I have been enjoying the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for over 4 years now. I can honestly say that this protocol opened the door to a whole new life for me. But so many people actually don’t know what BHRT is and how it differs from the old fashioned medical version which uses pharmaceutical drugs.
First of all, bioidentical hormones are made in a lab from plants, and they are comprised of molecules that are the same as the endogenous hormones made in a person’s body.
Bioidentical hormones are not exactly the same as our own bodies make, but the molecules are “identical” and that is why they are given the name bioidentical hormones. We will also hear people refer to the bioidentical hormones as natural hormones.
Some women are afraid of taking hormones, and some doctors advise you not to. In fact when I walked into my regular check up with my gynecologist I brought him some books to read about the new protocol I was following, because I knew he would hit the roof when I shared with him exactly what I was doing. First thing he noticed was that everything in my exam was perfectly normal. Will wonders never cease! Something natural offering optimal results.
The reason medical doctors get nervous today is because they remember the news that came out surrounding the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). This was a government sponsored study that ended up with overly emphasized negative results released in May 2002, which therefore caused women and doctors to discontinue the use of hormone replacement therapy. This was never prescribed for me so fortunately I never did that!
Many experts believe that this initiative was not monitored properly and was also incompetently analyzed. The report was done with synthetic drugs with hormone-like effects, PremPro and Premarin, the drugs most commonly used at the time were donated by the pharmaceutical company that had sold them since 1942. They were, of course, hoping that the drugs would be found safe and effective, but this backfired on them and the rest is history. There are still doctors out there prescribing these drugs or their newer incarnations, just like all the rest of the drugs the pharmaceutical industry “pushes” on them and also through TV advertisments for us to push on the doctors, as well!
Both men and women can take bioidentical hormones in several ways which includes compunded capsules done to the precribers specifications, gels, drops under the tongue, or via topical creams which is what I do.
There are various approaches to the dosing and blood levels and these have all been clumped together as ‘natural,’ but the reality is that none of them are actually natural because they may be bioidentical but they are not bio-mimetic. In other words they don’t mimic the rhythm that your body can recognizes as natural in you.
After experimenting with many forms of so called bioidentical hormones, some of which were over the counter in cream form, I ultimately found a doctor that Suzanne Somer’s recommended in one of her books. He switiched me to a compounded projesterone capsule and tested me, not with blood analysis but with an energy testing method. I went on for years thinking that I was truly doing bioidentical hormones even though my period had stopped and I was fully into post-menopause. It didn’t dawn on me then that taking a capsule orally would not be very efficient as stomach acids, etc., interfere with its up take.