What is Bioidentical?
Bioidentical is a compound word that means: bio is defined as life; living organism and identical is alike in every way; the same. Put the two together and it means anything that is composed of the same type of substance of a living organism. The usage of the word bioidentical in this modern day is in reference to a natural hormone that has the identical cellular structure of the 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 replace hormones?
Food, vitamins and water that is given to the human body is changed to chemical compositions which are called hormones. Hormones are carried by the blood to other areas of the body where they are used for various functions such as the tone of your muscles, levels of energy, etc.
After turning 35 years old, the production of hormones lessens each year. There are nearly 40 different hormones that are produced and utilized for different functions in the human body.
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 hormones? NO!!
Do Hormones Have Anything 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 main ingredients used in bioidentical hormones are made from either soy or yam, then altered naturally in a lab to match human hormones exactly. The synthetic progesterone is made from the urine of horses and the prescription is for a daily dose, while the body only naturally makes progesterone only 15 days each month. Synthetic progesterone creates side effects such as retaining water, gaining weight, produces migraine headaches, raises the bad cholesterol and other body situations.
Symptoms such as breast tenderness, vaginal bleeding, loss of memory, bloating, hot flashes and a myriad of other situations decrease with the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The bioidentical progesterone helps to improve the mood, have less irritability, a diminishing of digestive problem and flatulence plus other helpful benefits.
Synthetic progesterone hormones create unhappy women, a lessened quality of life, higher levels of bad cholesterol that can lead to coronary problems, a loss of memory and less bone density. On the other hand, bioidentical progesterone creates the opposite because it is compatible with the human body thus it makes for a happier, healthier life.
Why is there a higher risk of cancer problems during menopause?
As the hormonal imbalance starts to occur in a womens body, estrone levels become way too high which are cancer causing and there is too little progesterone in the body, which is cancer protective. When we replace hormones in women we balance the ratios of various estrogens and progesterone naturally. This improves the overall quality of life and we get stronger and happier women.