Bio-identical hormones promote the use of natural hormones as an alternative to make up the deficiency or the lack of those hormones which are naturally produced in a human’s body. Bio-identical hormones are usually made from the components of plants. These plants are custom-mixed formulas which contain different hormones that are chemically identical to those hormones which are naturally made by the human body. Bio-identical hormones include testosterone, progesterone and estrogens. They are the natural alternate used for menopausal hormone replacement therapy.
Bio-identical hormones are usually made for women. They are formed to relieve women from the symptoms of menopause. Creams that are usually used for this purpose are ineffective on bone density.
Besides, bio-identical hormone therapy is perceived to have many side effects. Physicians usually see it with a skeptical eye. Due to a large number of pharmaceutical companies producing counterfeit and misleading products, doctors do not suggest patients to undergo bio-identical hormone therapy. Bio-identical hormone therapy carries with it risk of breast cancer. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy drugs are not considered to be safe to be used. The pharmaceutical companies are breaking medical laws and are misleading people by making false claims. Bio-identical hormones therapy increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes as well. Synthetic hormones for women are safer than bio-identical hormones due to the quality of these drugs. Bio-identical side effects also include stomach ulcer and allergic reactions.
Similarly, blood clots are also the side effect of bio-identical hormones therapy. Besides, the drugs produced by pharmaceutical companies for bio-identical hormone therapy cannot be patented. The black cohosh herb used in making bio-identical hormone drugs is dangerous as it may cause liver damage. Bio-identical hormone drugs usually don’t relieve women from the problems of hot flushes, mood swings and vaginal dryness.
By undergoing bio-identical hormone therapy, you may initially experience hair loss while taking these hormones but as soon as you end the treatment, the growth of hair on your face will start increasing. This is the side effect of this therapy. Side effect of bio-identical hormone therapy is depression as well. Weight gain mostly in the abdominal region, thighs and buttocks are also the side effects of bio-identical hormones therapy. Another side effect of bio-identical hormone therapy includes fatigue, it may be mild or can be moderate or sometimes severe as well.
BHRT tests are based on test of saliva to assess hormonal deficiencies; unfortunately the hormone level in saliva does not reflect levels of menopause symptoms. Bio-identical hormone therapy’s side effects occur when the dosage of hormone given to the patient is too high. In females’ breast cancer, ovarian or uterine cancer or deep vein thrombosis may be a contradiction for BHRT. Scientists argue that bio-identical hormone can cause ailments, like increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke and invasive breast cancer, for this reason they recommend some cautions with hormone therapy. While using BHRT the body’s optimal hormone level balance and hormones needs has to be tested a few times to adjust the dosage. During this process any hormone imbalance may occur which can cause side effects. Thus while seeking optimal hormone balance; the body may experience a variety of side effects like; * Irritability * Headaches * Increased ace * Mood swings * Difficulty in sleeping * Itching at the application site in case of BHRT cream * Breast tenderness But as the hormone level is adjusted, these complications reduce. The adjustment period can take several days.