Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Edmonton, Alberta Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Expert, Susan Prendergast, NP, PhD(C) is devoted to educating patients on hormone health and helping them decide whether hormone therapy is the best choice for them.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical hormones have served as valuable substitutes for human hormones for over seventy years. Chemically identical to human hormones, bioidentical hormones can help women and men suffering from hormone deficiencies, dominances or imbalances correct their hormone levels and escape the symptoms of imbalanced hormones. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a unique form of hormone therapy that greatly differs from other forms of hormone replacement.
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones
- Personalized Dosing
Earlier forms of hormone replacement only offered a single dose of a hormone for all types of imbalances or deficiencies. This one-size-fits-all approach is completely opposite to the customized approach used with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Exact levels of hormones are provided to fit patients’ unique deficits or imbalances. This allows men and women to precisely optimize their hormone levels instead of receiving excessive or insufficient amounts of a hormone.
- Easily Metabolized
Identical to human hormones, bioidentical hormones are easily taken into the body, recognized, accepted and used. Bioidentical hormones fit into a cell receptor site much like a key fits into a lock, unlike hormones that are not identical to human hormones. Non-identical hormones may only be partially recognized in the body, causing them to attach to cell receptor sites that they do not belong to and blocking those sites from the body’s own natural hormones.
- Few to No Side Effects
Proper dosages of and exactly matching the hormones naturally produced in the body allow bioidentical hormones to function the same way that human hormones do. This can prevent the common side effects of non-identical hormones such as bloating, water retention, headaches and fatigue.
- Organically Sourced
Bioidentical hormones are often synthesized from soy or yam products, unlike other forms of hormones that are taken from animals. Hormones from animals are not identical to the hormones in the human body, and they can cause a number of adverse side-effects.
Because the body is comprised of numerous hormones, all hormone levels should be checked before beginning a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program. Intricately woven together, imbalances in one hormone will inevitably affect another. Susan Prendergast NP PhD(C) will determine any hormone deficiencies and imbalances you may currently be experiencing.
Balancing your Hormones
Some of the hormones that can regain balance with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:
- Hormones Corrected with Natural Hormone Therapy
- Thyroid Hormone
Imbalances within these hormones can be the root cause for many different health disorders. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are primary sex hormones that work to control sexual function, reproduction, vitality and youthfulness. Cortisol, DHEA, and pregnenolone are adrenal hormones that work to reduce inflammation, balance immunity, protect the nervous system and produce other hormones. The pineal gland and pituitary hormones include melatonin and thyroid hormone; they work to control sleep cycles and most aspects of energy and metabolic functioning.
Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Typically, hormones decline or become imbalanced due to high stress, lack of sleep or aging. Some of the conditions that can be treated by balancing your hormones include:
- Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Chronic Fatigue
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Weight Loss Resistance
Susan Prendergast NP PhD(C) customizes Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy treatments that greatly improve patients’ health and vitality.