Hormone Replacement – Natural Hormones for Women & Men
What are Natural Hormones?
Natural hormones have the same chemical structure as hormones that are made by the human body. The key to natural versus synthetic is the molecular structure of the hormone. In order for a replacement hormone to fully replicate the function of hormones present in the human body, the chemical structure must exactly match the original.
Synthetic Hormones May Cause Side-Effects
Researchers have long held that there are significant differences between hormones that are natural to humans and synthetic (including animal derived) preparations. Structural differences that exist between synthetic or animal and human hormones may be responsible for side effects that are experienced when such hormones are used for replacement therapy.
Goals of Natural HRT in Women
Hormone replacement therapy is most often used to treat the symptoms of menopause in women. The diminished levels of certain hormones in post-menopausal women can cause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, insomnia, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, hair loss, and bone loss.
The goals of natural hormone replacement therapy are to:
• Alleviate the symptoms caused by the natural decrease in production of hormones by the body.
• Give the protective benefits which were originally provided by naturally occurring hormones.
• Re-establish a hormonal balance.
Every person is unique. Therefore, it is a sensible approach for health care professionals and patients to work together to customize hormone replacement therapy. Natural HRT can be compounded in the needed strength and dosage form and administered via the most appropriate route to meet each individual’s needs.
Andropause and Testosterone Replacement for Men
Men frequently experience declines in testosterone levels that correlate with the hormonal changes that women experience at menopause; however, men typically have slower and more subtle hormone decline, and develop symptoms over a period of time. When hormones are replaced or restored back to physiologic levels considered normal for younger males, men may experience a dramatic reversal of many of these changes.
Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life!
Possible risk of heart attacks and strokes are associated with testosterone use. Patients using testosterone should seek medical attention immediately if symptoms of a heart attack or stroke are present, such as:
• Chest pain
• Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
• Weakness in one part or one side of the body
• Slurred speech