We are born into this world with a pre-programmed hormonal system that is in full operation. But as we leave our reproductive years behind, we lose vital hormonal properties that make us who, and what we are and greatly impact our health, sense of well being, and quality of life. Life expectancy is well into our eighth decade of life, and in essence, many of us are entering that phase without the hormonal properties that we began with. Enter bioidentical hormones.
In your search for the relief from the symptoms of menopause, you may have heard about natural or bioidentical hormone therapy. You may be wondering whether these therapies are safe and effective. Here are some things to think about when considering this option in hormone therapy. When something is “bioidentical, ” it is structurally identical to the naturally occurring substance in your body. Most bioidentical estrogens and progesterone come from soy (estrogen) or yams (progesterone). Once the hormones are extracted from the plant source, they are processed to be used by a woman’s body and are available by prescription in pills, patches or a gel, as well as compounded formulations. These products are not the same as herbal compounds, such as black cohosh, or other remedies marketed as “natural” remedies.
We are in a unique position to make choices about how we will approach our “second half” of life. If you are interested in bioidentical hormone therapy, there are several options available to you. Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to help tailor an individualized plan. At Rancho Wellness we truly care about you feeling your best.