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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The safer, more effective treatment of the menopause is known as bioidentical HRT.  Unlike conventional HRT which uses either non-bioidentical hormones derived from female horses or non-bioidentical hormones synthesized in a laboratory, bioidentical hormones have the exact molecular structure as hormones produced naturally by the body.  As such, because they are indistinguishable from self-made hormones, these bioidentically-structured hormones function identically to those naturally produced within the body. 

Because conventional HRT has been harming women for decades, it is understandable that both the medical community as well as women might be apprehensive about this 'different' and relatively new form of hormone replacement.  Nevertheless, it not only makes sense that supplementing with hormones that are molecularly identical to the body's own hormones would be safe, there is ample evidence suggesting this is in fact the case.

Bioidential progesterone, for example, decreases the risk of blood clots, protects against atherosclerosis (blockage of the arteries), and helps maintain healthy HDL (good) cholesterol levels.  Both bio identical progesterone and (topically-applied) estriol appear to be superior to conventional HRT in relieving menopause symptoms.  Further, as opposed to non-bioidentical (conventional) HRT, topically-applied, bioidentical estriol does not increase the rist of uterine cancer and bioidentical progesterone actually decreases the risk of breast cancer.

A 2000 study by Mayo Clinic researchers compared the use of non-bioidentical progestin with bioidentical progesterone in HRT.  Women much preferred the bioidentical progesterone.  80% of the participants expressed satisfaction with the natural progesterone formulation.  The beneficial effects included a 60% reduction in depression; a 50% reduction in anxiety; a 40% reduction in cognitive difficulties; a 30% reduction in insomnia; a 30% improvement in sexual function; and a 25% reduction in menstrual bleeding. 

The goal of bioidentical HRT is to replenish hormone levels equal to those of a woman aged 35-45.  This method of HRT restores the proper, delicate balance of the five main steroid hormones estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, pregnenolone, and DHEA to previously youthful levels.  Doing so helps bring back the wide range of both physical and psychological states of well being enjoyed by premenopausal  women.  The optimal time for women to begin monitoring their hormone levels is years prior to menopause.  It is at this early stage that deficiencies and imbalances can be most easily addressed.

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