The molecule of a “bioidentical” hormone is just that. It has the same chemical structure to the hormone found naturally in the body. Synthetic hormones on the other hand are synthesized in a lab and have similar structures however they are not identical to that which the body makes naturally. The terms can be confusing as bioidentical hormones are also synthesized but from natural sources like yams or soy. The important distinction is whether or not the body recognizes the hormone as its own (as with bioidentical hormones) or foreign (as with synthetic hormones).
It is important to remember that although some synthetic hormones have similar names and functions as their bioidentical hormone counterpart (synthetic: Provera/Medroxyprogesterone vs. bioidentical: Progesterone), they are indeed entirely different. A multitude of studies have demonstrated many harmful effects of synthetic hormones whereas the medical literature and the passage of time supports no harmful effects of natural/bioidentical hormones.
Why Haven’t I Heard About Bioidentical Hormones?
Many patients inquire as to why more physicians do not prescribe bioidentical hormones? The explanation involves the powerful and influential pharmaceutical industry in America, good old fashioned politics, and economics. Pharmaceutical companies cannot patent natural or bioidentical compounds.
Most of the bioidentical hormones are available through a compounding pharmacy. These are regular licensed pharmacies that are capable of providing you with any drug from pharmaceutical companies, they are also capable of acquiring the pure pharmaceutical grade hormone and compounding it into the dose and form that the ordering physician prefers for each individual patient. There are also a handful of bioidentical hormones that are commercially produced and available at your local pharmacy. These drugs, whether in pill or cream form, requires the patient to remember to apply or take daily in order to maintain hormone levels and benefit from the replacement therapy.
Prestige Medical Rejuvenation Center is a certified bio Te practice that offers a patient centric approach to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Darin Jackson works with each patient to first identify, through lab tests, if the patient is a candidate for bioidentical hormone pellet therapy. If so, Dr. Jackson and the patient work together to establish and maintain the bioidentical hormone dose that is most effective with the patient’s activity level and lifestyle. The dose is administered three to four times per year and the patient does not have to take a pill or apply a cream in order to maintain appropriate hormone levels.
Can I Get Hormones From Supplements In Health Food Stores?
There are several natural options from plant and herb sources in health food stores. However, the food/nutrition store products typically are of a dose that is so low that it doesn’t require a prescription nor will it produce the wanted effect in the body. The products from the compounding pharmacy require a prescription and are of pure pharmaceutical grade.
How Do I Get Started On Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Call Prestige Medical Rejuvenation Center today to see if you are a good candidate for our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy program. (402) 334-5433