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An Overview of Bioidentical Hormones, Presented by DeBruin Medical Center

Bioidentical hormones are available for use in hormone replacement therapy, which some women receive before, during, or after menopause. These hormones get their name from the fact that they are chemically identical to the hormones naturally produced in women’s bodies.

Bioidentical hormones came onto the market as women looked for ways to minimize the symptoms of menopause (including hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness) with as few unpleasant side effects as possible. Prior to the introduction of bioidentical hormones, hormone replacement therapy included hormones that were similar to (but still chemically different from) those naturally produced in the human body.

Derived from wild yams and soy plants, bioidentical hormones are prescribed either in set doses or in customized blends designed to meet each woman’s specific hormone needs. Some doctors prescribe doses that attempt to mimic natural hormonal fluctuations in the body, while others prescribe steady doses.

About DeBruin Medical Center

Headed by Dr. Mark DeBruin, who has been practicing for more than 22 years, the Center offers a variety of medical services, including weight management programs, spinal manipulation, bioidentical hormone therapy, and other women’s health treatments.