What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement?

Moody, PMS, headaches, night sweats?

Consider bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Listening, understanding, and treating hormonal problems and imbalances is our specialty. Helping our guests achieve hormonal therapy is very satisfying. Progesterone and the human estrogen hormones, estrone, estradiol, and estriol, are the primary hormones of all females that need to be in balance. So how do we know which hormone is causing your symptoms?

Listening, understanding and treating your hormonal problems and imbalances can be very tricky and frustrating, but on the other hand, very rewarding when you obtain hormonal harmony. Estrogens, progesterone and testosterone are the primary hormones that need your attention. So here comes the next question. “How in the world do I know which hormone is causing my symptoms?”

This is precisely why all of our patients answer a detailed questionnaire and we take a comprehensive history. Your detailed medical history is unique to you. Therefore, the hormones prescribed will be specific to you according to your age, body size and history. For example, the amount of body fat you have is generally related to the excess of estrogens in your system that same old story of estrogen dominance. This is why some clients may need larger doses of progesterone or testosterone to counteract excess estrogens. We will replace or supplement only the natural hormones that are identical to the same balanced hormones you had as a young adult.

The Three Estrogen Hormones

In females, the ovaries produce the sex hormones; the three estrogen hormones, estrone, estradiol and estriol, progesterone and a small amount of testosterone. When the ovaries begin to function a girl develops her secondary sex characteristics and her menstrual life begins. This is called puberty and usually occurs between the ages of 10 and 15. Menopause is the time when the ovaries cease functioning and the monthly periods stop. The average age of menopause is age 50, with a wide range of variability.

Balancing Your Hormones

Female hormonal balance between the estrogen hormones and progesterone is essential in order for women to obtain and maintain health and wellness. The three human estrogen hormones have numerous effects on the body which require the balance of progesterone to prevent the hyper effects of estrogen dominance which can lead to a host of health problems. Good health occurs when the hormones in the body are produced in adequate amounts and are in balance. Think of this as hormonal harmony, as if the hormones are a symphony orchestra. If one section of the orchestra, say the brass section, is too loud, then this will drown out the other sections of the orchestra and ruin the symphony.

The Approach of Menopause

The estrogen hormones and progesterone decline as a woman ages. But progesterone declines much more rapidly than do the estrogen hormones. As a woman approaches and enters the change of life, menopause, she may begin to experience the symptoms of declining estrogen hormones manifested by hot flashes and vaginal dryness. By this time progesterone is no longer being produced by the ovaries.

Even as she has symptoms of declining estrogen a woman still has estrogen dominance because there is no progesterone to balance the lower levels of estrogen. When a woman enters menopause her ovaries no longer function. Yet, she still makes estrogen hormones, primarily estrone, in her fat cells at approximately 50% of what she made premenstrually.

Contact Orange County Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, Janel Meric, M.D. to discuss bioidentical hormone therapy and how it can help you live a healthier and fuller life.