Until recently, health care professionals have touted synthetic hormones as an ideal form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women who experience fluctuations in hormone levels, such as those caused by menopause. However, recent studies have shown that synthetic hormones can cause women to experience and develop blood clots, breast cancer, stroke, and other dangerous health conditions.

Generally, synthetic hormones are derived from estrogen sources found in the urine of pregnant mares. Since the structure of estrogen in horses differs largely from human estrogen, synthetic hormones can cause adverse health effects in the human body.

A study conducted in 2002 found that synthetic hormones put women at a 41% higher risk for stroke, 29% higher risk for heart attack, and a 26% higher risk for breast cancer. Additionally, the risk for blood clots forming in the legs and lungs doubled in women who took synthetic hormones. A separate 2002 study showed that long-term use of synthetic hormones led to a 60% to 85% higher risk for breast cancer and lobular breast tumors.

Now, scientists and healthcare professionals have found a new type of HRT for women with hormone imbalances called bio-identical hormone therapy. Bio-identical hormones are identical to those found in the human body, and are available in many different formats including patches, creams, pills, and gels.

Since bio-identical hormones are identical to human hormones, the human body has the ability to process them in a manner that is natural and healthy without causing any dangerous, unwanted side effects.

Rock Creek Wellness Center now offers bio-identical hormone therapy treatment to those with hormone imbalances. Contact us today to learn more about our age management services, including bio-identical hormone therapy, and lower your risk for major health complications such as heart disease and breast cancer that can be triggered as a result of using synthetic hormones.