Why take hormones at all?
Where do Bio-Identical hormones come from?
Our bodies use cholesterol to make all our sex hormones. Bio-identical hormones are derived from a cholesterol-like substance found in wild yams or soybeans, however this is not the reason they are called "natural". This plant “cholesterol” is tweaked in the lab in order to achieve the exact chemical structure of hormones produced in the body. Since bio-identical hormones are chemically identical to our own hormones, the body cannot distinguish between them.
What hormones are used in Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy?
Depending on the symptoms and results from blood and/or saliva testing several hormones are used. Primarily they are Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2), Estriol (E3), Progesterone, Testosterone and DHEA.
What is the difference between synthetic and Bio-identical hormones?
The most commonly prescribed progesterone replacement is actually a synthetic progestin (a progesterone-like substance), called medroxyprogesterone. This compound is a man-made product which does not mimic all the properties of natural progesterone throughout the body. It masks some of the symptoms of menopause but does not provide the benefits of natural progesterone.
How do you determine what hormones I need?
Hormone testing and symptom evaluation is an integral part of most BHRT treatment plans. Using a blood or saliva test, hormone dominance or deficiencies can be measured and used as a guide for therapy. Understanding which symptoms we’re working to eliminate is also key as this determines the combination of hormones your clinician prescribes. Since everyone’s body chemistry is unique, your plan may need to undergo slight modifications along the way in order to bring your hormones into balance.
The trained pharmacists at Custom Medicine can meet with you to evaluate your symptoms and lab results and put a treatment plan recommendation together for your clinician’s review. To schedule a consult, simply contact us.
How do I take Bio-identical hormones?
One of the biggest assets to bio-identical hormone replacement is that they are available in a variety of dosage forms. Since bio-identical hormones are formulated by compounding pharmacists, each dose can be compounded to each person’s specific needs, whereas synthetic hormones are limited to a few doses. Transdermal creams and sublingual (under the tongue) lozenge/troches or drops are usually the most effective ways to administer these hormones to provide more consistent absorption into the body. Slow release capsules, vaginal creams and suppositories are also commonly used. We invite you to discuss these options with our pharmacists.
Is it possible to switch to Bio-identical hormones if I am taking a synthetic product already?
What can I do if my physician is not familiar with prescribing Bio-identical hormones?
How do I get started on Bio-identical hormones?
1. Information – Custom Medicine Pharmacenter offers a number of resources including bestselling books by BHRT experts such as Drs. Jonathan V. Wright, Susan Rako, Eugene Shippen, Christiane Northrup and John R. Lee. Also, Suzanne Somers speaks to these issues in her book, “The Sexy Years”. We frequently offer seminars which provide an indepth review of the BHRT.
2. Hormone Evaluation – BHRT does not have a “standard dose” and must be customized to each woman. Your current hormone levels are evaluated through either a blood serum test ordered by a physician, or you may choose to conduct a saliva test yourself.
4. Prescription – Based on your symptoms and/or lab results, your clinician will prescribe your specific therapy. Custom Medicine will formulate your prescription in one of many dosage forms, including capsules, sublingual tablets, creams, gels and vaginal suppositories.