A Natural Approach to Creating Balance
As women and men approach mid-life, many often wonder whether or not hormone therapy is the right option for them. Countless studies have shown that traditional (synthetic) hormone therapy can increase the likelihood of various types of cancer and heart disease. However, many are now taking a natural approach to hormone balance with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
With natural bioidentical hormones, women and men can find relief from symptoms of hormonal imbalance without the risks that come along with synthetic hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are derived from naturally occurring sources, such as yams and soy. They are designed to replicate the same chemical structures as the hormones that are produced naturally by our bodies. Based on your hormone levels, a specialized compounding pharmacy can individually tailor a bioidentical hormone regimen specifically designed for you.
On the flip side, synthetic hormones are intentionally different. Pharmaceutical companies can’t patent bioidentical hormones because each regimen is specifically formulated to treat each patient on an individual basis. Instead, they manufacture synthetic hormones that are patentable.
Are Bio-identical Hormones Safer, More Effective than Synthetic Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are more appealing to the masses when dealing with menopause or andropause because they are derived naturally and our bodies can metabolize them properly. Another advantage of using bioidentical hormones is that they are specifically designed to match your individual hormonal needs–unlike synthetic hormones, which use a one-size-fits-all approach to symptom relief.
There is an overwhelmingly large body of evidence that supports the claim that bioidentical hormone therapy is safer and more effective than synthetic hormone replacement. However, it’s important to remember that no drug, supplement, or herb is 100 percent safe–there is always a chance that you may experience an adverse reaction. That’s why it’s critical for men and women to consult a hormone specialist before beginning any hormone therapy regimen to safe-guard themselves from side effects.
Teresa Pecherek-Rogers, M.D.
- Is a Member of the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine
- Has done extensive training in anti-aging provided by the fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
- Is AMA Board Certified Family Practice
Teresa Pecherek Rogers, M.D., owner and operator of Rogers Medical of Plainfield, customizes health programs for men and women suffering the effects of hormone imbalances. She aims to balance hormones using bioidentical hormones and restore health and wellness through the use of appropriately prescribed vitamins, minerals, and other food elements.