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What Are Bio Identical Hormones?

Bio identical hormones hit the spotlight a few years ago when Oprah Winfrey wrote about menopause catching her off guard in her magazine O, The Oprah Magazine. She was in her 50s, and after a friend's recommendation, she visited a doctor who specialized in bio identical hormones.

Oprah's open discussion about hormone therapy had many people wondering what exactly bio identical hormones are and how they could help.

Bio identical hormones are synthetic hormones derived from plants and used in hormone replacement therapy for women experiencing menopause. At the most basic level, they are identical in molecular structure to the hormones the body naturally makes. The body cannot tell the difference between bio identical hormones and the ones the body makes, even on a blood test.

The molecules in the body that often need replacing due to menopause include:

- Estrone (E1)

- Estradiol (E2)

- Estriol (E3)

- Progesterone

- Testosterone

- DHEA

Uses of Bio Identical Hormones

As word spreads about the many successful uses of bio identical hormone therapy, more people are interested in seeing how this therapy can help improve their quality of life. Here are just a few of the current uses for bio identical hormones:

- Fatigue

- Inflammation

- Sex drive

- Hair thinning

- Hot flashes

- Dry skin

- Sleep problems

- Bloating

- Memory and concentration problems

Why Dr. Foster Prefers Bio Identical Hormone Creams

Although bio identical hormones can be delivered in many forms - including pills, creams and pellets - Dr. Foster believes creams are the best choice. The hormones are absorbed through the skin directly into the bloodstream.

If you're interested in learning more about bio identical hormone therapy or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at 760-674-2070.

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