Women in need of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) should always question whether their doctors use synthetic or bioidentical hormones. While bioidentical hormone therapy, the type of treatment used at Rock Creek Wellness, provides numerous benefits, including increased energy, improved sex drive, relief from headaches, better sleep, and more stable moods, the same treatment delivered with synthetic hormones can actually put women at risk of severe health problems, including cancer and heart disease. New evidence is showing that women on long-term synthetic HRT for over 5 years could be at the greater risk for such diseases.
With conventional HRT, women take synthetic estrogen and progesterone combined to balance hormones and alleviate menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes. When women take synthetic estrogen without progesterone, they are put at an increased risk for cancer, since estrogen drives excessive growth of the uterine lining.
However, bioidentical hormone therapy has the ability to reduce the risk for any type of cancer related to synthetic hormone treatment, since it replicates natural hormones that exist in humans. Synthetic estrogen is generally derived from equines, which can sometimes cause problems in humans due to genetic incompatibility.
Within the last decade, researchers and scientists have learned that women who undergo synthetic estrogen and progesterone therapies experience a significantly higher number of heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer diagnoses, and blood clots. Furthermore, women who receive synthetic HRT for at least 5 years are at an even higher risk for breast cancer than those who receive temporary synthetic HRT for less than 5 years. For women who solely take estrogen without progesterone, the risk for breast cancer increases substantially at year 10.
If you have been taking conventional synthetic HRT for over 5 years, or have recently stopped therapy due to adverse health effects, you can safely receive the hormone treatment you need through bioidentical HRT. Rock Creek Wellness currently offers safe and natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapies to menopausal and post-menopausal women. Contact us today to learn more about our treatments.