How Bioidentical Hormones Help Treat Menopause
March 7, 2023
It’s not easy getting older. As we age, our bodies are constantly changing and more problems seem to arise the older we get. One of the most dreaded naturally occurring experiences for women is menopause. This transitional point in time 12 months after a woman’s last period often comes with a flurry of negative symptoms such as hot flashes, chills, night sweats, mood changes, sleep difficulties, lack of energy and weight gain. Many women have turned to bioidentical hormone therapy to help alleviate many menopause symptoms. Here is how bioidentical hormones help treat menopause:
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are compounds that are chemically and molecularly identical to hormones naturally produced in the body. These bioidentical hormones mimic your natural hormones, acting as a replacement therapy often used by women to help with menopause.
Hormones are produced in the body’s endocrine glands and act as messengers, sending signals to all parts of the body about how and when to work. This network of hormones works as your body’s internal communication system, coordinating a long list of bodily functions from digestion to immune function and even mood.
For your body to function at optimal levels, the correct balance of hormones is essential. When that balance is off, which is often the case for women in the midst of menopause or perimenopause, bioidentical hormones can be used to replenish those vital hormones.
Why Use Bioidentical Hormones?
If you’re experiencing the negative effects of menopause or perimenopause, you could have low levels of naturally occurring hormones. Healthcare providers often use blood or urine tests to determine the level of hormones like estradiol, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
If these tests show an imbalance in your hormone levels, bioidentical hormones could be a solution that provides you relief from your menopause symptoms!
During menopause, the ovaries are less responsive to LH and FSH hormones, signaling your body to produce additional hormones to make up for the deficit. Estradiol and additional hormones decrease around the time of menopause, as well. Bioidentical hormones could provide that boost that you need!
Compounded Bioidentical Hormones
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved certain types of bioidentical hormones that are often made by drug companies. Additional forms of bioidentical hormones can be custom-made by one of our pharmacists here at Waters Wellness!
These bioidentical hormones are specifically made based on a healthcare provider’s prescription during a process known as compounding. Compounding is the process of creating medications by combining or altering the ingredients of multiple different medicines to produce a compound that specifically is meant for you and your hormonal needs.
Waters Wellness is happy to feature an extensive list of compounded bioidentical hormones!
Our products like CDG EstroDIM and EstroDIM are targeted supplements that support estrogen balance by using cruciferous vegetable metabolites (like I3C and DIM) to work together to reduce hormone overload and maintain cellular health. DHEA is a steroid hormone precursor that works to maintain healthy hormone levels while supporting the stress response system.
If you’re sick of menopause symptoms wreaking havoc on your life, perhaps it’s time to give bioidentical hormones a try! Contact us today to learn more about bioidentical hormones and how they could provide you with relief from menopause!