The hormones used in HRT are synthetic. Their structure is similar to the hormones produced by the body but not exactly the same – and these differences may result in unwanted side effects and health risks. On the other hand, bio-identical hormones have an identical chemical structure as those produced by our bodies. They may be more suitable and tolerated by the body.
Although they are often derived from plant sources, the reason they are often referred to as ‘natural’ is their likeness to the natural molecular structure of human hormones. Unlike HRT which is only available in predetermined dosages, bio-identical hormones are prescribed by Dr McManners at a dosage that’s right for the individual and their concerns. There are several types of bio-identical hormones (see types of BHRT below) that can help to treat symptoms of menopause and andropause as well as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), post-natal depression, and menstrual problems.
BHRT is a complex and personal subject that requires careful and in-depth assessment, consultation. Dr McManners can help both men and women consider a more natural approach to dealing with hormonal issues in a medical, professional and compassionate way.
- Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may be a more natural alternative to HRT
- Helps to treat the symptoms of the female menopause and male andropause*
- May also be used to help with PMS, post-natal depression, and menstrual problems*
Types of bio-identical hormones
- Bio-identical hormones are derived from plant sources including wild yams and soya bean plants. They are then manufactured into tablets, creams and skin patches. Unlike HRT, bio-identical hormones may be prescribed to restore imbalances found in specific hormone levels which may be assessed by blood tests. They may be used in combination to meet your bespoke prescription.
- Oestrogen is the primary female sex hormone that’s measured through the specific levels of the oestrogen hormones known as estrone, estradiol or estriol. Not all of the oestrogens have the same effect, and the exact replacement prescription should contain an appropriate amount to treat your situation and symptoms. May helps to treat symptoms including hot flushes, vaginal dryness, urinary concerns, as well as improving skin and hair health. It may be used preventatively against osteoporosis, certain age-related eye concerns, as well as strokes and heart disease.*
- Progesterone can help with mood swings and depression as well as difficulty sleeping.*
- Testosterone is the main male sex hormone. Balancing testosterone can help to improve energy, increase libido, help mood swings and depression and protect against heart disease. It is also important for women, improving libido and energy levels, as well as muscle and bone strength.*
- DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a precursor to the sex hormones that’s produced in adrenal glands, the testicles or ovaries and the brain. It can be used to stimulate the immune system, decrease cholesterol and body fat, reduce the risk of heart disease and improve mood and well-being due to its antidepressant effects.*
- Pregnenolone helps to repair cells in the brain and nerve tissues, particularly for memory enhancement.
- Melatonin regulates other hormones while maintaining the body’s sleep pattern. Balancing levels helps to treat sleeping problems by regulating normal sleep patterns and improving the depth and quality of sleep.*
Individual results may vary.