What are Bio-identical hormones?
bio-identical hormones are structurally identical to the hormones in your body. They are often made from plant sources, but the end product is exactly the same as what would be produced by your body.
What are synthetic hormones?
A synthetic or patentable hormone is a hormone that is not produced by your body, but will act like a hormone in your body. For example, Premarin, which is derived from pregnant mare urine, will activate many of the same receptors as human hormones do. Provera starts with a bio-identical hormone and converts it into a synthetic hormone by changing the chemical structure. In so doing, the synthetic hormone can be patented and be sold for a much higher price by the pharmaceutical company. One disadvantage is that a synthetic hormone is not metabolized by your body as easily as a bio-identical hormone and thus causes more side effects. One advantage is that your insurance plan may cover patented hormones that are manufactured by major drug companies, where they may not cover a bio-identical hormone which is produced by a compounding pharmacy. Compounding pharmacies are specialized pharmacies that formulate and customize bio-identical hormones to your precise need as determined by your physician.
Which is better?
The FDA has stated that compounding pharmacies cannot advertise that bio-identical hormones are superior to synthetic although many physicians believe that bio-identical hormones are superior to their synthetic counter-parts. The Women's Health Initiative WHI study, which included 27,347 women, showed that hormone replacement theory done with synthetic hormones posed significant health risks to women. Especially the older women in the study had a higher risk of breast cancer and stroke. The study was prematurely cancelled because of these findings. It is important to note that these studies were not done using bio-identical hormones. Women in the study received 0.625 mg of Premarin (equine estrogen) plus 2.5 mg of Provera, a synthetic hormone derived from progesterone. This study has been criticized because it used non-human hormones or hormone-like compounds and not natural hormones. Critics point out that many of the problems found in the study may not have occurred, if bio-identical hormones would have been used. There have been smaller European studies using bio-identical hormones that did not show the problems that were shown in the WHI study, but because the studies were much smaller it is not safe to conclude that bio-identical hormones do not pose a health risk.
EVE Questionnaire (Female Hormone Deficiency Questionnaire)
- Do you have hot flashes?
- Do you have a lack of energy?
- Do you have restless sleep or sleep disturbances?
- Do you have a diminished sex drive?
- Have you noticed a decreased enjoyment of life?
- Are you moody or easily irritated?
- Do you have difficulty concentrating, or have short-term memory loss?
- Have you noticed muscle loss?
- Do you feel fatigued often?
- Do you have bladder leakage?
- Do you have excess body fat?
Testosterone is an important hormone for women too!
As women age, they experience a rapid decline in hormones such as estradiol, progesterone, growth hormone, testosterone and DHEA. Although women produce a much lower amount of testosterone than men, this decline is noticed throughout the whole body. Research has shown that testosterone is responsible for a women's sexual desire and responsiveness, mood, sense of well being and mental acuity.
The Women's Health Institute at the University of New Jersey suggests that androgens (testosterone) play a significant role in affecting pre-menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms and quality of life! As it does in men, testosterone supports bone density and muscle tissue. Increased bone density is critical because of the increased risk of osteoporosis women face as they age. Women produce their testosterone in the ovaries and adrenal glands and typically lose 70 percent of the hormone by the age of 40. This decrease can cause most, if not all the effects listed above. Some other effects of low testosterone in women include increased risk of cardiovascular disease (Med. Suisse Romande 2003 Mar) and increased risk of Alzheimer's (Cell mol Life Sci. 2005 Feb). A simple blood test can determine the level of testosterone in the body and therefore can detect a deficiency.
A simple blood test and review of your symptoms will determine if you can benefit from Testosterone restoration. Defy Medical uses only Bio-Identical Testosterone which is prescribed through a licensed US compounding pharmacy. Testosterone can be compounded into topical gels or creams, sustained-release injectable, or in combination with other hormones.
A woman's testosterone level is highest in her early 20s. The older she gets, the lower her levels may fall. This accounts for the loss of sex drive in many women as they age.
Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT) can restore specific hormone levels to optimal levels reducing negative symptoms associated with hormone imbalance. A simple blood test will detect hormone levels and allow our physician to customize a treatment plan using bio-identical hormones prescribed through a local licensed compounding pharmacy. Our BHRT program provides continued physician monitoring along with medication refills at a very affordable cost. . In addition, Dr Saya and his staff are available to assist patients at any time during therapy.
Here is what you can expect as a patient;
- Physician lab review, assessment, and treatment plan
- Ongoing physician monitored Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy
- Claim Assistance when insurance coverage is available
- Nutritional counseling and education
- Access to our full line of custom nutritional supplements and cosmetic products
- Concierge medical service very low cost
- Overnight delivery available at the pharmacies we use
How to become a patient:
Entrance into our program requires a comprehensive blood test and a physical examination. Local patients will receive a physical examination at our facility, performed by a licensed Defy Medical Professional. Out of state patients must submit a physical exam performed by an MD or DO. Your symptoms will be studied and your blood analyzed for metabolic and hormone deficiencies. A treatment plan will then be customized to fit your needs. Any weight and body fat issues will also be addressed by our team. Please fill out and complete the No Cost Consultation form on the right of your screen.