Hormones play an important role in our general health and wellness from the time we are born so it is no wonder that they matter as we age as well. As we age, our hormones naturally decline and when this happens, women may experience many different symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, thinning hair, migraines and headaches, vaginal dryness, low sex drive, weight gain, pain with intercourse, mood changes, anxiety/depression, poor sleep, brain fog, insomnia, and more. Most women’s hormones begin to decline after the age of 30 and though a decline is normal, even in women that are very healthy, there is something you can do to support your hormone health. Bioidentical hormone replacement can be customized by a naturopath and developed in a compounding pharmacy to assist your body in achieving hormonal balance.
The best way to identify the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy formulation that you need is to first get extensive laboratory testing so that your naturopath can evaluate your personal health. Once your naturopath has determined what would best benefit you in balancing your hormones, they will determine a formulation that is biologically equivalent to your body’s chemistry. Healthline explains the primary difference between Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and traditional hormone therapies, “Bioidentical hormones are different from those used in traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in that they’re identical chemically to those our bodies produce naturally and are made from plant estrogens. The hormones used in traditional HRT are made from the urine of pregnant horses and other synthetic hormones.”
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy formulations may include estradiol, estriol, DHEA, testosterone, progesterone and pregnenolone. Additionally, formulations can be provided to the patient in a variety of delivery methods including topical hormone creams, oral capsules, hormone injections, and sublingual hormone troches or lozenges.Don’t settle for a one size fits all approach to your health. Work with your naturopath to safely and effectively achieve the homeostasis you need and that your body craves by balancing your hormones.