Synthetic vs. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Synthetic hormones often differ in molecular structure from those produced naturally within the human body, and therefore, are not a perfect match.Â Â As a result, traditional HRT has risky side effects including headaches, breast tenderness, weight gain, and an increased risk of breast and endometrial cancer.Â Â Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a safe and reliable alternative to traditional HRT.
Bio-identical hormones, sometimes referred to as Natural Hormones, are identical in function and organic composition to human hormones.Â Â The body can recognize the hormone and knows how to use it.Â Â Because BHRT is prescribed and compounded specifically for each individual, it is well-tolerated by the body, reducing and often eliminating symptoms in most women without the side effects reported from the use of synthetic HRT.
Everyone is Unique
There is no “one size fits all” approach with BHRT.Â Â Every person is unique and so are his/her hormonal needs!Â Â BHRT may consist of any combination of progesterone, estrone, estradiol, estriol, testosterone, and DHEA.Â Â To determine which hormones a patient needs, and in what dosage, a physician and a pharmacist must consult with the patient about the symptoms.Â Â For some patients, a saliva test may also be necessary to pinpoint exact hormone levels currently within the body.Â Â By utilizing both the symptoms and hormone levels, a course of treatment can then be precisely developed for each patient and tailored when necessary. Just as each patient’s hormonal needs are unique, so are the dosage forms that best suit his/her Bio-identical HRT.Â Â The compounding of BHRT allows complete flexibility of both the dose and dosage forms.
- Weight Gain
- Mood Swings
- Hot Flashes
- Sleep Disturbances
- Night Sweats
Below are some of the active pharmaceutical ingredients in our formulations: