Bioidentical hormones are designed to be chemically identical to hormones in your body. They’re made from plant or animal sources (like soy or yams), instead of an artificial creation from a lab. Researchers believe that because bioidentical hormones are identical to the hormones you already have in your body, they’re going to work more efficiently than traditional hormone replacement therapy treatments.
If you have started menopause, bioidentical hormones will replace the estrogen — and progesterone, if need be — that your body is lacking. Because your hormone levels will stabilize with bioidentical hormone treatment, the unbearable effects of menopause should subside. Bioidentical hormones can help with:
In general, if you haven’t yet had a hysterectomy and still have a uterus, you will need to take progesterone along with your estrogen bioidentical hormone treatment. Otherwise, your risk of developing uterine cancer drastically increases. If you no longer have your uterus, it’s unlikely that you need to take progesterone.
Ideally, you’ll schedule annual visits — or more often, depending on your health — at the first sign of perimenopause. This is the stage in your life leading up to menopause, when your periods stop altogether. During perimenopause, your period may come every 2-4 months for several years, although some women report menstruating monthly up until menopause fully kicks in.
Dr. K can help you with uncomfortable hot flashes and symptoms that occur during perimenopause and all the way through menopause. You’ll also need to talk with him about birth control. While it’s more difficult to get pregnant during perimenopause, it can still happen, so you need to plan accordingly.
Dr. K will evaluate all of your symptoms and give you a few options for bioidentical hormone therapy treatment. Bioidentical hormones come in multiple formularies and dosages, so it just depends on your needs. You can get bioidentical hormones through: