About Bioidentical Hormones - What You Should Know
Bioidentical Hormones for Menopause, Andropause, and Much More
Hormone Replacement Therapy, is the expected therapy for women whose hormone levels have dropped, whether through the aging process or for some other reason, such as ovarian hysterectomy. As more and more women live longer, hormone therapy has become a way to extend a healthy vibrant life with strong healthy bones.
Restore Health, researchers, and healthcare providers use the terms “natural” and “bioidentical” to mean molecularly identical to the hormones produced in your body. Individualized, low-dose bioidentical hormone therapy is an alternative approach to synthetic hormone therapy. It uses what are called bioidentical (natural) hormones like estradiol, estriol, progesterone, cortisol, testosterone, and DHEA. The chemical structure of these hormones is exactly the same as the hormones produced naturally by a woman’s body.
A low-dose bioidentical hormone therapy prescription can be easily customized for each woman’s unique needs by qualified compounding pharmacies, those which make customized medications. Individualization includes testing a woman’s current hormone levels with a highly sensitive saliva test, determining the specific combination of hormones she requires, and prescribing at the lowest effective dose, thereby minimizing unwanted side-effects. These prescriptions can be administered in a variety of forms including tablets, capsules, patches, and creams. The ability to customize the strength as well as the dosage form is unique to compounding pharmacies and an option many women find appealing as it enables them to have their medication tailored to their individual needs and preferences.
Synthetic hormones are made in laboratories, en masse, and have a chemical structure similar, but not identical, to the hormones produced in a woman’s body. Because they are not identical, synthetic hormones cannot be counted on to act in the same way human hormones do. They may or may not produce the PMS, perimenopause, and menopause symptom control you desire. As these studies show, they may also produce potentially dangerous side effects such as an increased risk of heart attack, blood clots, stroke, and breast cancer. Furthermore, synthetic hormones are prescribed in limited dosages, not always an individualized low-dose. This “one-size-fits-all” approach increases the chance that the prescribed drug will produce unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects.
Bioidentical hormone therapy has been enhancing the quality of life for countless women and men for years. If your healthcare provider is not offering this choice to you, then it is up to you to take responsibility for educating yourself and your provider about this important option for healthy living and healthy aging – or to find another healthcare provider who is willing to listen and work with you.
Expert Help For Your Bioidentical Hormone Prescription
With your prescribing healthcare provider, the expert pharmacists at Restore Health develop individualized treatment options from your self-assessment using noninvasive tests developed at Restore Health.
The consulting pharmacists at Restore Health work with patients and their healthcare providers to customize individualize low-dose natural hormone therapy regimens.
Bioidentical Hormones Available through Restore Health
Restore Health’s family of companies offer a variety of options for taking hormones, and a variety of testing options. You can take hormones through your skin in gel, or cream form, whichever works best for you. A transdermal patch delivers continuous hormone therapy. Oral tablets for each hormone or combinations can be individually compounded for you.
The Restore® Program incorporates a simple, but very sensitive, saliva test to measure a baseline hormone profile for up to five hormones: estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol; and a urine NTx test to measure rate of bone loss. Follow-up testing is suggested at three months, and then annually (or as needed to affect the desired therapeutic outcome.) With a prescription from your healthcare provider, Restore Clinical Services will mail your home testing kit directly to you. In packaging we’ve provided, you send your samples directly to Restore Diagnostics laboratory for testing. Samples are collected in the comfort of your own home. No needles required.
The natural hormones compounded individually by Restore Health’s expert pharmacists are prescription medications, and are used successfully to manage symptoms of PMS, perimenopause, menopause, and andropause. Because bioidentical hormones can be prescribed at low doses tailored to each man and woman’s individual hormone levels, there can be maximum benefit with the lowest possible dose. Choosing among various low-dose estrogens is a decision best made by you and your healthcare provider based on the specific symptoms that need to be managed, and accurate test results.