What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
When we think of hormones, testosterone and oestrogen are usually the first to come to mind.
Those are just two of 50 chemical messengers produced by our bodies to regulate our systems throughout our lifetime. When our hormones are imbalanced, the symptoms can wreak havoc on our daily lives and begin to get us down.
What are bio-identical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are man-made hormones that are chemically identical to those the human body produces. This enables the body to regulate the hormone levels that are unbalanced any relieve any symptoms that the patient may be experiencing. These hormones are frequently prescribed to reduce the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Bio-identical hormones, by contrast, are molecules that have the same structure as hormones made by the body. They can be made from plant materials or synthesized in a lab, but the end molecule is biologically identical to the body’s hormones.
Women typically begin to produce less progesterone in their 30s, then oestrogen, then finally testosterone. In men, testicular function starts to decline in their 40s and testosterone production begins to diminish. Hormone replacement can be very helpful for women going through perimenopause or menopause. They can see dramatic improvement of symptoms such as hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, mood swings and cognitive changes.
Our doctor, Kajal Babamiri, has been trained by the Marion Gluck clinic whom we use for our bespoke prescriptions. Your initial consultation will involve an in-depth review of your symptoms and medical history. The initial consultation can be performed online using Zoom or in person in our Cheshire clinic, CLNQ. We will undertaken hormone profile blood testing to determine your baseline hormone levels. This will help determine if there are deficiencies in certain hormones that need replacement. Our experienced doctor will then tailor a specific prescription preparation to address your specific requirements. You will have regular review appointments to discuss your symptoms and determine if any alterations in your plan are required.
Does Bio-identical Hormone Replacement work?
A recent study from the Marion Gluck clinic published in the Journal of Prescribing Practice reviewed 69 female patients. In this study, all patients received personalised bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). The study reviewed the symptoms of patients before and after BHRT using a questionnaire at time period from 6-24 months of treatment. They showed a statistically significant improvement in over 20 symptoms with the use of BHRT. The following symptoms showed marked improvement:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling tired or lack of energy
- Loss of interest in sex
- Sweating at night
- Feeling tense or nervous
- Hot flushes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle or joint pains
- Loss of interest in most things
- Feeling unhappy or depressed
- Attacks of anxiety or panic
- Heart beating quickly or strongly
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Plus, many other symptoms
“There is a growing body of evidence to show the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement in the improvement of symptoms in patients,” says Dr Babamiri from CLNQ. “We are delighted to be able to offer this service at our clinic and seen many our patients benefit from the use of these bespoke treatments.”
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