Over the course of our lives, we’re exposed to toxins (both environmental and dietary). These toxins contribute to a natural decline of hormones as we grow older. The side effects of hormonal imbalances can mimic those of other more serious health conditions. That is why it is so important to have our hormones evaluated by a highly trained physician as we grow older.
As synthetic hormones have been prescribed by doctors for years, numerous studies have indicated that synthetic hormone therapy may increase the likelihood of various types of cancer and heart disease. Because of the risks associated with synthetic hormones, many people are looking to a more natural approach to treat hormonal imbalances — bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
What’s the Difference between Synthetic and Bioidentical Hormones?
Synthetic hormones are produced to treat the most common side effects of hormonal imbalances. Unfortunately, however, synthetic hormones are produced on a one-size-fits all basis. Since everyone has unique and different needs, synthetic hormones are less effective for some people than others.
Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources like soy and yams. Their purpose is to replicate the chemical structure of the hormones that our bodies naturally produce. Specialized compounding pharmacies work with prescribing physicians to create a unique bioidentical hormone regimen designed specifically for each patient.
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
- They’re naturally derived.
- They can be metabolized properly by our bodies.
- They can be compounded to treat one individual, unlike synthetic hormones that use a one-size-fits all approach.
- Studies have indicated that bioidentical hormones are safer than synthetic hormones.
Dr. Julia Ward’s Approach
Julia Ward, MD is a bioidentical hormone doctor in Sugar Land, Texas. At Balanced Body Image, Dr. Ward uses BHRT to help patients who experience symptoms related to hormonal imbalance, including fatigue, depression, headaches and weight gain.
Contact Dr. Ward in her Sugar Land medical spa for optimal health and wellness options – including bioidentical hormones.