What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Seattle WA Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, W. John Bullis, M.D. at A-to-Zen Regenerative Medicine provides patients with customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans that are made to suit individual needs. Men and women suffering from hormonal imbalances due to aging, poor lifestyle choices, or stress can replenish their hormones in a safe and effective way. Taking a patient-centered approach, Doctor Bullis builds treatment protocols based on each patient’s medical history, treatment goals, and current health complaints. Countless men and women have been able to look and feel healthier with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical Hormones are exact chemical matches to hormones naturally occurring in the human body. These chemicals are extracted from the yam and soy plants. They are synthesized to be identical to the molecules of the hormones naturally produced by women and men. The body recognizes the Bioidentical Hormones from these plants exactly like they would the hormones produced from the testes or ovaries. It is important to know that the absorption pathway can make a difference in the effectiveness and the side effects depending on if the hormones are taken by pill or topically, as a cream or patch. The body does a better job if the Bioidentical Hormones are taken topically. Seattle WA Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, W. John Bullis, M.D. at A-to-Zen Regenerative Medicine designs personalized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans.

Are they FDA approved?

Custom made mixtures of Bioidentical Hormones are not approved by the FDA because they are chemically synthesized from a natural plant source and the molecules have not been altered. The pharmaceutical companies cannot patent natural plant chemicals, but chemicals that are altered in molecular structure can be patented. Chemists must first alter the hormones in order for a patent to be obtained and profits made by the drug companies.

These synthetic hormones, which are purposefully different from the yam or soy plant chemicals, are known as Premarin, Provera, and Prempro. They are approved by the FDA because they are fixed, not individually tailored. Bioidentical Hormones offer people the opportunity to have their hormones balanced for them specifically.

How do Bioidentical Hormones differ from synthetic hormones?

The human body can metabolize Bioidentical Hormones naturally because once the chemical has been taken from the plant, yam or soy is processed in a way that its’ molecular structure is completely identical to that of the androgen hormones; estrogen and progesterone.

Bioidentical Hormones provide people with the option to have their hormone supplements individually tailored to fit the person’s unique biological system. Synthetic hormones are mass-produced and have stronger side effects than those of a Bioidentical nature.

Since they are mass-produced there is no way to individually tailor the amounts. Synthetic hormones are made from the progesterone of plants or the estrogens of animals and are not identical to the hormones found within the human body.

What distinguishes synthetic hormones from Bioidentical Hormones is the molecular structure. The synthetics hormones have an extra covalent bond. The body doesn’t recognize or metabolize the synthetic hormones normally and the body may treat them as a toxin.

Seattle WA Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, W. John Bullis, M.D. at A-to-Zen Regenerative Medicine has helped vast numbers of men and women to regain their health using customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans. Women and men have been able to overcome age related hormonal imbalances, such as menopause, andropause, and perimenopause in a safe and natural way. Doctor Bullis’ expert treatment plans are evidence based and incorporate the best of Anti-Aging Medicine. Through the help of Seattle WA Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, W. John Bullis, M.D.’s guidance, many patients have been able to live healthier, fuller lives.