What are Bio Identical Hormones?
Bio identical hormones (three types of Estrogen, as well as Progesterone and Testosterone) are extracted from plant sources. These extracted bio identical hormone molecules are precisely identical to, and are entirely indistinguishable from the hormone molecules found in our own bodies. The body immediately recognizes bio identical hormones as its own and puts them to use. Sanctuary Wellness Centers offers bio identical hormone optimization therapy, primarily through the use of time-released hormone pellets.
What do Hormones do in the Body?
Hormones are chemical signals (proteins, peptides, amino acids and steroids) secreted by various glands and cells, which are carried throughout the circulatory system, stimulating cell receptors and physical responses to the chemical messages throughout the body.
Balanced hormone levels are associated with decreased body fat, increased muscle mass, increased bone density, increased energy levels, improved skin tone and texture, increased sexual function, and improved immune system function. Alternately, hormone imbalance can drastically and negatively affect your feelings of well-being, your libido, your regulation of blood sugar, weight, your rate of aging, strength and stamina, and can reduce your body’s ability to heal or fight infection.
Why use Bio Identical Hormone Pellets vs. Creams or other Methods?
Hormone levels in the body may be altered by a variety of methods, such as creams, skin patches, injections, and oral administration. The method we have determined to produce a consistent hormone release that is the most suitable for long-term, sustained results is in the form of time released pellets. The body draws on their pellets – contents in a very gradual fashion over a few months, instead of a cream, patch or injection that may cause the user to experience high or low valleys throughout the day as the hormones begin to take effect and again later as levels drop.
Are Bio Identical Hormones Safe?
Bio identical hormones are safe and effective alternatives to synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Multiple clinical studies and use dating over 70 years show that natural, bioidentical hormone therapy does not cause cancer. In contrast, a large-scale study known as the Women’s Health Initiative trial treated thousands of women with a popular synthetic estrogen replacement product created from pregnant horse urine, but was halted when the women were found to have a measurably increased incidence of breast cancer. Again, only synthetic, chemical progestins were used in that study, not the natural, bio identical hormones such as those utilized at Sanctuary Wellness Centers.
While recent studies of synthetic hormones (Premarin) have identified an increased risk in heart disease in women, other research has suggested a protective effect against heart disease with the use of bio identical hormones in the proper balance. There may also be beneficial effects in the prevention and reversal of bone loss (osteoporosis), improvements in memory and concentration, as well as the growth, healing and repair of body tissues.
Are bio identical hormones approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration)?
Yes! Bio identical hormones are FDA approved. A number of bio identical products are available commercially, but they are not currently produced in forms that are conducive to the customized therapy that Sanctuary Wellness Centers offer. Sanctuary’s bio identical hormones are created by a specially-contracted compounding pharmacy, so that every Sanctuary Wellness Center patient is able to receive a treatment customized very precisely for their particular needs.
How Bio Identical Hormone Pellets Administered?
The pellets (about the size of a grain of rice) are placed just beneath the skin in an inconspicuous area, generally in the upper hip area. The body will gradually dissolve the pellets, drawing on their contents as the hormones are needed, until the pellets are gone.
Just before your pellets are dissolved, you will receive your next hormone optimization, to keep you feeling energized and going strong.
What is the difference between bio-identical hormones and synthetic hormones?
Synthetic hormones such as the progestin commonly prescribed under the brand names Premarin®, Provera®, and Prempro® are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and not identical in structure to the hormones produced by the human body. Premarin is created from the urine of a pregnant mare – from an animal.
Naturally-occurring bio-identical hormones come from plant sources, and are biologically identical to the hormones produced by the human body.
Why Have Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy? To…
Feel Like Yourself Again!
Bio Identical Hormone Therapy can relieve traumatic symptoms associated with menopause, perimenopause, PMS, (premenstrual syndrome), and andropause (commonly referred to as male menopause). These symptoms can include night sweats or hot flashes, depression or anxiety, sleep problems, fatigue, poor weight control, weak libido or sexual dysfunction.
Enhance and Improve Your Quality of Life!
Once their ideal hormone balance is achieved, Sanctuary Wellness Center patients report enjoying enhanced energy levels, heightened mental function, improved sexual arousal, and increased immunity. Additional benefits to bio identical hormone therapy can include smoother skin tone and texture (less wrinkles), thicker hair and those few extra pounds tend to become much easier to lose!
As you age and your hormones decrease, the way that you gain weight, and where you tend to store fat, also changes. Hormones, after all, are the chemical signals that direct your body processes, including metabolism (the rate that your body burns calories). Rebalancing your hormone level to those of a more youthful state through bio identical hormone therapy can jump-start your metabolism – turning your body into a leaner, fat burning, muscle building machine. But turning back the clock with bio hormones is really only half of the picture; learning healthier nutritional habits will be equally vital to your ongoing success.
Request a Sanctuary Wellness Hormone and Nutritional Wellness Complimentary Evaluation to find out what you’ve been missing!
Visit our Customized Nutritional and Wellness Programs page, for a list of weight loss topics you may want to discuss with your Sanctuary Wellness Nutritional Coordinator at your complimentary nutritional program evaluation visit.