One of the increasingly popular ways of combating menopausal symptoms is through bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are plant-based hormones, usually from soybean plants or yams, extracted in a laboratory. They mimic the body's own hormones when introduced into the body, and regulate the hormone imbalance experienced during menopause. Bioidentical hormones can be a particularly effective way of reducing the symptoms of menopause, as they tackle the hormonal cause.
However, there are numerous risks that have been associated with bioidentical hormones. Read on to learn more about the potential side effects of bioidentical hormone replacement therapies.
Studies are currently being undertaken to discern the risks of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. While research to date has remained inconclusive, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been associated with risks of:
Women taking bioidentical estrogen run the risk of experiencing the symptoms of estrogen dominance, which occurs when there is a disproportionately large quantity of estrogen in the body. These effects are:
The risks associated with bioidentical progesterone are the same as those that a woman with severe progesterone dominance would typically encounter. These can be severe, and include:
It is very likely that a woman taking bioidentical testosterone will experience side effects. These will resemble the result of a testosterone imbalance, and can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. They include:
While bioidentical hormones can be effective in treating menopausal symptoms, they can have uncomfortable, serious and in some cases severe risks and side effects. If in doubt about biomedical hormones, their effects and their risks, consult your doctor.
Bioidentical hormones can also be compounded, or combined, to create a therapy targeted to your specific hormone replacement needs. However, this type of therapy is also risky, as this is an unregulated practice, and can even lead to further hormonal imbalances.
It is important to be aware of the benefits and risks of any treatments you might be considering for your menopausal symptoms. Click on the following link for more information on other alternatives to bioidentical hormones.
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