Bio-identical hormones
are identical in structure and function to the hormones naturally produced in our bodies.

They are hand compounded and plant derived, unlike synthetically produced pharmaceutical hormones.


Testosterone
helps to promote muscle strength and exercise endurance. It improves libido, increases energy level, improves bone density and increases body hair and male characteristics. It also has cardiovascular protection, reduces breast cancer, and helps us sleep better.

What are hormones and why are they Important?
To begin to understand the delicate and seemingly complex role that hormones play in our bodies and thus affecting essentially all other body systems; let me liken this “hormone model” to one of a key in a lock. Hormones are chemical messengers (the keys) secreted from the endocrine glands into the blood stream. Once these hormones are secreted they bind (or go into) with a receptor site (this is the lock on a door) on the cell wall of their target organ (your house). This reaction then allows the hormone to enter the cell and deliver its message. Or simply stated: the key “enters” the lock which then in turn opens the door to your house.

Once inside the cell, the hormones may regulate DNA and RNA production, the synthesis of cell proteins, production of enzymes, and influence the energy producing center of each cell (mitochondria). Essentially they are in your “house” to help you function effectively and efficiently. Moreover, hormones also play a vital role in regulating our body’s response to stress, help to maintain blood sugar levels, menstruation, kidney function, and sexual function to name a few.

As we age, hormone production (or the number of keys) begin to decrease. Thus, as you can see from the above example when this decline occurs it can negatively impact all other bodily systems. Back to our analogy of the key and lock; if you have four locks on your front door , but only two keys you will not be able to effectively gain entrance into your home. This age related hormone imbalance plays a dominant role in both our mental and emotional well being. Sottopelle is an ideal way to restore this balance and RE-gain your life!

Other factors that may affect hormone production:

  • nutritional deficiencies • exposure to toxins
  • lack of exercise
  • chronic stress
  • endocrine disorders
  • malnutrition
  • sleep disorders
  • lack of sunlight
  • certain prescription and over-the-counter medications

What is the purpose of hormone replacement therapy?

  1. It improves the quality of life by reducing menopausal symptoms such as hot flush, insomnia, depression, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and decreased libido.
  2. Prevents osteoporosis, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular diseases.
  3. Slows down the aging process. One of the theories of aging is decline of hormones which reduce our body's ability to repair and regulate itself. Hormone replacement helps to reset the body’s hormone clock and delays the aging process.

What's the difference between bio-equivalent hormones and synthetic hormones?
Both bio-equivalent hormones and synthetic hormones are produced by pharmaceutical companies and FDA approved. bio-equivalent hormones have the same structures as our own hormones while synthetic hormones have similar structures but not exactly the same. It makes sense to use bio-equivalent hormones to reduce the possibility of side effects.

Examples of bio-equivalent hormones and synthetic hormones are:

bio-equivalent
synthetic
Estrogen
estrace, estrodial, Vivelle dot, biestrogen, triestrogen
Premarin
Progesterone
Prometrium
Provera
Testosterone
Testosterone
Methyl Testosterone

Can bio-equivalent hormone therapy cause breast cancer?
There are many reasons women develop breast cancer:

  1. Increased exposure to carcinogens, such as xenohormones from eating meat, egg, cheese or milk from animals injected with hormones, other sources are pesticides, artificial food colors, sweeteners and preservatives, car exhaust, paint, plastics, dyes and solvents, etc…
  2. . Decreased immunity: Our body makes millions of new cells every day and some of them maybe cancerous. If the immune system works well, it will destroy the cancerous cells thus preventing cancer.
  3. Estrogen is a growth hormone so if you have cancer cells on board, they will grow faster with the use of estrogen. Nature designed progesterone to balance the overgrowth action of estrogen, and studies show testosterone has a protective effect on breast tissue.

HRT can help people sleep better, feel better emotionally and improve our immunity. Proper combination of progesterone and testosterone with estrogen will not increase the incidence of breast cancer.

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HRT-Controversy
There has been controversy on the topic of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for the last 15 years.