Bioidentical hormones: A Natural Alternative

Bioidentical hormones are made to act exactly like the hormones produced by our own bodies. Conventional hormones, on the other hand, are either completely synthetic or derived from the estrogens produced by horses (e.g. Premarin). For these reasons, bioidentical hormones have demonstrated fewer to none of the side effects associated with conventional hormones. Because of the increased risk of developing breast and uterine cancer associated with conventional hormones, bioidentical hormones are presented as a preferred alternative in hormone replacement.

Unlike conventional hormones, which can be patented by the pharmaceutical companies, bioidentical hormones cannot be patented and are typically only available through compounding pharmacies. Compounding pharmacies allow physicians to tailor the dose and type of bioidentical hormones to your specific needs.

After the age of 30, most of us begin to experience a decline in the sex hormones (estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone). This decline is typically the result of years of poor eating habits, environmental toxins, and stress. When the sex hormones become deficient, the aging process is accelerated, which sets the stage for the chronic diseases associated with aging (i.e. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast and prostate cancer).

Contact Dr. Winton to find out if your hormones are in balance and if bioidentical hormones are a good fit for you.

Know your hormones: Know yourself.

Menopausal SymptomsFemale HormonesMale HormonesThyroidAdrenal
Common Symptoms of Dysfunction
(One or more may be present)

Hot flashes/night sweats, fatigue, insomnia, moodiness, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence

Common Medical Treatment

Anti-depressants or very strong Estrogen (Anti-depressants are not solving the real problem and strong estrogens can be dangerous)

Our Conservative Treatment

Bio-Identical Hormones (Lower levels of estrogen get the same results. We also add progesterone and testosterone as needed for safety and improved efficacy)

Common Symptoms of Dysfunction
(One or more may be present)

Moodiness prior to menses, painful or heavy menses, cyclic migraines or headaches, insomnia, anxiety

Common Medical Treatment

Birth control (Long term use is related to many medical complications.)

Our Conservative Treatment

Bio-identical progesterone (Taken during the last half of your cycle to balance the estrogen and progesterone ratio.)

Common Symptoms of Dysfunction
(One or more may be present)

Low motivation (esp. for physical activity), low libido, fatigue, poor muscle recovery/strength, depression, anxiety

Common Medical Treatment

Nothing (Unless their Testosterone levels are severely depleted. When it is prescribed it is usually prescribed as a topical cream which can have poor absorption and can cause contamination to loved ones)

Our Conservative Treatment

Testosterone (When indicated, using labs to guide us safely.)

Common Symptoms of Dysfunction
(One or more may be present)

Fatigue, difficulty losing weight, hair loss, dry skin, brittle nails

Common Medical Treatment

T4 or Synthroid Therapy (Patients will often still have symptoms of low thyroid, despite “normal” labs.)

Our Conservative Treatment

Natural thyroid RX (Which has the correct balance of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4.)

Common Symptoms of Dysfunction
(One or more may be present)

Fatigue, reduced ability to handle stress (feeling overwhelmed), insomnia, sugar cravings, high blood pressure

Common Medical Treatment

Nothing (Only treated if there is a severe deficiency.)

Our Conservative Treatment

Bio-identical cortisol, B complex vitamin injections or IV.


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