Hormones play a significant roles in a women’s health and well being. Imbalances in the natural symphony of a women’s hormones can lead to a variety of symptoms which can affect her quality of life. As women pass through the stages of life they can suffer hormonal problems including PMS symptoms, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, cysts, infertility, hair loss, peri-menopause and menopause.
The hormones in your body play a key role in your overall health. Your sex hormones are:
These sex hormones interact with cortisol (your stress hormone), insulin (your glucose regulator) and thyroid hormones (which regulates many important functions in your body). All these hormones literally play a symphony in your body. If your hormone symphony is playing in tune, you feel fabulous. If your hormones are not balanced then you start to experience symptoms.
There are many other things that influence how much of a hormone is made. For example:
- An unhealthy diet
- Too much or not enough exercise
- Too many or too few vitamins
Bioidentical hormones have a chemical structure which are identical to the hormones made in the human body, which is why we call them bioidentical. This identical molecular structure is the key differentiating factor between natural or bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones. It is like a lock and key. For the door to open you must use the the right key which is identical in structure to the lock. In this way, bioidentical hormones are able to unlock all the benefits by replicating the function of the hormones which were originally naturally produced and present in the human body. The chemical structure must match the original. The structural difference of the synthetic hormones is responsible for the side effects that are experienced when non-bioidentical hormones are used for replacement therapy.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
The aim of BHRT is to provide adequate supply of the deficient hormone in a form and strength as close to possible to that which was originally produced, therefore resulting in normal physiological effects.
Bioidentical HRT can be compounded in the needed strength and dosage form and administered via the most appropriate route to meet each individual’s needs. The doses used should ideally be based on hormone test results to ensure optimal physiological levels are obtained.
We believe that the best and safest method to administer bioidentical hormones is via a cream. Hormones administered by creams bypass the stomach and the first pass metabolism of the liver and thus allow lower physiological doses to be administered when compared to other methods such as capsules and troches (lozenges). The release of the hormone from the cream is more physiological providing a fairly consistent release over time without the significant fluctuations often observed with capsules and troches. Finally if oestrogens are swallowed by capsule or troche they may be metabolised by bacteria in the bowel forming oestrogens that can increase the chance of blood clotting and thromboembolism. This effect is not observed with creams.
Our compounding pharmacists offer advise and, if preferred, private consolations to help women understand their own health needs. Our pharmacists can guide you on how to live a healthier lifestyle and avoid health problems that typically affect women.
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