Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

About Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

What are bio-identical hormones?

Bio-identical hormones is medical term for what are considered to be “natural,” versus synthetic, hormones. This means that bio-identical hormones are derived from plant sources, such as soy beans or yams.The phytoestrogens found in these plant sources are converted by enzymatic processes in a laboratory to the hormones identical to the ones produced by the body. Our bodies do not contain the enzymes required to convert the phytoestrogens to bio-identical hormones, so if one ingested the plant, there would be no effect because the body could not convert it to hormones.

What is bio-identical hormone replacement?

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (also called natural hormone replacement therapy) is the replacement of hormones that are normally produced by the body with hormones that are biologically identical in chemical structure and function. Only hormones which exactly match those produced by the body will have the same effects. Commercially available synthetic hormones, such as conjugated pregnant mare urine, do not produce the same desirable effects as the body’s own hormones, and may produce increased negative side effects and risks. Bio-identical hormone replacement is available in a variety of dosage forms including capsules, topical creams, vaginal creams, suppositories, injections, and more.

How are bio-identical hormones used?

Bio-identical sex hormones such as progesterone, testosterone, estrone, estradiol, and estriol are used in premenstrual syndrome, perimenopause, and post-menopause in women to lessen the effects of the declines that these hormones experience in the mature years of life.

Progessive Laboratories naturally derived, plant-based progesterone and estrogen creams and male supplements are available after evaluation and consultation.