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Although synthetic and natural hormone replacement therapies (HRT) both aim to help women and men find relief during the transitional years of menopause and andropause, the two methods are vastly different in terms of their safety and efficacy.
What does "bioidentical" mean?
The term "bioidentical hormones" refers to hormones that are molecularly identical to those produced by the human body. Chemical substances derived from plant tissues are scientifically engineered in laboratories to precisely match natural human hormones. The hormones are then compounded into creams, gels, pills, and pellets to promote simple and effective hormone delivery.
How are synthetic hormones different?
Conventional (synthetic) hormones do not structurally match the hormones produced by the human body. Conventional hormones contain tiny molecular differences that causes the body to recognizes them as foreign substances. For this reason, synthetic estrogen-replacement drugs increase the risk of several potentially fatal diseases, especially when combined with progestin, the synthetic form of progesterone.
In 2002, a large-scale study known as the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) revealed that postmenopausal women who used a combination of synthetic estrogen and progestin had a higher risk of breast cancer, coronary artery disease, stroke, and blood clots. In response to this alarming news, many doctors immediately recommended that patients stop synthetic HRT. The following year, statistics revealed that breast cancer rates overall dropped about 7 percent and estrogen-sensitive breast cancers (which are more likely to occur when estrogen levels are high) among women ages 50 to 69 fell 12 percent.
The BodyLogicMD Difference
When it comes to treating symptoms of hormonal imbalance, BodyLogicMD affiliated practitioners only use natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). The highly trained practitioners of the BodyLogicMD network have helped tens of thousands of women and men find relief from hormonal imbalances such as menopause, andropause (low testosterone in men occurring at middle-age), adrenal fatigue, and thyroid disorders, through customized treatment plans that may include a combination of advanced therapies and lifestyle strategies, including bioidentical hormone therapy, nutritional guidance, and targeted supplement regimens.