BHRT for Women
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy using the pellet method has greatly changed the manner in which women age. In the past women died during childbirth, and PMS and menopause was just another stage of life to be endured by all and lived with. Today, we have natural hormone replacement therapy to help combat hormone imbalances
Estrogen is the most important hormone for women; the loss of estrogen puts her at an increased risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, impaired vision and Parkinson’s disease. The longer a woman is without estrogen, the greater her risk for serious health consequences.
Estrogen receptors are in varying organs throughout the body which is why hormonal imbalances produce a variety of symptoms such as skin elasticity, moodiness, bone shrinkage and cognitive decline. Estrogen is also thought to be a natural antidepressant and mood stabilizer. This is noticeable when estrogen levels rise in the first week of menses, their overall effect is to increase the amount of serotonin available to the brain’s nerve cells leading to an increase in mood.
The brain needs normal amounts of testosterone in balance with estrogen to produce serotonin which supports emotional balance. Studies on testosterone therapy have demonstrated that testosterone can provide women with mental clarity, increased libido and muscle tone and mass. When women experience low testosterone they often complain of mental confusion, weight gain, and poor muscle tone. By not having bio-identical hormone therapy, the deficiency or imbalance of testosterone can lead to muscle atrophy, osteopenia, osteoporosis and pain in the muscles and joints.
Do any of these symptoms apply to you?
- Decline in Sense of Well Being
- Depressive Mood
- Foggy Thinking/Lacking Sharpness
- Fatigued/Decreased Energy
- Difficulty Losing Excess Fat
- Muscular and Joint Pain
- Decrease in Muscular Strength
- Hot Flashes/Night Sweats
- Decrease in Sexual Desire/Libido
- Sleeping Problems
- Vaginal Dryness
- Urinary Incontinence
- Difficulty Handling Stress
- Dry Skin and Hair/Wrinkles
The Controversy Over the Safety of Synthetic Hormones
Premarin and Prempro, the top selling synthetic hormone replacement drugs, were inaccurately reported to significantly increase the risk of cancer and heart disease in a 2002 study called the Women’s Health Initiative. This was a faulty conclusion made from poor interpretation of the data, which led to widespread concerns about it’s use among women that would have benefited from treatment. Within a few years, the total sales of Premarin was reduced by 50%. However, the data was reexamined by a large group of various specialists in July of 2012. This group of 15 medical societies issued a consensus public statement stating overall that synthetic hormone replacement therapy is safe, effective, and often the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks.
Having said that, the bioidentical hormone pellets that we use are derived from plant based sources, that do not carry the inherent risks that possibly could be present with synthetic hormones. Furthermore, our delivery method of the hormones via pellet insertion under the skin avoids the liver metabolism that occurs with oral forms. Potential serious adverse effects that could occur would do so only after metabolism by the liver, which our method avoids. Dr. Kent Holtorf recently published a peer reviewed medical article of 196 research studies and concluded that bioidentical hormones do not have the negative side effects of synthetic chemical hormones and in no way relate to the conclusions reached by the WHI study.
Premarin (which stands for PREgnant MARe uRINe), is a synthetic hormone produced by chemically altering the equine estrogen hormone extracted from urine of a pregnant horse. This chemical hormone analog, is then put into pill form and given to humans with the intention of replenishing the hormones that have decreased during menopause. The unfortunate truth is that this method of treatment for menopause is still the current “standard” of conventional medicine, when a far superior method of delivery readily exists–pellet insertions. The bottom line is that there are absolutely no medically sound reasons that a horse hormone should be given to a human when the exact biologically identical hormone is available, which we provide with our bioidentical hormone pellets.
Biological Identical Hormones
Bioidentical hormones used by Utah Stem Cells physicians are identical to the hormones that are produced by human endocrine glands in structure and function. Thus, your body recognizes these hormones as if it produced them itself. The body utilizes the bioidentical hormones and its own endogenous hormones in exactly the same way. Bioidentical hormones from a compounding pharmacy are not mass produced, so they can be customized to meet the specific needs of the individual patient. Utah Stem Cells’s physicians can easily fine tune the dosing regimen to optimize the clinical effects, along with the hormone blood levels, which improves the patient’s response.
The raw materials used to manufacture our hormone pellets are approved by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). The original source material is also certified and they are purchased only from manufacturers that provide approved 3rd party certificates of analysis that verifies the sterility, potency, and that the sample is free of toxins. The FDA has approved the use of these USP approved raw materials for compounding prescriptions. Bioidentical hormones have been proven to be safe and effective