For many decades, there has been ongoing controversy and debates about the safety and efficacy of conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) versus bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Both therapies are meant to correct problems with hormonal imbalance, especially in women who have undergone menopause, but recently, studies have emerged that link conventional, synthetic methods of progesterone and HRT treatment with serious health conditions such as breast cancer and heart disease.
Now, a relatively new study conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia has confirmed that natural progesterone treatment via means of BHRT is safe for heart health and effective at treating flushes and night sweats in menopausal women.
Until recently, menopausal women and their health care providers were under the impression that bioidentical progesterone was associated with the same health risks as HRT due to having a molecular similarity to progestins, which are man-made. However, bioidentical progesterone is recognized by the body as a natural treatment unlike synthetic progestins, and accepts the treatment without triggering any adverse health effects.
Synthetic HRT treatments typically include progestin — not progesterone — to guard against the thickening of the endometrium, which could eventually lead to an increased risk for uterine cancer. In most cases, women who have undergone a hysterectomy are prescribed an estrogen-only HRT — which further increases the risk for adverse health problems since the treatment lacks the progesterone needed to battle heart disease and breast cancer.
Traditional HRT combines synthetic estrogen with progesterone to treat common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats and is even meant to prevent osteoporosis. However, most women’s bodies are unable to handle HRT treatment, and suffer from increased risks of heart disease, breast cancer, and a number of other cancers.
The safest way to treat hormonal imbalance is through BHRT, which is derived from natural plant sources that replicate hormones in the human body. BHRT is not associated with serious health risks, and has been shown to be extremely effective at relieving symptoms of menopause, maintaining bone density, restoring sleep patterns, improving sex drive and libido, and relieving depression, anxiety, irritability, and mood swings.
Rock Creek Wellness offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to help you rebalance and sustain your hormone levels. Our pellet hormone program is designed for patients seeking a quick and affordable entry to bioidentical hormone therapy in Kansas City. Contact us today at 913-727-7700 to request a free consultation.