Bioidentical Hormones – Friend or Foe
Are bioidentical hormones the best way to decrease your hormonal symptoms? Are there side-effects to these substances? Many women have gone on bioidentical hormones and have had very good results, while others have not.
Several patients have commented their hot flashes very quickly resolved when going on bioidentical hormones. Keep in mind that you are not taking a vitamin or mineral that creates a hormone, you are taking a hormone.
Respect and caution should be a factor when choosing to go on a hormone vs a precursor of a hormone.
The Sign of the Times
Bioidentical hormones are being used to manage and balance hormonal issues. Previous hormone replacement treatments have been questions as causing cancer. Not all women react the same with these substances and many women do well on bioidentical hormones for many years after taking them.
The Honeymoon Phase
When first starting on the bioidenticals, many women feel much better and are relieved that their symptoms are going away. At about 3 months the liver may not be able to break down the hormones. This will cause the first step of dysregulation of the hormonal system. The hormones will be stored first in the fat cells.
Dysregulating the Hormonal System
1st Dysregulation: The fat cells are saturated and the body can no longer compensate for the increase of hormones. The cells will start to pull receptor sites off the cell membrane.
With less receptors sites on the cells, it is harder for the hormone to get into the cell. This same thing happens with insulin. Now the woman may begin to have symptoms of too much and too little of the hormone.
2nd Dysregulation: The next thing which may happen is that the HPA axis will be altered. The HPA (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis) controls the hormone system. This will be imbalanced and can cause anxiety and depression or both as well as hormonal symptoms.
3rd Dysregulation: Once the HPA axis is imbalanced by the bioidenticals, the messaging to the adrenals and thyroid will be altered. This chain of events turns into a complex situation.
Some women start to experience mood and anxiety symptoms due to the imbalances caused by the bioidenticals. Their doctor may put them on SSRI’s/depression or anxiety medications, which only compounds the problem.
If the bioidentical hormones are creating imbalances in the system, these issues can be addressed, and in many cases resolved.
If you are having hormonal or nervous system symptoms such as anxiety, depression, hot flashes, irritability, or sleep issues, and are looking for a natural solution, you may call the office at 707 527-7710. We will be happy to offer a free consultation to discuss your health issues.
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If you are having hormonal or nervous system symptoms such as anxiety, depression, hot flashes, irritability, or sleep issues, and are looking for a natural solution, you may call the office at 707 527-7710 or click here to make an appointment on-line. We will be happy to offer a free consultation to discuss your health issues.
Dr. Cindy Zafis, DC, DACACD has used several holistic healing techniques for allergy relief since 1995 in Sonoma County. One technique is NAET.
Dr. Zafis, DC, DACACD does do a specific food sensitivity test in her office and supports patients with allergy relief for food sensitivities & pollens, skin issues, digestive issues, headaches, fatigue, coughing, menopause symptoms, and perimenopause symptoms.
She has a Diplomate from the American College of Addictionology & Compulsive Disorders and offers holistic therapies for anxiety and dependency issues.
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