Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT) uses hormones that are identical to the hormones produced in the human body. Physicians have been prescribing them for over 20 years.
Physicians and Compounding pharmacists suggest the use of Bio-Identical Hormones to meet the needs of women in perimenopause, menopause and PMS, and of men in andropause.
Compounding pharmacists can customize medications to fit the needs of patients to mimic normal hormonal levels in the body. Male patients who supplement with testosterone are experiencing good results for the treatment of andropause.
Compounding pharmacists work closely with the physician and patient to decide on the most appropriate dosage form and strength to prescribe for the patient. The different dosage forms available for Bio-Identical Hormone preparations include capsules, topical creams, suppositories and sublingual troches (lozenges).
Compounded bio-identical hormone preparations are identical in chemical structure to hormones found naturally in the human body. They are derived from sources including, wild yam and soy beans. Conventional (synthetic) hormones are similar, but not identical in chemical structure, to human hormones. They are derived from a variety of sources including pregnant mares urine. The chemical structure affects the way the body responds to the hormones. Complications arising from synthetic hormone replacement therapy may be linked to these differences in chemical structure. Smith‘s Pharmacy compounds customized bio-identical hormone preparations to meet the unique requirements of each individual. With a physician‘s prescription, options can be chosen regarding the specific hormones required, the strength, dosage form and most suitable route for administration.
Hormonal Misbalance & Associated Symptoms
Many women suffer from the unwanted effects of hormone imbalance commonly experienced as premenstrual symptoms or peri-menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms. In certain cases, the resulting symptoms may begin to reduce the quality of a woman‘s life.
Premenstrual symptoms may include: decreased libido, weight gain, sugar cravings, sleep disturbances, fibrocystic breasts, irregular or heavy menses, headaches, anxious moods, irritable mood, edema, bloating, mood swings.
Peri-menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms may include: hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, foggy thinking, memory lapses, incontinence, tearfulness, depression, sleep disturbances, palpitations, headaches, hair loss, thinning of the skin, decreased muscle mass, reduced bone density (osteoporosis).
The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to remove or alleviate symptoms of hormonal imbalances. All hormone replacement therapies carry some potential risk. The goal of hormone replacement is to improve a woman‘s quality of life by providing a treatment that carries the lowest risk.
Bio-Identical Hormones: Estrogens (Estradiol, Estriol & Estrone), Testosterone and Micronized Progesterone
These hormones are most commonly derived from plant sources such as Mexican wild yam and soy because these sources are also plentiful and cost effective. They may also be derived from animal sources. Bio-identical hormones are considered natural because they are synthesized or made to be identical in chemical structure to the hormones naturally occurring in the human body. For this reason, drug manufacturers cannot patent them. It has been proposed, that bio-identical hormones carry less risks of side effects than conventional synthetic hormones because their molecular structure is chemically identical to the hormones naturally produced by the body.
Saliva Testing - Hormonal Analysis
Hormones are chemicals that travel through the blood, into the tissues and give the cells information so they can perform properly. Hormone imbalances can cause health problems. Some typical symptoms associated with hormone imbalances are hot flashes, depression, low sex drive, irritability, weight gain, increased muscle weakness, change in skin and hair, fatigue and night sweats. The results of hormone testing can indicate hormone imbalances and suggest appropriate treatment for the patient.
Hormone testing can show hormone imbalances that could also indicate future health problems like pre-diabetes, thyroid or adrenal dysfunction, breast cancer etc., as well as monitor Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy process.