What is Bioidentical?
Bioidentical is defined in the American Heritage Dictionary as follows: Bio means life; living organism. Identical means being the same. Bioidentical means any substance similar to the substance in the living organism. When bioidentical is used, it refers to any natural hormone which has the same molecular structure as in a human body.
The popular thinking nowadays is that synthetic hormones are used because a human body is unable to create the hormones it needs from natural sources. Bioidentical natural hormone replacement is hardly known about today because of this. Truth be known, women has lived from generation to generation without synthetics and using only natural remedies.
Why hormone therapy?
Hormones are chemical substances, produced in the body from the nourishment that is given it, that are then transported by the blood to other organs to stimulate their function. The functions are numerous and include growth, muscle tone, bone density, energy level and more.
With each passing year after age 35, our organs produce less and less of the hormones needed to maintain a healthy body. The decrease of hormones includes estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid and others.
For women, during the menopause years, including the time prior to menopause when irregular periods and other symptoms occur is when the first hormone Prosgesterone starts to decline. Indications of the decline can start 15 years before menopause occurs with symptoms that can include being irritable,anxious, etc. The next hormone to dwindle is estrogen which causes hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other symptoms that can last 2 or 3 years and sometimes longer. Following those two hormones, testosterone starts diminishing and with that goes physical stamina, sex drive and tissue degeneration.
Should we be without these hormones? Absolutely NOT!!
What does an imbalance of hormones have to do with cancer?
To answer this question, it is beneficial to understand a bit more about estrogen. In the female human body there are 3 different kinds of estrogens that occur naturally. They are called Estrone, Estriol and Estradiol. Of the three only one is clot forming and the one that stimulates breasts and creates cancer and it is Estrone. The synthetic estrogens that are used in this day, do not have Estriol, the most protective anti-cancer estrogen. The synthetic horse estrogens contain over a third of equine estrogens which are not compatible at all to a human female.
The natural female cycle in which progesterone is created occurs only 15 days of every month. The usual synthetic progesterone prescription that is given is for each day of the month. A long list of female body problems occur from the synthetic hormones while on the other hand, the natural bioidentical hormones are created from natural sources such as soy or yam and modified to match the human hormones exactly.
Bioidentical progesterone gives improved mood, less irritability, less bloating, a relief from hot flashes, plus a decrease of other symptoms such as digestive problems, flatulence, and loss of memory. Bioidentical progesterone also reduces breast tenderness and reduces vaginal bleeding.
In conclusion bioidentical progesterone makes happier women, a better quality of life, more cardiovascular protection, better cancer protection, more brain protection and better bone protection. On the other hand synthetic progesterone antagonizes the beneficial effects and creates the opposite results.
Why is there a higher risk of cancer problems during menopause?
During menopause, the cancer protective hormone, progesterone, drops while the cancer causing hormone estrone rises. Replacing hormones naturally with bioidentical hormones in women brings about the balance once again. Doing so creates a better quality of life that can be enjoyed, one that a women is happy, strong and vibrant.