Bio-Identical Hormones

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Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) can be used to boost low hormone levels, it is most frequently used for balancing symptoms of Perimenopause and Menopause, it can also be used to treat Adrenal and Thyroid disorders, Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia and Insulin resistance.

Many people believe that there is only one type of HRT where in fact there are two different types Bioidentical and Body Identical, who you research and what kind of research is available to you and the terminology makes it difficult to understand, this is why here we will explain more clearly your options.

Bio-Identical hormones have an identical chemical structure to the naturally occurring hormones which are produced in the body, they differ from synthetic hormones used in traditional HRT Premarin and Oestradel are both prescription medications used in hormone therapy, used to replace depleted estrogen and to help alleviate symptoms. The HRT usually prescribed by your GP uses synthetic hormones called Premarin which are derived from horse urine, there are some new options now which come from plants. Whereas BHRT uses Oestradiol which is derived from the diosgenin in Mexican Yams Synthetic hormones have a chemical structure that is similar to but not exactly the same as the hormones produced by the body BHRT is structurally identical to the hormones your own body produces because of this the body accepts them more efficiently and safely.

Bioidentical hormones can be very beneficial for patients who are suffering from symptoms caused by an imbalance in their hormones and are looking for treatment, BHRT can be used to treat any hormone-related conditions including 

PERIMENOPAUSE;  Perimenopause can be a rollercoaster of a ride as physical and emotional changes take place these can include Hot Flushes, Anxiety, Mood swings, Aching Joints, Brain Fog , Difficulty Sleeping and Irregular periods, Vaginal  Dryness, Soreness and Nerve Pain, this list is not extensive there are 52 symptoms associated with Perimenopause and Menopause.

MENOPAUSE;t Menopause starts when your periods have stopped for a year many of the symptoms of Perimenopause can continue in Menopause and other symptoms may occur including Weight Gain, Palpitations, dry Itchy Skin, Reduced Sex Drive, UTIs ( Urinary Tract Infections ) Headaches, Muscle and Joint pain and Depression.

BHRT is an alternative for people on HRT who are experiencing side effects 

Bio-Identical Hormones are not available on the NHS, this is because they are more expensive to produce and require a compounding pharmacy to make them, Patients will be offered the more traditional synthetic HRT.

Here at the Harley St Menopause Midlife Clinic we will do a consultation by phone or Zoom Or Skype if we think you are suitable for BHRT we will send you out a DUTCH TEST, which is a dried urine test that you can carry out in the comfort of your own home research has shown this is the most accurate way of testing your hormones, instructions will be given to you on how to complete the test and then post it back directly to the Lab, results will arrive with our doctor in around 10 to14 days. The Doctor will analyse your results and write your bespoke prescription thesis sent to the compounding pharmacy where your BHRT will be made. 

Bioidentical Hormones are tailor-made for you in compounding pharmacies in specific rather than set doses these hormones are considered unlicensed because they are never in a set dose unlike synthetic Hrt, however, it is important to know that the ingredients in both bioidentical and synthetic Hrt have undergone decades of trials which in itself indicates that they are safe to use and prescribe under the correct protocols and because they are made for your needs the less chance of unwanted side effects are greatly reduced.

Many women are concerned they will need to be on BHRT for the rest of their lives, as the hormone treatment we provide is specific to your needs it is safe to be on it long term, but some women may experience symptoms for a few months and some for years, we will provide treatment for yours long as you have symptoms and as long as it continues to improve your well being.

We are often asked about the safety of Bioidentical hormones compared to synthetic HRT there have been many studies on bioidentical and clinical data suggests it is safer, for example, research carried out with 80,000 women found that taking progesterone plus natural estrogen had no raised risk of heart disease or cancer and the hormones are tolerated much better with fewer side effects than synthetic HRT.