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Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy

Hormonal health is a main focus of Pacifica Naturopathic Medicine. We assess hormonal balance for menopausal concerns, menstrual concerns, fertility, libido, thyroid health, adrenal health and many other endocrine disturbances.  We offer both serum and salivary hormone testing that we send to professional, well reputable labs.

What are Bio-identical hormones? Bio-identical hormones have the same structure and action as hormones in the human body. They come from plant sources such as wild yam and soy but are considered bio-identical because of their structure and action rather than origin. Synthetic hormones differ in that they are often derived from other sources (such as horse urine) and they have side chains added to their chemical structure so that they can be patented. Synthetic hormones often contain portions and constituents that do not mimic the physiology of human hormones. For this reason synthetic hormone therapy can have many unwanted side effects. Bio-identical hormone therapy is gentle, safe and more natural because the hormone structures and actions are much closer to our bodies natural hormone structure and function.  All Bio-identical hormones are ordered from professional specialty compounding pharmacies and made with natural and organic ingredients wherever possible.

Goals of BHRT

–       to restore hormone balance in the body
–       to alleviate symptoms caused by the natural decrease in the body’s production of hormones
–       to offer gentle therapeutic relief and protection for the body

Bioidentical Hormone Benefits:

When our hormones are in balance, they have several profound effects in our body. This is why it is important to do thorough hormonal testing to determine the ratios of the sex hormones and adrenal hormones before attempting to balance them.

Estrogens:

–       help relieve vaginal dryness and thinning
–       help balance cholesterol
–       help decrease blood pressure
–       improve mood, energy, memory and cognition
–       help with sleep
–       may help decrease bone loss
–       help relieve urinary symptoms
–       estriol decreases breast cancer risk
–       up regulate androgen receptors

Progesterone:

–       counteracts estrogen dominance
–       decreases proliferation in the uterus and risk of endometrial and breast cancer from excess estrogen
–       stabilizes mood
–       increases bone mineral density- promotes osteoblasts
–       decreases risk of endometrial cancers
–       prescribed with estrogen has a cardioprotective affect
–       helps reduce hot flashes
–       helps reduce postmenopausal depression
–       increases libido
–       helps balance blood sugar

DHEA:

–       increase libido
–       increases energy and may help with exercise endurance
–       increase bone density
–       decrease cholesterol
–       increase energy and cognitive function
–       may enhance weight loss
–       improve skin tone and texture
–       helps to balance blood sugar
–       increases immune function
–       may help build lean muscle mass

Testosterone:

–       increases libido
–       increases energy
–       helps with skin
–       helps balance estrogen dominance and androgen deficiencies

Cortisol:

–       helps with weight loss
–       improves sleep
–       helps manage stress
–       balances blood sugar
–       helps in wound healing
–       increases immune function
–       helps with hair growth
–       helps with optimal thyroid function

Thyroid hormones:

–       increase metabolic rate and weight loss
–       improve mood
–       help with blood sugar balance
–       increase energy
–       improve bowel function
–       increase basal body temperature
–       help balance adrenal and sex hormones