Bio Identical Hormones or Synthetic Hormones: What's the Big Difference?

Posted by Dr. Richard Brandon

Mon, Nov 30, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Bio Identical Hormones or Synthetic Hormones: What's the Big Difference?Medical science is turning to hormone therapy for chronic symptoms of menopause, weight gain, and fatigue more and more frequently today. Hormones fluctuate not just during menopause, but also in the years that lead up to that time, or perimenopause. The imbalance in hormones during this time can heighten hot flashes, mood changes, food cravings, lack of libido, physical stamina, and many other symptoms associated with menopause.

When physicians test hormone levels and find an imbalance, they often recommend Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Before beginning HRT, however, it’s best to determine the right kind of hormone replacement regimen and to be aware of potential side effects.

So, should you choose traditional synthetic or bio identical hormone replacement therapy?

Of course, your physician’s opinion will weigh heavily on your decision, but the best advocate for your health is you. Before you take any medicines or therapies, take a look at your options. Both bio identical and traditional synthetic hormones may provide relief from conditions you may have once thought were chronic, including fatigue, weight gain, and many other conditions. However, it is important that you know the differences between these hormone replacement therapy options so that you can choose the one that bears the fewest possible side effects and offers the most natural balance.

BHRT: Nature’s Own Medicine

Today’s consumers are much more demanding of natural and alternative medicines. These medicines, once considered to be so far from the mainstream, are now becoming more of the norm for doctors and their patients. Bio-identical hormones are appreciated for their natural properties and the very often positive outcomes when used to treat hormonal imbalances.

Bio identical hormones contain the same molecular structure as the hormones your own body produces. This is important, because your cellular chemistry easily recognizes these substances as being natural versus the differing chemical structure of traditional synthetics. In other words, your body easily incorporates these bio identical hormones as naturally occurring as compared to altered synthetic reproductions. This means the hormones are more easily assimilated into your system, and your natural rhythm is returned.

Synthetics May Cause Dangerous and Uncomfortable Side Effects

Although any hormone replacement therapy may produce side effects, bio identical hormones are associated with fewer side effects than traditional synthetic alternatives. Traditional synthetic hormones have differing effects on cellular receptors, so effects and side effects may differ from bio identical alternatives. These issues may also make it difficult to achieve the correct hormonal balance you are seeking. Traditional synthetic hormones have been associated with higher risks of blood clots and cardiovascular issues, including heart attacks and strokes

BHRT: Positive Results at a Faster Rate

Many BHRT patients experience symptoms lessening noticeably right away. Oftentimes night sweats and hot flashes are quickly resolved; insomnia is corrected and energy levels return. With BHRT weight gain due to a hormonal imbalance may completely disappear, and you may find that you start sleeping again and that you aren’t living in your own personal hot flash-induced sauna any longer.

If you or someone you know suffers from hormone imbalance symptoms, there is help available in the form of naturally occurring bio identical hormones. Choose natural relief without the synthetic risks. Choose natural BHRT and regain your hormonal balance.

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