Dr. Kimberly Brown ND, LAc
(408) 357-3422
3535 Ross Avenue, Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95124

Why Bio-Identical Hormones?

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) provides specifically designed hormones that are molecularly identical to those that naturally occur in the human body. The hormones originate from a plant source and are then compounded into identical forms of natural estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

Testing and personalized treatment is key.

Testing is done on each patient taking any form of BHRT. Testing is repeated annually. Hormone prescriptions are customized for each patient in order to eliminate symptoms at the lowest dosage.
Hormones are fabulous for some women and may not be appropriate for others. The ‘one-size-fits-all’ model is incongruent with naturopathic medicine and bioidentical hormone replacement. Dr. Brown individualizes hormone dosing based on patient health history, serum hormone levels, patient goals, risk prevention, and patient symptoms.

Are bioidentical hormones safe?

Bio-Identical hormone replacement is, theoretically, safer than estrogens made from horse urine or synthetic progestins. The problem is that there are very few studies using bioidentical hormones because they are identical what is found in the human body and therefore cannot be patented. What we do know is the following. Bio-Identical progesterone has been shown in studies to be much safer than synthetic progestins. Bio-Identical estrogen is a growth hormone in the body and may have adverse effects on uterine and breast tissue, especially if not balanced with progesterone. Estrogen can cause estrogen receptor positive breast cancers to grow and is therefore it is not recommended that women with breast cancer or a history of breast cancer. Estrogen replacement is not advised for patients at high risk for stroke or breast cancer but is currently being studied at low doses for the prevention of strokes.

Can everyone take BHRT?

At this time, it is not recommended for women who have or had breast cancer, stroke or clotting disorders. It is also not advised for women who have a familial history or genetic disposition of these. In addition, BHRT is not given to women who have been postmenopausal for greater than 10 years.

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