Long ago, practitioners of medicine in ancient times used herbs, berries, and seeds to concoct potions to cure ailments that people experienced. Then, modern medicine started to experiment with synthetic formulas. Today, many individuals are searching to return to a natural way of healing the body, and to this end, some are turning to bio-similar hormone replacement therapy as the perfect solution to what they require.
What is bio-similar hormone replacement therapy and how does it work in the human body? bio-similar HRT is a natural approach to treating deficiencies that occur when the body ceases or slows down production of a particular hormone. There are approximately 60 of these chemical messengers in the body, and many have the purpose of stimulating the production of other such substances. If one of these types of hormonal deficiencies occurs, a trigger effect occurs, and system wide breakdown could occur.
Bio-similar hormones have an identical molecular structure to the chemical messengers they are designed to increase. The difference between bio-similar and natural is that, while a natural version of a hormone replacement product is made from something that exists in nature (such as urine from pregnant horses to make Premarin), it is not identical to the actual hormone in the human body. That is why many “natural” and synthetic methods of HRT have higher risk factors associated with them.
Synthetic hormones are entirely different because they are manmade and are not bio-similar in nature to the targeted substance they are replacing. With bio-similar hormone replacement , the body cannot distinguish a difference between the naturally occurring hormone and the supplementation that has been administered. This enables the medication to go right to work triggering its crucial functions without the need for any type of conversion or assimilation process.
As with any type of medical treatment, there are pros and cons of bio-similar hormone replacement therapy to discuss, and that will take place in the following two sections.
TYPES AND BENEFITS OF BIO-SIMILAR HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
There are many benefits of bio-similar hormone replacement therapy for men and women, and this will also depend on the type of treatment that has been prescribed. The two primary forms of HRT for men are:
- Human growth hormone injections
- Testosterone treatment
What are bio-similar hormone replacement therapy options for women?
- Human growth hormone injections
- Testosterone treatment
Much of the estrogen and progesterone used by women today fall under the natural or synthetic forms of HRT. That is why there is often more talk about risks than benefits. This is not the case when discussing the use of HGH therapy or testosterone treatment. When prescribed by a doctor following detailed blood testing and physical examination, these methods have increased benefits with reduced risk factors.
For example, here are some of the benefits of testosterone treatment for Low T in women and men:
- Improved libido
- Reversal or cessation of menopausal symptoms
- Increased energy and endurance
- Loss of belly fat
- Stronger, more defined lean muscles
- Increased bone density
- Sharper memory and cognitive functions
- Improved erectile functions
- Deeper sleep
- Better mood and outlook
- Thicker hair
- Lower triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels
- Improved cardiac output and capacity
When looking at the expected natural bio-similar hormone replacement therapy benefits of HGH injections for growth hormone deficiency in adults, we find the following:
- All of the benefits listed above associated with testosterone treatment
- Improved metabolism
- Regulation of glucose uptake
- Increased cellular regeneration – helps maintain internal organ size and performance
- Increased collagen for noticeably tighter and firmer skin, and reduced appearance of aging
- Stronger nails
- Improved immune system functions
- Shortened recovery and recuperation times from illness, injury, and even high exertion exercise
- Clearer night vision and eyesight
- Increased drive and motivation
The symptoms that a person has often help the doctor know even before the blood test results come in what type of deficiency may be present – but not always. That is why getting blood analysis is essential before bio-similar hormone therapy is prescribed.
There are some potential bio-similar hormone replacement therapy side effects that should be discussed before treatment is considered. The most likely reason why anyone would see these adverse changes is due to the dosage of medication prescribed being too high for the body’s needs.
In most cases, the dangers of bio-similar hormone replacement therapy are exceedingly slight, and if anything, the risk factors are more on the annoying side than anything else. If they appear, contact your Blueprint Health Patient Care Representative to have the dosage of medication lowered – do not try to do this on your own or without proper guidance and support. Once the dosage is reduced, the symptoms should subside and reverse.
Depending upon the type of treatment prescribed, the following side effects of bio-similar hormone replacement therapy are possible:
- Breast tenderness or enlargement
- Oily skin or acne
- Changes in mood or aggression
- Itching, sensitivity, or pain at the injection site
- Rash or other skin changes with testosterone gels, patches, or creams
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- High cholesterol
- Edema – swelling
- Joint pains or muscle aches
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Changes in taste, gum irritation, or toothache attributed to transbuccal testosterone
WHERE TO GET BIO-SIMILAR HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
Symptoms such as low libido, weight gain, changes in mood or outlook, decreasing bone density, loss of lean muscle, trouble sleeping, and problems with memory are all excellent reasons to seek out the help and support of bio-similar hormone replacement doctors . Unlike many other physicians who may want to run expensive diagnostic tests to get to the root of the problem, HRT specialists use blood analysis to determine what is wrong.
Blueprint Health works with local physicians around the country to enable them to provide HRT to their patients, while providing the highest level of patient screening, on-going monitoring, thus insuring successful outcomes. The goal is always the same – to help adults lead enriched lives by ensuring that their hormone levels are where they should be to allow for proper functioning. We also offer the highest quality, compounded bio-similar medications to our clients.
To find out more about how bio-similar hormone replacement can impact your life, or that of someone you know, call today for a free consultation or contact us by completing our on-line form, and one of our medical advisors will contact you at a time that is convenient. Bio-similar hormones are changing lives of women and men throughout the US. Learn how the right treatment can change your life.