Hormone replacement therapy, commonly referred to as hormone therapy or HRT, has been prescribed for decades to treat the symptoms of menopause in women by introducing estrogen hormones back into the body. However, HRT came under the spotlight in the early 2000's when studies found that it could increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
This resulted in a multitude of doctors immediately discontinuing the prescription of HRT drugs to their patients - causing menopause symptoms to return. In 2007, it was however found that this increased risk was dependent on how late in life hormone therapy was started. There earlier on in life, the lower the risk. But in 2008, further evaluation confirmed that there was an increased risk of stroke no matter when the HRT was started.
Bioidentical hormone replacement doctor west palm beach (B-HRT) immediately became a sensation as the only alternative available to treat menopause and menopausal symptoms in women. While traditional HRT drugs are synthesized from horse hormones, bioidentical hormones are manufactured in a lab from plant derived matter. This quickly led to B-HRT being referred to as natural hormone therapy and doctors prescribing these as a safer alternative to traditional hormone therapy.
This is a bit of a misconception though as all substance that are derived from animal or plant materials can be referred to as natural and therefore conventional HRT treatments can also be called natural. But is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy from a doctor in Boca actually better than other conventional treatments and does it lower the risk of heart disease and stroke?
Because bioidentical hormones have exactly the same molecular structure as the estrogen made by the body, the body recognizes these hormones as if they had been produced by the body. Horse derived hormones are not recognized by the body in the same way.
There is also the delivery system that needs to be taken into account. Oral medications, like conventional HRT drugs, must pass through the liver in order to be processed and absorbed by the body. Unfortunately this can lead to chemical changes that lead to the substance differing from the estrogen that is intended to be delivered to the body.
Bioidentical hormones on the other hand come in topical creams that are applied directly to the skin. This delivery system bypasses the liver and ensures that the hormones are absorbed into the body much faster and better in its intended form.
This may seem like sufficient evidence that bioidentical hormones are better than traditional HRT. However, there have been no intensive studies conducted as to whether they may also increase the risk of heart disease and stroke although there is no evidence as of yet to suggest that they do.
With both types of hormone therapies, evidence does suggest that when the therapy begins at a younger age (normally in the 40's when the heart and arteries are still healthy) and the correct dosage and treatment is controlled by a doctor, HRT may in fact lower the risk of heart disease and therefore stroke. It is recommended to consult a bioidentical hormone doctor in Boca to discuss the different options available for treating menopause and it's symptoms.