Overcome depleted and imbalanced hormone levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). Using advanced bioidentical hormones (i.e. hormones identical to those produced naturally by the body) countless men and women have been able to gracefully transition through the different physiological phases of aging.
Patients at Age Confidence are able to enjoy prolonged symptom relief without the risk of further complications or undesirable side effects and experience renewed energy, better health, and a more positive outlook on life.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), also known as bioidentical hormone therapy or natural hormone therapy, is a term referring to the use of hormones that are identical on a molecular level with endogenous hormones in hormone replacement therapy. It may also be combined with blood and saliva testing of hormone levels, and the use of pharmacy compounding to obtain hormones in an effort to reach a targeted level of hormones in the body.
Specific hormones used in BHRT include estrone, estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone, and estriol.BHRT is a form of alternative medicine, and has been promoted as a panacea for many diseases in addition to being a means of relieving the symptoms of menopause and/or reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Bioidentical hormones were first used for menopausal symptom relief in the 1930s after Canadian researcher James Collip developed a method to extract an orally active estrogen from the urine of pregnant women and marketed it as the active agent in a product called Emmenin. It was supplanted on the market when its manufacturer, Ayerst (later Wyeth Pharmaceuticals), began producing the more easily manufactured conjugated equine estrogens in 1941 under the brand name Premarin; by 1992, Premarin was the most widely prescribed drug in the United States.
Physicians John R. Lee and Jonathan Wright were pioneers in the area of BHRT. Lee authored several popular books on BHRT and promoted custom-compounded BHRT, with the goal of achieving what he called a "natural hormone balance". He based this goal on the clinical testing of saliva to establish where "deficiencies" existed. Lee also believed that progesterone acted as a panacea and general health tonic for many health conditions. Wright also authored a popular book on BHRT; he promoted a triple-estrogen formula he called "Triest", which combined the most common three estrogens (of over 25 types) found in human females: estriol, estradiol, and estrone. Previous bioidentical formulas had used only estradiol. Wright may have been the first proponent of BHRT to use the term "bioidentical"—the word he coined to describe unpatentable, plant-derived molecules he believed were identical to human hormones.