UNDERSTANDING BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES
What are bio-identical hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are manufactured to have the same molecular structure as the hormones made by our own body. Synthetic hormones are intentionally different. Drug companies cannot patent a bio-identical structure, so they invent synthetic hormones that are patentable (Premarin, Prempro and Provera being the most widely used examples).
Although bio-identical hormones have been around for years, most practitioners are unfamiliar with them. There are several branded versions now available for use.
In creating a hormone replacement program, the greatest success occurs with an individualized approach. Laboratory tests of hormone levels are ordered. A precise dosage of bio-identical oestrogen, progesterone,testosterone,thyroid,pregnenolone or DHEA that is made up at a compounding pharmacy. Each patient is then monitored carefully through regular follow-up hormone panels to ensure symptom relief occurs at the lowest possible dosage.
Are bio-identical hormones better than synthetic hormones?
The great appeal of bio-identical hormones is that they are natural and biologically identical to the hormones made by our bodies. Thus our bodies can metabolize them as designed, minimizing side effects. Synthetic hormones are quite strong and often produce intolerable side effects. Compounded bio-identical hormones can be matched individually to each patient's needs — something less possible with mass-produced products.
Are bio-identical hormones safer than synthetics?
European medical studies suggest that yes, bio-identical hormones are safer than synthetic versions. But we must be cautious here, because they have not been well-studied, especially for long-term use. The WHI studies on the effectiveness and health risks of HRT were based on synthetic/equine-based hormones.
What can we learn from this workshop?
The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize the practitioner with the various hormones which are available in a bio-identical formulation. Oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, thyroid, melatonin, pregnenolone are all discussed. The actions of the hormones with benefits and side effects are discussed. At the end of the workshop, a practitioner should have a better understanding of this new and exciting field of medicine.
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