Bioidentical hormones are those that are very similar to the hormones produced within the human body but are man-made. These man-made hormones are used to treat men and women suffering from low, weak or out of balance hormones due to aging.
Hormones are natural chemicals secreted by endocrine glands under which there several glands that are part of it. The role of hormones is carrying messages that instruct different parts of the body how and when to work. Hormones take control over all the functioning done by the body. Several tasks done by hormones include sex, brain function, the breakdown of nutrients from food and growth.
Imbalance in hormones causes several symptoms to appear and weaken the functioning of an aging body. Some forms of bioidentical hormones are produced by drug companies and are made available through prescription provided by the doctor. In some cases, doctors pre-order the pharmacist to create customized bioidentical hormones according to the needs of the patient. The process involved in this is known as compounding.
The main objective of bioidentical hormones is to get the body performing at its optimum level through revitalizing and rejuvenating the hormones, minerals, and vitamin levels by using bioidentical hormones and supplements. This helps in fatigue, weight loss, low libido, hot flashes, mood swings, adrenal fatigue, night sweats, depression, and anxiety. With the help of a proper diet and exercise routine during the therapy period, chances of feeling and functioning better increases. They are often advertised as a safer, natural, more effective, and an alternative to conventional hormonal therapy. However, there is opposition regarding such claims as they largely remain undocumented and is not supported by any well-designed study or research.
Is bioidentical hormone therapy safe?
Bioidentical hormones main purpose is to be similar to the chemical structure present in the body, molecule for molecule. So, during bioidentical hormone therapy nothing new is added to the body, instead, it just replenishes what is lacking or weak in the body. So, it is safe to say that the therapy causes no harm.
Is it safe to stop bioidentical hormone therapy?
Bioidentical hormone therapy patient can usually choose to stop it at any point without causing any harm or reaction to the body. But, there are chances that once the therapy is stopped the functioning and working of the patient’s body might return to its pre-therapy state.
Why do doctors prefer synthetic hormones when bioidentical is considered to be safe?
Several factors come into play why the doctors choose synthetic hormones over bioidentical ones. The pharmaceutical giants, the political class, and economics play a major role in explaining doctors’ inhibition for the latter. It is easier for pharmaceutical companies to patent synthetic hormones while patenting for bioidentical hormones is beyond the scope of pharmaceutical companies.
Moreover, the companies are able to make large sums of profit on synthetic hormones as compared to the natural ones. There is very little interest shown by the governments or pharmaceutical companies towards research and marketing of bioidentical hormones, whereas manufacturers have an exclusive right on synthetic hormones through patents.
Physicians or doctors are mainly aware of synthetic hormones through the promotional work done by the pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical companies cannot manufacture bioidentical hormones, thus, they remain mostly unaware of them until they do personal research.