Bio-identical or Body identical hormones are a medication derived from plant based products that are the same chemical structure as your own hormones. They are made from Soya beans or wild yam, and converted into individualised hormone preparations to suit you.
Bio-identical hormones are available for men and women, and contain Oestrogen and Natural Progesterone for women, and Testosterone for men. Women may also need Testosterone and DHEA.
Bio-identical Oestrogen helps to increase collagen, and slow down bone loss at the time of the menopause, as well as increasing oestrogen in the vagina and bladder. The latter reverses vaginal dryness and improves bladder function.
Most importantly oestrogen will reverse hot flushes and night sweats.
Natural Progesterone elevates mood and may prevent depression in P.M.S. and the menopause. Progesterone also acts as a mild diuretic.
Testosterone increases energy and sex drive in both sexes, and is normally given if Testosterone is low.
D.H.E.A. is a precursor of Testosterone, and useful in Post-Menopausal women, sometimes helping with brain fog and memory problems.
Other natural hormones include Melatonin the hormone of sleep, insomnia is a common symptom of the menopause often made worse by night sweats, but also from anxiety.
Pregnelalone the mother of all hormones is sometimes helpful in memory problems.