Bioidentical hormones are most commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women and men, such as hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, and irritability. Some of the benefits of using bioidentical hormones include:
Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural plant sources and are identical to those that the body produces for itself, in the right proportions. The hormones we use are mainly estradiol (E2), estriol (E3), progesterone (Pg), testosterone (T) and DHEA. The hormones are then compounded into creams, gels, pills, and pellets to promote simple and effective hormone delivery.
With the exception of low potency progesterone creams that are widely available over-the-counter, natural bioidentical hormone therapy is generally obtained through a physician’s prescription. Commercially available bioidentical hormones come in several forms. Estrogen is available in pills, patches, creams, pellets, and various vaginal preparations. Micronized progesterone comes in a capsule or as a vaginal gel. Testosterone is available in a gel, injection, and pellets.
Estrogen is a female sex hormone that has effects on the human body’s capacity for stem cell regeneration/rejuvenation. Specifically, estrogen increases the proliferation of embryonic neural stem cells and accelerates differentiation of neurons during neurogenesis (growth of nerve cells), which suggests that estrogen may play a role in transplantation of neural stem cells as part of a therapeutic approach to neurodegenerative disease. Separate clinical research on estrogen indicates that premenopausal women presented the highest level of circulating stem cells (1.4 per 10,000 cells), while postmenopausal women presented the lowest (4 per 1,000,000 cells). The level of stem cells increased significantly with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, on average by 25.5 percent suggesting that bioidentical hormone replacement significantly increases stem cells and can complement stem cell injection therapy.