Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can facilitate youthfulness from the inside out. Too often in medicine we overlook the importance of "natural" hormone replacement and emphasize synthetic medications. There are untold missed opportunities for improved health and well-being when bioidentical hormone replacement is tested for and prescribed by a formally trained provider. "This is perhaps the most life changing service we offer," Dr. Slack.

  • Did You Know?

    • Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced naturally within the body. The body does not distinguish between supplemental bioidentical hormones and the hormones produced within the body. As a result, bioidentical hormones are properly utilized, and are able to be naturally metabolized and excreted from the body.
    • Research on bioidentical progesterone has shown beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, including decreasing the risk of blood clots, protecting against atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and maintaining healthy HDL levels.
    • A review of the scientific literature suggests that bioidentical progesterone may be superior to non-bioidentical progesterone in treating menopausal symptoms. Bioidentical Estriol is highly effective in the treatment of menopausal symptoms.
    • Estriol has been shown to improve bone density, promote youthful skin, and enhance sexual and urinary health!
  • Some Advantages of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

    • Bioidentical Hormones Have Shown Lower Cancer and Cardiovascular Risk Than Non-Bioidentical Replacement

      "Physiological data and clinical outcomes demonstrate that bioidentical hormones are associated with lower risks, including the risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease, and are more efficacious than their animal-derived [non-bioidentical] counterparts. Until evidence is found to the contrary, bioidentical hormones remain the preferred method of HRT (hormone replacement therapy)." (Postgrad Med. 2009 Jan;121(1):73-85).

    • Bioidentical Estriol Promotes Youthful Skin

      One reason that facial skin "shrivels" as we age is that our natural hormone production markedly declines. To make matters worse, blood microcirculation to our skin is reduced as we grow older, thereby depriving our skin of the small amount of natural hormones our body still makes.  (J Cosmet Dermatol. 2006 Mar;5(1):3-8.)

      A large number of published scientific studies (see below) reveal that estrogen exerts potent anti-aging effects on the skin.   The topical application of natural estrogen can produce dramatic improvements to the skin without systemic absorption concerns.

      The deficiency of estrogen that characterizes menopause exacerbates the effects of both normal and environmentally-induced skin aging. According to the findings of a scientific study published in 2007,

      "Estrogens prevent skin aging. They increase skin thickness and improve skin moisture." Another recent study came to the same conclusion, i.e. "skin aging can be significantly delayed by the administration of estrogen."

      (Menopause Int. 2007 Jun;13(2):60-4.), (Clin Interv Aging. 2007;2(3):283-97.), (Exp Dermatol. 2002 Dec;11(6):487-502.), (Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2007 Feb;130(2):202-5.), (Int J Dermatol. 1996 Sep;35(9):669-74.), (Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1983 Nov 5;287(6402):1337-8.), (Arc Dermatol. 1997 Mar;133(3):339-42.), (Altern Med Rev. 1998 Apr;3(2):101-13.), (Maturitas. 1994 Nov;20(1):25-30.), (Climacteric. 2007 Aug;10(4):289-97)

    • Bioidentical Estriol Increases Bone Mineral Density

      (J Obstet Gynaecol Res. 1996 Jun;22(3):259-65.)

    • Bioidentical Estriol Enhances Sexual and Urinary Health

      (Menopause. 2004 Jan;11(1):49-56.)

    • Bioidentical progesterone can reduce blood clots

      In one study the group receiving bioidentical progesterone in combination with estrogen had a 30% decreased risk of blood clots, compared to women who never used hormones. The group of women who used non-bioidentical progestin in combination with estrogen had a startling 290% greater risk of blood clots, compared to the group who never used hormones.

Dr. Kent Holtorf, MD, a specialist in bioidentical hormone therapy and anti-aging medicine stated:

“A thorough review of the medical literature clearly supports the claim that bioidentical hormones have some distinctly different, often opposite, physiological effects to those of their synthetic [non-bioidentical counterpart] hormones. With respect to the risk for breast cancer, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke, substantial scientific and medical evidence demonstrates that bioidentical hormones are safer and more efficacious forms of HRT than commonly used synthetic versions.”

(Postgrad Med. 2009 Jan;121(1):73-85).

Given the preponderance of evidence, maturing women should feel confident that bioidentical hormone replacement, when appropriately prescribed by Imber’s expert providers, offers a safer and potentially even more effective alternative to conventional hormone replacement with non-bioidentical hormone drugs to help
relieve menopausal symptoms and optimize long-term health.

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Imber specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and offers a variety of bioidentical hormone modalities to meet each patient’s unique needs. The type and dose of hormone are customized for each patient based upon age, lab results, and symptoms.

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