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Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement|
Osteoporosis, heart disease, endometriosis, PMS, premenopausal symptoms, weight gain, low libido, and fibrocystic breasts...most women will experience these or other hormone related problems. Today, millions of women concerned about the effects of aging, or hysterectomy, must decide whether or not to undergo synthetic hormone replacement therapy and suffer its side effects and increased risks of cancer. As we consider the benefit to risk ratio, we must take into account new evidence and ongoing research about alternatives to traditional therapy.
Bio-Identical hormones have the same chemical structure as hormones that are made by the human body. The term "bio-identical" does not indicate the source of the hormone, but rather indicates that the chemical structure of the replacement hormon is identical to that of the hormone naturally found in the human body. In order for a replacement hormone to fully replicate the function of hormones which were originally naturally produced and present in the human body, the chemical structure must exactly match the original. Bio-identical hormones are able to follow normal metabolic pathways so that essential active metabolites are formed in response to hormone replacement therapy.
Today's women prefer natural hormones. In a survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,009 women aged 40 and older, 83% said they would prefer to use hormones that are similar to their own body's hormones. Bio-identical hormones include estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), estriol (E3), progesterone, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and pregnenolone.
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