In today’s society, most women begin to experience the effects of perimenopause or menopause over the age of 40 (and some women over age 30). As a direct result of this, they may start experiencing one or several classic symptoms of aging:
- Decrease in energy
- Weight gain
- Low sex drive
- Hair loss
- Mood swings
- Inability to focus
- Memory loss
The hormonal decline that takes place during this stage of life leads many women to seek relief, but some live in fear of synthetic hormone therapy, questioning the impact it will have on their long-term health. The search for a more natural solution has led some women to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Treatment?
Unlike conventional hormone therapy that uses animal-based or synthetic hormones that are different from a woman’s own hormones, bioidentical hormones are biochemically equal to those produced on our own.
Basically, there are two types of bioidentical hormones: those made in a compounding pharmacy on a case-by-case basis for each patient (customized), and then there are those pre-made as a brand name pharmaceutical, then dispersed by major pharmaceutical companies. Both bioidentical and synthetic are created in several different forms, including creams, patches, gels, pills, and vaginal rings.
The Pros of Bioidentical Hormone Treatment
Women have become frightened of hormones in general, thanks to some concerning study results with synthetic hormones (specifically involving provera) several years ago. The fact is, bioidentical hormones made of natural substances don’t cause cancer; matter-of-fact, they benefit your body. So rather than suffering through menopause using no hormones, check out the list of benefits bioidentical hormones can provide:
- A decreased risk of breast cancer and uterine cancer.
- Less bloating and bleeding.
- Beneficial results in cardiovascular health, such as the decreased risk of blood clots, maintaining proper HDL cholesterol levels, and protecting against hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
- An improvement in bone density and enhanced urinary and sexual health.
Perhaps one of the greatest compliments to this new advancement in hormone treatment comes from Dr. Neal Rouzier, MD, an expert in hormone replacement and balancing, who stated, “Bioidentical HRT is a substantially effective treatment for menopausal symptoms that also protects women from the many other risks associated with low hormone levels.
Over 50 years of studies indicate that restoring hormones to premenopausal levels protects women from health risks and encourages well-being. Bioidentical hormones are the safest and most effective way to ensure optimal hormone levels. Bioidentical hormones should not be confused with synthetic HRT, as they are far superior to their synthetic counterpart.”
About Maturo Medical Weight and Wellness: Located in the heart of Tempe, Arizona, Dr. Lisa Maturo and the Maturo Medical staff are focused and specialized in BioIdentical Hormone Treatment. For more information or to book a consultation today with Dr. Maturo, visit: maturomedical.org.