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Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe
Can be, depends: Hormones are powerful things! they should be prescribed by licensed practioners acting within their scope of practice! they can be helpful for hot flashes, painful sex, night sweats, and bone health. Risks: blood clots, stroke, heart attacks. This is a personal decision between you and your doctor with a specific plan for results and followup. Fda approved=bioidentical! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Usually done to provide the hormones that would be deficient upon surgical removal or inactivity or malfunction of a hormone producing gland or organ. The endocrinologist is the medical specialist that specializes amongst other things , in doing just that. Insulin/glucagon-pancreas, thyroid hormone-thyroid, ovaries, testicles, hypothalamus, ...Read more
Bioidenticals: Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (bhrt) has gained popularity as a strategy for keeping hormones balanced beyond the body's ability to supply us. Bioidentical hormones are different from synthetic hormones because they are derived from sources such as soy and yams, that are naturally occurring. These hormones have the same chemical structure as the hormones produces by our bodies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Replace hormones: Hormones play an integral role in our health and wellbeing. For various reasons, some hormones may decrease which results in predictable signs and symptoms. Blood testing can detect deficient or insufficient levels of many important hormones. Replacement therapy is used to increase the levels of these hormones to healthy levels. There are risks and benefits to this therapy. Speak with your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Replenishing: There are two answers to this question. #1 Hormone Replacement Therapy, which traditionally has been associated with giving women estradiol and or progestin. #2 personally we use Natural Hormone Therapy, which consists of evaluating one's hormones, many times with saliva testing, and treating with Bioidentical hormones once we have identified the deficiencies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gahgweu ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which is better for hormone replacement therapy: prempro or combipatch (estradiol and norethindrone)?
Prefer Combipatch (estradiol and norethindrone): Most importantly because it is a patch vs a pill, sometimes for an individual though, one may be better tolerated that the other and one may be more effective than the other. All things being equal, topical therapy is preferable for relief of menopause symptoms. However, Prempro (conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone) is probably more protective for osteoporosis ...Read more
Is testosterone treatment for aging men comparable for hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women?
Yes: Having been in this situation, i can tell you that balancing out hormones in men is just as important as doing so for women. Men lose their sex drive, become Insulin resistant, lose their vitality. I'll post a page later that describes my own personal treatment success. I feel great at almost 52 years of age. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Simple treatment: Years ago we found that once daily thyroid hormone supplements could help those with a low functioning or nonfunctioning thyroid gland. The expected dose for age/size is prescribed and the effect is monitored by simple blood tests.Occasional increases or decreases in the daily dose is made if blood tests show the need. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Hormone replacement (hrt) should be given to all women unless they have significant contraindications. Unfortunately the medical sentiment has changed against hrt over the last decade. It is coming back but physicians are still very reluctant. Many benefits and few risks if done in non-oral fashion. Especially very important if the hysterectomy was done before age 50. Don't wait seek hrt. ...Read more
Depends: Hormone replacement (HRT) is currently only indicated for post menopausal women who are having severe symptoms such as hot flashes, trouble sleeping, and should be used for a short amount of time (few years). There are a lot of alternative doctors who push the idea of "bioidentical hormones" even for women before menopause. There are no good studies to support this usage. ...Read more
Evidence isn't clear: Prior to women's health initiative, observation studies suggested that every woman should receive hormone replacement therapy at menopause. After whi, we said every woman should not receive any no matter how bad she felt. After a decade, we're beginning to see that whi only applies to asymptomatic women who started hrt 10yrs after menopause. But it's not absolutely clear regarding menopausal women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That depends: While there is still significant disagreement in the scientific community, the negative estrogen press over the past few years was really about a specific patient population and a specific estrogen-progesteron medication. It does not apply to all estrogens, and all patient populations. Make sure your physician is studying the medical journals and not usa today for their medical information. ...Read more
Similar: The idea of bioidentical hormones is to give patients the same hormone their body produces without synthetic or chemical alteration. Estradiol (made by the ovary) if delivered through the skin is not altered by the liver & is therefore, bioidentical. Prometrium (micronized progesterone) (progesterone) is bioidentical whereas Provera (chemically altered progesterone) is not. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes, an option: There are many things you can do to avoid osteoporosis. Things you can't change: your family history, race, aging. Things you can change: get adequate calcium: 1500 mg per day, vit d 2000 iu per day, physical activity: 150 minutes per week (or 50 jumps per day), have normal tsh, get regular screening, and know your personal risk factors. Have a frax score done to help you decide what to do. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a replacement drug for prescription estratest (esterified estrogens and methylestosterone)?
Yes: Generic equivalents include Covaryx and EEMT. There are alsomany compounded creams, gels, sprays, etc. Compounded drugs are made by a local compounding pharmacy based on a prescription written by your doctor. The advantage is that your doctor can adjust the dose and ratio to your unique needs since one or two sizes do not fit all women. Best wishes ...Read more
Almost never.: I do not dso this and I have never seen it done, although some "shaman" may do this! not necessary, really. ...Read more
Yes: Absolutely one could use bioequivalent ie natural hormone replacement for menopause. I especially recommend it to patients whos are very sensitive to synthetic hormone replacement therapy. There are quite a few compounding pharmacies that can help one obtain these types of hormones for treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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