Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Explained

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement (BHRT) provides a natural way to bolster hormone levels to enhance body functions and promote optimum health and well-being. The keystone of BHRT is using hormones that are chemically identical to the ones naturally produced by the human body to create a normal, healthy hormone balance. We carefully measure and monitor your specific hormone level to insure the right combination of hormones are present for ideal health.

Hormone replacement can be done through several methods, however the most effective treatment involves tic-tac sized pellets implanted under the skin. Improper hormone balance can cause (and be caused by) a number of health problems.

 

What are hormones?

Hormones are complex chemicals secreted by the endocrine glands that stimulate or inhibit the actions of cells throughout your body. They are vital for repairing and regulating the functions of your body.

The pituitary gland is the CEO of endocrine system. It secretes a growth hormone (HGH), and controls the hormones of other hormone secreting glands, such as TSH for thyroid hormone regulation, ACTH for adrenal hormones, and FSH/LH for ovaries and testicles. Other glands included in the endocrine system include:

  • Thyroid gland
  • Adrenal glands
  • Ovaries in women
  • Testicles in men

 

What are the sex hormones and their functions?

The sex hormones are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Both men and women have all three at different levels. Estrogen and progesterone are the dominant hormones in women and testosterone is the dominant hormone for men.

 

What is the role estrogen?

Estrogen is a growth hormone. It makes the lining of uterus grow, breast tissue grow, and keeps the vagina moisturized.

 

Estrogen also functions to:

  • Prevent bone destruction, which prevents osteoporosis.
  • Protect the cardiovascular system and reduce blood pressure by relaxing the lining of blood vessels and preventing plaque formation.
  • Reduce the incidence of diabetes and protect insulin sensitivity through lower insulin levels.
  • Protect nerve cells and brain function, which helps memory, improves learning abilities, and provides a higher quality of sleep.
  • Work as an anti-depressant by increasing serotonin levels.

 

What is the role of progesterone?

 

Progesterone is made in the ovaries after ovulation. It keeps estrogen in check by preventing the overgrowth of endometrium, which protects against fibrocystic disease. It also acts as a natural anti-depressant, promotes a normal sleep pattern, and plays several roles in cardiovascular protection. Other functions of progesterone include:

  • Prevents bone loss
  • Increases the body’s use of fat
  • Is a natural diuretic

 

What is the role of testosterone?

Testosterone promotes muscle strength and exercise endurance. It improves libido, increases energy level, increases bone density, and increases body hair and male characteristics. It also protects the cardiovascular system, reduces breast cancer, and promotes quality sleep.

 

How do hormones work and why are they important?

Hormones are chemical messengers secreted from the endocrine glands into the blood stream. They enter and deliver messages to the cells throughout your body. Within the cells, they regulate DNA and RNA production, the synthesis of cell proteins, production of enzymes, and stimulate the cell’s energy producing center (mitochondria).

Hormones regulate your body’s response to stress, blood sugar levels, menstruation, kidney function, and sexual functions.

However, as you age your hormone production level decreases, which reduces the functioning capacity of all your body systems. This hormone imbalance has a significant impact on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

 

Other factors that affect hormone production include:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Lack of exercise
  • Chronic stress
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Malnutrition
  • Sleep disorders
  • Lack of sunlight
  • Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications