It’s important to ask questions before you embark on the journey of Natural Hormone Balancing. A number of commonly asked FAQs are listed below that will help you further understand the role of hormones and natural hormone replacement therapy.
How do I know it's my hormones?
Women may experience any of the following:
Hot flashes, night sweats, depression, anxiety, insomnia, pre-menstrual tension, acne, brittle hair, skin, and nails, weight gain, and fatigue.
Men may experience any of the following:
Erectile dysfunction, depression, loss of motivation, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, weight gain, fatigue, prostate enlargement., and fatigue.
What are hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted directly into the blood, which carries them to organs and tissues of the body to exert their functions. There are many types of hormones that act on different aspects of bodily functions and processes. Some of these include:
- Development and growth
- Metabolism of food items
- Sexual function and reproductive growth and health
- Cognitive function and mood
- Maintenance of body temperature and thirst
Where do hormones come from?
Hormones are secreted from the endocrine glands in the body. The glands are ductless, so hormones are secreted directly into the blood stream rather than by way of ducts. Some of the major endocrine glands in the body include:
- Pituitary gland
- Pineal gland
- Adrenal glands
These organs secrete hormone in microscopic amounts and it takes only very small amounts to bring about major changes in the body. Even a very slight excess of hormone secretion can lead to disease states, as can the slightest deficiency in a hormone.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical Hormones are compounds that are created from naturally occurring substances that are purified, combined and tested within a laboratory to mimic those produced within your body. Bioidentical Hormones are used to help treat hormonal imbalances that occur in both women and men. Commonly used Hormones include Estrogen’s, Progesterone’s, Testosterone, Thyroid, and others.
The bioidentical hormones used for compounding or the formulation of various forms (tablets, capsules, suppositories, creams, lozenges, etc.) come from plant sources such as soy or yam. They are processed so that the end result is absolutely no different than the human hormone. They do not need anything from the body such as certain enzymes to convert them to the actual hormone.
How are Bioidentical Hormones taken?
Bioidentical hormone therapy comes in a variety of strengths and formulations including creams, gels, ointments, patches, hormone pills, suppositories, and pellets that are all uniquely individualized for each patient’s needs.
What are the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy compared to traditional synthetic hormone replacement therapy?
Compared with traditional hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormone therapy is known to potentially be a safer, and more effective alternative form of treatment for hormone imbalance. One of the largest benefits of bioidenticals is consistently fewer side effects, which is one of the most common reasons patients discontinue traditional hormone replacement therapy.