The Marion Gluck Clinic, London offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as part of a holistic, functional medicine approach to treating the patient. (Bolding by HCS)
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) replaces hormonal deficiencies so that optimal balance is created.
BHRT is hormone therapy designed and tailored for each individual patient. Every patient is different and presents a unique set of symptoms and hormone levels that warrant a customised therapy. The amount and dosage form (capsule, cream, lozenge) of each prescription is dependent on many factors. Signs and symptoms must be properly reviewed prior to commencing or recommending therapy.
Bio-identical hormones are 100% identical in chemical structure to those that are found in the human body. Unlike synthetic hormones, which are used in conventional HRT, bio-identical hormones are not recognised as foreign to the body. Although bio-identical hormones are natural, it is important to note that too much of any hormone can be dangerous if dosed inappropriately. That is why it is important to monitor hormone levels and symptoms as required for each patient. The doctor can then customise a hormone therapy based on the needs and symptoms of the patient.
The benefits of BHRT are very significant. BHRT relieves the symptoms that frequently accompany menopause and andropause. There is increasing evidence that it can reduce the risk of various medical and chronic conditions, such as stroke and heart attack, osteoporosis (which may even be reversed) and dementia. There is also a likely decrease in the risk of osteoarthritis and periodontal disease. BHRT significantly reduce wrinkles and the signs of aging.
Your hormone levels are measured usually by simple blood tests and an assessment is made during careful consultation with a doctor. The assessment may recommend treatment with bio-identical hormones. These are compounded in different strengths and proportions in accordance with your symptoms, test results and subsequent prescription. This makes each treatment plan bespoke and unique to you. We often also recommended specific supplements and vitamins to augment the BHRT that you have been prescribed.