Are you “out of balance”? For both men and women, as we age, an understanding of the hormonal link to a healthy mind and body has never been more important.
The phytoestrogens found in these plant sources are converted by enzymatic processes in a laboratory to the hormones identical to the ones produced by the body - hence the term bio (body) identical hormones.
Our bodies do not contain the enzymes required to convert the phytoestrogens to bio-identical hormones, so if one ingested the plant, there would be no effect because the body could not convert it to hormones.That is where bio-identical hormone replacement comes in.
What is bio-identical hormone replacement?
How are bio-identical hormones used?
What does compounding bioidentical hormones mean?
The science of compounding bio-identical hormones addresses many problems faced by healthcare providers, and assists in meeting specific patient needs. Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes in standard drugs, or are lactose intolerant. A compounding pharmacist can compound bio-identical hormones and other medications that are free of preservatives, dyes, and lactose. Other patients may have a difficult time taking medications in their available form. Another benefit of compounding bio-identical hormones and other medications is the ability to change the strength, dosage form, or flavor of the commercially available drug, making it easier to take. Whether a different strength, altered dosage form, or more palatable flavor is needed, compounding bio-identical hormones can be the solution to many patients’ needs.
In natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, the hormones can be tailored to suit each individual patient’s body, system and needs. As a result, these natural hormones are widely considered significantly less risky than their synthetic counterparts.
Natural hormones for therapy are available in a variety of dosage forms including capsules, topical or vaginal creams, gels, troches, or suppositories. Generally, those forms that are applied to the skin do not undergo a process called first pass metabolism by the liver like the forms that are swallowed. Lozenges that are placed in the cheek or under the tongue also bypass this process. Troches and lozenges can also be flavored to individual preference to make natural bio-identical hormones therapy pleasant to take.
What is “natural” about hormone replacement therapy? Is there another kind?
The alternative is synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT), the dangers of which have been widely reported by the media. Many women’s health experts are advising post-menopausal women on synthetic HRT to talk to their doctors about switching to natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Because natural, or bio-identical, hormones are chemically and structurally identical to the hormones our bodies produce, they are widely considered less risky than the artificial alternatives.
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