and metabolism, to mood, fertility and sex drive, from vitality and strength to appetite and sleep, from how you gain or lose weight to your mental and physical endurance – hormones keep us alive!
Several factors have an impact on hormonal balance: inadequate nutrition, digestive system disturbances and the environment, as well as physical and emotional stress. These factors can result in infertility, PMS, irregular menstrual cycles, difficult menopause or andropause, low mood and irritability, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, low sex drive, weak bones, insomnia as well as thinning and aging skin.
Natural or “bio-identical” hormones mimic the body’s own hormones closely have been used successfully to treat these concerns for many years. These natural hormones are most often extracted from plant sources like soy and wild yams, and thus are chemically identical to the hormones your body naturally makes.
Inherently, determining which bio-identical hormones will be used in treatment requires a method as unique as you are – the treatment is different for every individual and is customized to specifically improve your unique symptoms. The hormonal treatment is then carefully monitored by laboratory studies and adjusted to suit your individual needs.
What are Bio-identical Hormones? by Dr. Sanjay Mohan Ram
Dr. Mohan Ram briefly explains what bio-identical hormones are, and the purpose they serve.
As we age, our bodies’ production of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which help maintain youthful vitality, decreases. Bioidentical hormone therapy is the process of replacing human hormones that have naturally declined. They have the exact same molecular structure as the hormones which you naturally produce in the body and are made from natural ingredients as prescribed by a Naturopathic Physician.
Regardless of which hormones are deficient in your body, a Naturopathic Physician, with the aid of the appropriate hormone tests, may help determine which hormones you need, and in which doses. At Cross Roads Naturopathic Clinic, a Naturopathic Physician will go through a comprehensive individual medical assessment and test you for the levels of your hormones. Based on the test results, they will then customize a treatment plan of specific bio-identical hormones for you.
How may Bio-identical Hormones Help?
There may be many benefits to using Bio-identical Hormones, namely:
Helping improve mood by alleviating depression, anxiety or mood swings
Helping decrease wrinkles by increasing the deposition of collagen and elastin in the skin
Helping with weight loss by increasing healthy muscle mass
Helping with hair loss and dry skin
Helping improve memory and mental acuity
Helping decrease the risk of osteoporosis while increasing bone density
Helping improve cardiovascular health and prevent heart disease
Helping the body get into proper sleep/wake cycles or circadian rhythms
Helping improve the immune system fight off infections or repair damaged tissues
Is Bio-identical Hormone Therapy right for me?
As women and men enter their 40’s and 50’s, the bodies’ production of hormones slowly decreases. The individual effects of menopause and andropause vary, but both women and men may benefit from personalized or individualized dosages of bioidentical hormones over their lifetime.