Bioidentical hormones seem to be the preferable hormone replacement therapy prescribed by doctors as an alternative to traditional therapies which carry an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and breast cancer. However, there are some very big myths and misconceptions surrounding this relatively new treatment for the symptoms of menopause.
1. Bioidentical Means Identical
Although the hormones that are synthesized in a lab and are identical on a molecular level as the one's produced by the human body, they are derived from plant matter and therefore are not entirely identical. There is a misconception that this is a designer therapy where cells from the body are used to synthesize the therapy which is false.
2. It Is Natural Therapy
All substances that are created from animal or plant based materials can be referred to as natural. This means that bioidentical hormones can be called natural as they are derived from plants (most commonly soy or yams). But then so can traditional hormone therapies from animal materials. In addition, although the hormones can be called natural, they are in fact man-made and synthesized in a lab.
3. Oral Vs. Topical Delivery
It is a myth that oral medication is a better delivery system for most types of drugs, therapies and treatments and result in better absorption. Topical deliveries which are applied directly to the skin are absorbed directly into the body, bypassing the liver. The liver can change the composition of medications. Bioidentical hormones that are delivered topically are therefore better absorbed into the body than those delivered orally.
It is a common misconception that more is better and that increasing a dosage of hormone replacement therapy will have better results at combating menopause symptoms. However, dosage needs to be carefully monitored and controlled as too much can have a variety of negative side effects. It is never a good idea to use hormone replacement therapy more often or in greater doses than prescribed by a medical doctor. If the medication is not having the desired effect, it is advisable to consult a doctor to increase the dosage or discuss other options.
5. There Are No Risks
Conventional hrt therapy oakland has been associated with the increased risk of heart disease, stroke and breast cancer. Bioidentical HRT on the other hand has not been linked to these risks. This does not however mean that these and other risks do not exist but rather that studies into the negative side effects have not been conducted in order to establish an association. It is therefore once again highly recommended to adhere to the dosage prescribed and allow a doctor to monitor the treatment, especially on a long term basis.
Hormone replacement therapy is normally prescribed to treat and manage the symptoms of menopause. The benefits of taking the medication should however be carefully be weighed against the serious risks that may be associated with these therapies. In most cases, HRT will only be prescribed where the symptoms are extreme or affect a woman's ability to function in every day life.