Bio-identical Hormone Therapy in Columbus, Georgia

Throughout the years, studies have shown that the more traditional (synthetic) hormone therapy can increase the likelihood of various types of cancers and heart disease. Many people are now making the personal decision to take a more natural approach to hormone balance. They are instead choosing bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

Bio-Identical hormones are natural, yet many women and men find they provide relief from their symptoms. By taking natural hormones, patients can often avoid the risks that are associated with synthetic hormones.
Bio-Identical hormones are derived from naturally occurring sources. They replicate the same chemical structure as the hormones produced naturally by our bodies. A specialized compounding pharmacy can tailor a bio-identical hormone regimen for you based on your hormone levels.

Since Pharmaceutical companies can't patent bio-identical hormones, they choose to manufacture patent-able synthetic hormones. They are intentionally different, and as a result have been shown in studies to have significant side effects.

Because bio-identical hormones are natural, our bodies are able to metabolize them better, minimizing the side effects. At the Himes Health and Wellness Center in Columbus, GA we tailor BHRT to each patient's needs.


Bio-Identical / Natural Hormone Replacement

What is “natural” hormone replacement and why consider it an option for you?
Natural hormones are biologically identical to the hormones your body makes. This means the chemical structures of the hormones are identical to those synthesized in your ovaries and other areas of the body. The body sees synthetic hormones (ie Premarin and Prempro) and consider them to be foreign substances. The body sees bio-identical hormones as an exact match to our hormones and responds to them in natural ways.

Dosages are customized to each patient. One size does not fit all. Each patient is put on a dose specifically chosen according to individual hormone levels, stress level and overall health assessment.

Since the product is compounded at special pharmacies, any dose of the hormone can be added, subtracted and adjusted as needed. This individualized hormone replacement therapy takes into account that we are not the same.

All the benefits of hormone replacement therapy—mood, sex drive heart, brain, and bone density –apply to natural hormone replacement without clinical evidence of the well documented side effects of the synthetic , horse urine, conjugated estrogens contained in conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
What is the difference between “bioidentical” and chemical/synthetic hormones?
  1. Mixture of horse urine—based, synthetic estrogens plus additives and coatings, which are also synthetic.
  2. Can remain in the body for as long as 13 weeks.
  3. Potency of synthetic estrogen is approximately 200 times that of natural estrogen.
  4. Contains higher percentage of more aggressive types of estrogen.
  5. “One-size-fits-all” dosing.
Natural-Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  1. Bioidentical replaces instead of substituting an unfamiliar chemical.
  2. Eliminated from the body in a matter of hours, not weeks.
  3. Potency is the same or even less than estrogen levels in ovulating women.
  4. Customized treatment program.
  5. Physiologic doses are used.
  6. All of the body’s other hormones are evaluated and treated simultaneously , to keep natural balance intact (DHEA, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormones, insulin, etc)
  7. Diet/nutrition, exercise, stress control, digestion, and detox are equally important parts of treatment.
Latest Research
It’s not the estrogen you take that makes breast cancer, but the estrogen you make. We know that estrogen converts into other forms (metabolites), which determine the ultimate effects of estrogen on your body.

It appears to be the metabolites of estrogen that determine the risk of developing breast cancer. (Metabolite: The product of the chemical changes a substance undergoes in the tissue.)
There are three significant metabolites of estrogen that determine cancer risk:
  • The first is 2-hydroxy estrone (good for you). It does not stimulate cell division and it attaches to estrogen cell receptors and blocks attachment of more aggressive estrogens.
  • The second is 16-hydroxy estrone (bad for you). This one strongly attaches to receptors and stimulated DNA synthesis and cell replication. It binds permanently tor receptors, while other estrogens attach briefly and are released.
  • The third metabolite is 4-hydroxy Estrone (also bad for you). May directly damage DNA and can cause mutations that are carcinogenic.
Equiine estrogens (Premarin, Prempro) promote metabolism of the 4-hydroxy estrones, causing mutagenic damage (cancer potential) five times more rapidly than human 4-hydroxy estrones.
Too high (or low) doses of ANY type of hormone (hormone imbalance) will cause undesirable side effects. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is prescribed at the lowest effective doses, and treatment is followed with regular lab tests (saliva) and regular visits to the Himes Health and Wellness Center office.