What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
For patients seeking access to Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), Stark Pharmacy provides free consultation service to help you determine the benefits of an ongoing hormone management program. This program allows us to evaluate by means of a completed patient history form and personal or phone consultation. Through a completed patient history form and a consultation with our hormone specialty pharmacist, a therapy can then be suggested and a customized prescription can be requested from your physician.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a layperson’s term for the treatment of the hormone deficiencies caused by menopause using only molecules that are identical to the endogenous hormones found in the human body. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy differs from traditional hormone replacement therapy which includes animal-derived and invented molecules that are similar to, but not identical, to human hormones. “BHRT” is also used more generally to describe the practice of using only bioidentical hormones in the treatment of all hormone deficiencies, not just menopause.
What is the difference between bio-identical and synthetic hormones?
Synthetic hormones are manufactured in laboratories, for mass consumption, in other words, one-pill-fits-all. Because they are synthetic and not natural, they can produce unwanted side effects like nausea, fluid retention, and dizziness. And there are also potential dangers like the increased risk of breast or uterine cancer.
Bioidentical hormones, contrary to synthetic hormones, are extracted from natural sources, plants like soybean and wild yams, and their molecular structure is identical to that of the hormones produced by our bodies.
They can also be compounded (made into cream) to suit your specific hormone replacements needs, allowing you to receive individualized treatment.
Each patient receives individualized doses to meet their unique needs. You are unique, with your own normal hormone levels. Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and other hormones must be properly balanced for optimum health. Working with your physician and a compounding pharmacist, you can receive specific amounts of each hormone to create the therapy that is just right for you.
Some advantages of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy are:
- Improved look and feel of hair and skin
- Weight loss
- Improved sex drive
- Improved mental health
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Decreased risk of osteoporosis
- Decreased risk of heart attack