When bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is mentioned women may immediately think of menopause, but menopause is not the only female hormone imbalance that hormone therapy can help correct.
In some cases, hormone deficiencies in women too young to begin the process of menopause can manifests themselves in gynecological problems like infertility, polcycstic ovarian syndrome, miscarriage and changes in menstruation. For instance, estrogen deficiency may cause symptoms like irregular menstruation, depression, fatigue and low sex drive, while depleted progesterone may cause thyroid problems, low blood sugar, infertility and weight gain. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can be beneficial in treating these symptoms.
Bio-identical hormones are made by altering compounds found in plants, usually soy beans or wild yams. They are manufactured to match molecule for molecule the chemical formula of hormones produced by the body. Their match to natural human hormones helps the body use them to their full potential.
The method in which bio-identical hormones are administered is very important. Bio-identical hormones should be administered nonorally to prevent them from passing through the liver first, which alters the hormones and increases the risk of high blood pressure, abnormal blood clotting and gallstones. It is best to introduce hormones to the body through the application of creams, gels, patches or pellets. Pellets are placed under the skin by a doctor to release hormones as they dissolve slowly. No removal is required.
For more information about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, make an appointment with Dr. John R. Woodward today. His Dallas, Texas office can be reached at (972) 566-7870. Dr. Woodward is board certified in gynecology and has 30 years of experience in bio-identical hormone replacement.