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I'm taking bioidentical hormones due to menapause and would like to do the hCG diet protocol to lose some weight, can I do both at the same time?

I'm taking bioidentical hormones due to menapause and would like to do the hCG diet protocol to lose some weight, can I do both at the same time?

HCG: I am curious why a 36 year old would be on bioidentical hormones unless you had a surgical menopause. That being said, I have combined HCG with bioidenticals for my patients and they work fine together as the HCG is only around for 40 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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What is the difference between bioidentical hormones and natural hormones?

What is the difference between bioidentical hormones and natural hormones?

One if the same: Bio-identical hormones are identical to the hormones that are made by the human body. The term "bio-identical" does not indicate the SOURCE but rather refers to the CHEMICAL STRUCTURE. The term is used interchangeably with NATURAL as in "found in nature". Ironically, naturally occurring substances cannot be patented so, the pharmaceutical industry chemically altered them in order to get a patent. ...Read more

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Dr. Should I be taking these bioidentical hormones? 200mgprogesterone &50mg dhea daily. Im 44 will this bring on menapause? Are they a waste of time?D

Dr. Should I be taking these bioidentical hormones? 200mgprogesterone &50mg dhea daily. Im 44 will this bring on menapause? Are they a waste of time?D

Discuss options: It would be inappropriate for us to tell someone whether or not to take specific medications without knowing more about you and why these medications were prescribed. If you are not satisfied with your current treatment plan schedule a visit with your doctor or seek a second opinion. You could also schedule a Virtual visit on Healthtap now. ...Read more

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How can bioidentical hormones and herbs be used together to improve health?

As an adjunct: Not all women experience severe, debilitating menopausal symptoms. Herbs used by women, like maca, P. mirifica, black cohosh, + vitex are phytohormones which are adaptogenic, meaning, they act as natural SERMS, helping the body adapt to its current hormone levels. If the patient does not want hormones, these may be enough to quell mild symptoms. BI hormone is the preferred rx for replacement. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of bioidentical hormones?

What are the side effects of bioidentical hormones?

Less than HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. They have less side effects and are more effective than non-bioidentical hormones. However, if the dose is too high or too low, or the hormones are prescribed the wrong way, then the side effects can be the same as non-bioidentical hormones. ...Read more

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Are there bioidentical hormones of testosterone?

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Are there bioidentical hormones of testosterone?

Yes & no . . .: Depends upon what you're asking. While "bio-identical" is not a scientifically recognized phrase, concept makes sense: take things that are identical to what body produces. However, there are many commonly used medications that are not "bio-identical" so that really shouldn't be your guiding principle. Instead, ask about alternatives & what you hope to achieve. Re T, shots, patches & creams r good ...Read more

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Is synthetic testosterone one of the bioidentical hormones?

Is synthetic testosterone one of the bioidentical hormones?

Yes but who cares?: This idea of taking "bio-identical" hormones is getting out of hand. While the concept is cute, it's not a recognized term. There are many good medications that are not bio-identical. Are there safer vs more harmful forms of T? Absolutely! Avoid oral T like the plague b/c liver risk. But whether you use cream, gel, patch or shot is up to you & your doc. Be sure to get labs monitored regularly. ...Read more

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What bioidentical hormones are in birth control pills?

What bioidentical hormones are in birth control pills?

Estradiol Valerate: Presently, there are no BI contraceptive pills available in the US. Bayer Schering has developed and submitted QLAIRA® (estradiol valerate/dienogest) to the FDA as a "natural" contraceptive and the first in a "New Class" of OCPs. It is patent pending. Qlaira® delivers 17?-estradiol (E2) plus dienogest (DNG) in a 26/2 regimen. It is available in the UK, is well-tolerated + with good reviews. ...Read more

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What are bioidentical hormones?

What are bioidentical hormones?

Natural HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


Dr. Michael Sinclair
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Bioidentical Hormones (Definition)

Bioidentical hormones are generally made from yams or soy and converted in a lab to the exact molecular structure of our own human hormones so they function in our bodies as ...Read more