Bio-identical Hormonal Therapy
Bio-identical hormone therapy is the practice of using structurally-identical hormones to correct and help conditions associated with hormone deficiencies. These hormones are considered safe, effective and well-tolerated. Bio-identical hormones are a great option to treat symptoms associated with many hormone and female-oriented conditions such as
- Low thyroid – Hypothyroidism
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Premenstural syndrome
- Breast tenderness
- Uterine Fibroids
Most often, symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, acne, unwanted facial hair, painful periods, mood swings and troubles with fertility are reasons to look in to bio-identical hormone treatment.
For women at menopausal age, bio-identical hormone treatment is a great option mitigate symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep problems and weight gain, and also reduce health risks associated with menopause such as osteoporosis
Prior to initiating treatment, it is essential to have blood (serum) or urine hormone levels checked, as well as a pelvic ultrasound (within 3 months) and updated mammogram (within the year) in order to rule out any contraindications (i.e. breast cancer) to using bio-identical hormone therapy. Once treatment is initiated, regular hormone testing is required to ensure that the dosage is correct for your case.
Naturopathic doctors must go through a rigorous pharmaceutical and prescribing course and examination in order prescribing Bio-identical hormones in Ontario.