Is Your Client Right for Bio-Identical Hormones?

by Dr. Pearl Arjomand ND | Follow on Twitter

Do you have a middle-aged female patient struggling with stubborn menopausal symptoms? If so, read this.

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DO YOU HAVE a middle-aged woman struggling with hot flashes, insomnia, low sex drive or uncomfortable vaginal dryness?

Have you tried a number of therapies to help find relief but have not found sustainable improvements in her symptoms?

If so, you may want to consider bio-identical hormones.


As we age, our hormone production and metabolism changes. Between the ages of 40-55 there begins to be a natural decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone and these hormonal shifts often contribute to these unpleasant symptoms.

Bio-identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) is a safe and effective option that is now available through prescription from a Naturopathic doctor who is board-certified in pharmaceuticals to help you through this transition.

Do any of these signs and symptoms relate to you?  If so, hormone imbalance may be a contributing factor.

Bio-identical Hormones – What are they?

Bio-identical hormones refer to natural hormones that have a molecular chemical structure identical to that of the body’s own hormones.  This is very important since the structure of each hormone will define the reaction it has at the cellular level.  The identical molecular structure of these hormones allows a “key in lock” reaction causing a more natural and physiological effect from the body.  These natural hormones are most often extracted from plants such as soybeans or Mexican wild yam root

Benefits from using Bio-identical Hormones
vs. Synthetic Hormone Replacement

1. How they’re metabolized.

The body innately knows how to metabolize its own estrogen over a synthetic form. Natural estrogen is not only broken down and eliminated from the body much faster than its synthetic counter-part, but we also know now that the by-products from this metabolism are less harmful to the body.

2. Fewer side effects.

Natural hormones have fewer side effects than synthetic hormone replacement (HRT), especially in the case of progesterone.  Bio-identical progesterone balances the effects of estrogen in the breast tissue and, in some cases, is used to reduce breast cancer risk. Other benefits include reduction in anxiety, irritability, help with sleep, lower cholesterol and reduced water retention.

3. Individualized dosages.

Bio-identical hormones are compounded at your local pharmacy.  Therefore, your naturopathic doctor can create a customized dosing regimen and potency to fit your individual needs.  This allows us to adjust and taper dosages when necessary.

4.  No additives, preservatives or fillers.

Any drug that is patented contains preservatives, binders, fillers and dyes. Individualized compounded formulas are often free of these agents.

 

Would Bio-identical Hormone Therapy be good for you?

Bio-identical Hormone therapy (BHRT) can be very effective if you are suffering from hot flashes, vaginal dryness contributing to pain with intercourse, increased frequency of vaginal and urinary infections, insomnia and anxiety related to menopause.

BHRT is often considered an effective therapy when perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms are extreme.  There is evidence that BHRT may provide some benefit to women who are at mild risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is not a stand-alone therapy.

Our physiology depends on balanced hormones, neurotransmitters and chemical reactions to take place in order for proper functioning. The building blocks from all these reactions come from proper nutrition, optimal digestive function and a balanced lifestyle.

The naturopathic approach takes into account the whole person, addressing not only the hormonal component of our health, but also other essential tenants such as our nutrition, influences from our environment and mental/emotional aspects.

As naturopathic doctors, we will often combine hormonal support through the use of bio-identical hormones together with nutritional, herbal, dietary and lifestyle recommendations for a comprehensive treatment plan.

We will also work with you to support optimal functioning of different body systems such as the liver, digestion, nervous system and immune system.  This will allow treatments to be more effective and sustainable.

About the Author
Dr. Pearl Arjomand ND

Dr. Arjomand is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Markham, Ontario. Her practice focuses primarily on women’s health with issues ranging from hormonal imbalances that include menstrual concerns, fertility, menopause and thyroid conditions. Her practice integrates the use of herbs, bio-identical hormones, diet and nutritional therapies to support healthy hormone function. She is further trained in intravenous therapy to replenish deficiencies, promote healthy immune and adrenal function and to provide anti-aging support to her patients. You can read more health articles from Dr. Arjomand, ND at blog.naturopathicfoundations.ca, and www.pearl-naturopathy.com.